UFC 283 results, insights: Jamahal Hill proves a worthy champion, Glover Teixeira retires on time

UFC 283 results, insights: Jamahal Hill proves a worthy champion, Glover Teixeira retires on time

UFC 283 results, insights: Jamahal Hill proves a worthy champion, Glover Teixeira retires on time

In the first map on Brazilian soil in three years, Saturday’s UFC 283 pay-per-view event provided plenty of fireworks and big moments in Rio de Janeiro.

In addition to two title fights on the marquee, the card also featured 17 different Brazilian-born fighters in 15 fights. Legendary light heavyweight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua also said goodbye after ending a 21-year career, and retired featherweight king Jose Aldo was brought to tears at the cage when it was announced he would lead the class in the 2023 UFC Hall of Fame.

Let’s take a closer look at the biggest takeaways from the action in the Octagon.

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1. Jamahal Hill earned every inch of the UFC light heavyweight title

There was no shortage of criticism for the UFC knives after a December tie between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant 205-pound title saw President Dana White Glover hastily order Teixeira to turn around the No. 7 mound to set the belt. But the extra miles inside the cage forced on Hill by former champion Teixeira and his otherworldly toughness did much to make Hill feel like a legitimate champion in the end. Hill stayed off his back throughout the first round to set a tone that Teixeira couldn’t mistreat him on the ground. From there, Hill hit his feet with superb boxing and incredible poise while demonstrating five rounds of championship endurance and passing every single test Teixeira put him through.

This was a mature, game-changing performance for a 31-year-old fighter that went largely unheralded despite an 11-1 record. So many others would have buckled in his place if they hadn’t been fully prepared for the opportunity because Teixeira simply wouldn’t capitulate, even as extreme swelling and blood around his eyes obscured his vision and seemingly kept him a punch away from the collect entire fight. Even as Teixeira rallied to bring Hill down on lap 5 and slipped into full power for a short time, Hill never broke down and broke down emotionally after the final horn when it became clear his dreams had come true, even though many had so loudly counted him out.

2. Glover Teixeira’s post-fight retirement came at just the right time

Teixeira said so himself after the fight, admitting he’s probably being too tough for his own good, before confirming the unanimous decision loss in his third shot at UFC gold would be his last. For a fighter who has already drastically redefined his legacy by blazing his way to the title in 2021 at the age of 42, the performance that Teixeira most recently saved against Hill was as memorable and impressive as any of his 33 pro wins . There was a moment after Round 4, with the cage doctor examining his badly damaged face, that Teixeira’s corner would have been justified in throwing in the towel, just to prevent Teixeira jeopardizing his own eventual retirement. Hill, a well-known knockout artist who started a three-fight final series on Saturday, landed the kind of headbutts and powerful right hands that would have taken out 99% of the planet, yet Teixeira never stopped, in such an inspiring performance up front pushing was crazy. Known for his kind heart and demeanor, Teixeira may not receive the same recognition usually reserved for Brazilian MMA heroes like Rua, Aldo, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva or Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, but he belongs with every one of them a table based on what’s in it. UFC 283 marked the conclusion of one of the most exciting second chapters in MMA history.

3. Brandon Moreno left no doubt as to who won the quadrilogy flyweight title

Despite a chorus of boos and a barrage of trash thrown at him by a pro-deveison Figueiredo crowd, Moreno successfully clinched a deal his historic four-fight rivalry and it wasn’t even that close. Moreno twice escaped Figueiredo’s legitimate attempts at submission, but dominated him in almost every other aspect. Not only did Moreno improve to 2-1-1 against Figueiredo, making him the winner of the rivalry, his two victories were both mostly one-sided stoppages. Even with a late camp change after UFC coach Jason Krause was suspended amid a gambling scandal, Moreno kept his poise and was crisp with his shot. A left hook in round 3 resulted in a second cut around Figueiredo’s right eye, which swelled shut and prompted the doctor at the cage to inspect after the round and advise referee Herb Dean to stop the fight. Figueiredo announced in the post-fight interview that he was officially promoted to bantamweight, giving Moreno a second chance to establish a lasting title reign.

4. Gilbert Burns is still a problem at welterweight

Unable to lure Colby Covington or Jorge Masvidal into a big-buck fight, Burns chose to keep busy against the ever-playing Neil Magny. And at 36, with youthful locks on his head, Burns looked like a potential second run for a 170-pound title shot was still within reach after beating Magny en route to a first-round submission had dominated. After a three-round tussle against Khamzat Chimaev in his last game in a controversial decision loss, Burns refocused on his grappling strength and boldly proclaimed after the win that there isn’t another welterweight he couldn’t do the same thing against . Oh yeah, and “Durinho” also added a mic-drop moment to close by calling out Covington again.

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