Jamahal Hill splits Glover Teixeira to claim light heavyweight championship

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Jamahal Hill defeated Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 283 by unanimous decision to win the light heavyweight championship on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro. The title is the 31-year-old’s first career belt. The three judges’ scorecards read 50-44.

The fight was almost called off after the fourth round after a flurry of heavy fire from Hill. Hill rocked Teixeira to his foundations several times in rounds two, three and four, weaponizing several attacks.

In the fifth, Teixeira landed the coveted takedown he had been chasing all night, but Hill’s vastly improved ground game neutralized Teixeira’s submission attempts and got the fight going again.

Hill had the striking advantage throughout the fight, splitting Teixeira in the first minute and landing jabs, uppercuts and sharp hooks. The respected striker also surprised Teixeira with a mix of head kicks, an instrument he hadn’t showcased before.

The 43-year-old Teixeira made his first appearance since losing the title to Jiří Procházka at UFC 275. His strategy in the first round was clearly to bring down Hill, but the size of the 6-foot-4 Hill inches made it almost impossible for the Brazilian filing expert. By the end of the third round, Hill had defended 13 of Teixeira’s 14 takedown attempts, including all seven in the first round.

The standing barrage began in earnest in the second round, where Hill rocked Teixeira and opened a gash through the former champion’s eye. This was followed by an almost identical scene in the third.

With the title, Hill becomes the first fighter from Dana White’s Contender Series to win a championship.

After the fight, Teixeira announced his retirement after a 42-fight career spanning nearly 21 years. The Brazilian recorded six straight wins from 2019 to 2021 to claim his first championship at UFC 267.

In the co-main event, Brandon Moreno defeated Deiveson Figueiredo to win the Flyweight Championship, his second division reign of his career. Moreno took the win after a doctor stopped after the third round.

Moreno controlled much of the first 15 minutes of the fight, earning takedowns in every round and mastering the standing game. The show later announced that the three judges scored the fight two rounds to one in Moreno’s favor.

In the third, Moreno connected with a left hook that grazed Figueiredo’s eye, then followed immediately with a sharp right. As Figueiredo turned to the referee in protest, Moreno completed his takedown and ended the round by landing on hard ground.

Between rounds, Figueiredo’s eye swelled completely, forcing the ringside doctor to blow it off. The win capped the pair’s fourth consecutive title fight. Moreno took two victories in the rivalry, while Figueiredo took one after the initial title fight ended in a majority draw.

After the fight, Figueiredo announced that he would be leaving the flyweight division and moving up to bantamweight.

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