UFC 283 results, conclusions: Jamahal Hill proves worthy champion, Glover Teixeira retires just in time

UFC 283 results, conclusions: Jamahal Hill proves worthy champion, Glover Teixeira retires just in time

UFC 283 results, conclusions: Jamahal Hill proves worthy champion, Glover Teixeira retires just in time

On the first card on Brazilian soil in three years, Saturday’s UFC 283 pay-per-view was full of fireworks and great moments in Rio de Janeiro.

Along with two marquee-topping title fights, the card also featured 17 different Brazilian fighters across 15 bouts. Legendary light heavyweight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua also said goodbye after the end of a 21-year career and retired featherweight king José Aldo was moved to tears beside the cage when it was announced that he would headline the 2023 class of the UFC Hall of Fame.

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

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1. Jamahal Hill Won Every Inch of the UFC Light Heavyweight Title

The UFC has not been short of criticism after a December draw between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant 205-pound title led to president Dana White hastily ordering Glover Teixeira to face the No. 7 ranked Hill for the belt. But the extra miles inside the cage that Hill was forced to go through by former champion Teixeira and his preternatural level of stamina went a long way toward making Hill feel like the rightful champion when all was said and done. Hill stayed away from his back for the entire first round to set a tone that Teixeira wouldn’t be able to handle him on the ground. From there, Hill excelled with superb boxing and incredible poise while displaying five-round championship endurance and passing every test Teixeira had for him.

This was a mature and breakthrough performance for a 31-year-old fighter that went unheralded despite an 11-1 record coming in. Many others would have caved in their place if they weren’t quite ready for the opportunity because Teixeira simply wasn’t going to capitulate, even as the extreme swelling and blood around his eyes compromised his eyesight and was seemingly one punch away from putting the entire fight together. . Even when Teixeira recovered to drop Hill in Round 5, briefly sliding to full mount, Hill never broke down and broke down emotionally after the final horn once it was clear that his dreams had come true, even though many owed him had spoken so openly. Outside.

2. Glover Teixeira’s post-fight retirement was just in time

Teixeira said as much after the fight, admitting it’s probably too tough for his own good before confirming that the unanimous decision loss in his third shot at UFC gold would be his last. For a fighter who has already dramatically redefined his legacy by blasting his way to the title at age 42 in 2021, the performance Teixeira saved for the final against Hill was as memorable and impressive as any of his 33 professional wins. There was a moment after round 4, when the cage doctor examined his badly damaged face, that Teixeira’s corner would have been justified in throwing in the towel simply to prevent Teixeira from jeopardizing his own retirement. A notable knockout artist who entered Saturday in a three-fight streak, Hill landed the kind of head kicks and powerful right hands that would have finished 99% of the planet, but Teixeira never stopped pushing in a performance as awe-inspiring as he was crazy. Known for his good heart and demeanor, Teixeira may not receive the same acclaim normally reserved for Brazilian MMA heroes like Rua, Aldo, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva or Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, but he belongs at the same table as any of them based on the which is inside it. UFC 283 marked the closing of one of the most exciting second chapters in MMA history.

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

Despite a chorus of boos and a barrage of trash thrown at him by a pro-Deveison Figueiredo crowd, Moreno managed to bring some closure to their historic four-fight rivalry and it wasn’t even that close. Moreno twice escaped legitimate submission attempts from Figueiredo, but dominated him in almost every other way. Not only did Moreno improve to 2-1-1 against Figueiredo, thus making him the victor of the rivalry, his two wins were largely one-sided stoppages. Even with a belated change of camp after trainer Jason Krause was banned from the UFC amid a match scandal, Moreno kept his poise and was steady with his striking. A left hook in the third round opened a second cut around Figueiredo’s right eye, which swelled shut and caused the cage doctor to inspect it after the round and advise referee Herb Dean to call an end to the fight. Figueiredo announced that he is officially moving up to bantamweight in the post-fight interview, allowing Moreno a second chance to build a sustained title reign.

4. Gilbert Burns is still a problem at welterweight

Unable to lure Colby Covington or Jorge Masvidal into a big money fight, Burns opted to keep busy against the ever-game Neil Magny. And at age 36, sporting a youthful set of curls on top of his head, Burns looked like a potential second run in a 170-pound title shot was still within reach after dominating Magny en route to a first-round submission. After battling for three rounds against Khamzat Chimaev in his last fight in a close decision loss, Burns turned his focus to his grappling strength and boldly announced after the win that there isn’t another welterweight alive he couldn’t do the same. against . Oh yeah, and “Durinho” also added a mic drop moment to cap it off, calling out Covington once again.

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