The era of the legendary Glover Teixeira came to an end. Jamahal Hill silenced a slew of critics after he soundly defeated the veteran from Brazil to claim the vacant light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro.
Although Teixeira was the favorite for his experience and talents, Hill unleashed a relentless and punishing onslaught round after round, tearing apart the man of the house and keeping thousands of attendees at the resort town’s Jeunesse Arena silent.
Hill was on the verge of multiple finishes and on the verge of a knockout, but somehow the veteran kept finding a way to survive and by the end of the fight there will be no doubt: the young warrior secured victory before falling off his feet. knees in tears to celebrate that he had become the new 205-pound champion.
“Where I came from to get to this is unreal,” Hill said after hearing the unanimous verdict from the judges who handed out identical 50-44 scorecards. “Everything is possible. Hard work, dedication, responsibility, don’t let anyone tell you that nothing is impossible”
As Hill spoke tearfully with Daniel Cormier, the 43-year-old Teixeira calmly removed his gloves before taking the microphone to announce that Saturday night would be the last fight of his legendary career.
“Actually, I think I’m too tough for my own good,” Teixeira commented.
“Too hard for my health. I can’t keep up anymore. I’m going to focus my energy on Alex Pereira. He will keep his belt for a while and then move up to light heavyweight. It is an honor to put down the gloves the same night as ‘Shogun’ [Mauricio Rua]. I wish we were back in the days of Royce Gracie, where he could be followed without assaults, but that’s not the case. I’m no longer up to it.”
It was an incredible performance from Hill, who stayed in the fight on relatively short notice, after the previous attempt to crown a new light heavyweight champion in December ended in a majority draw between Magomed Ankalaev and Jan Blachowicz.
The bout played out in a similar fashion throughout the five rounds, with Hill parrying all of Teixeira’s attempts to outmaneuver him and then attacking the Brazilian with a variety of punches. From brutal uppercuts to vicious head kicks, Hill was on point from start to finish.
“Too many people tried to tell me that I couldn’t do it,” added Hill, who launched real bombshells at Teixeira.
“It was impossible. She had to win in a round. He couldn’t hold five [asaltos]what the f… do you have to say now, tell me?”
This story was originally published on January 22, 2023 3:49 a.m.