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Glover Teixeira retires as planned : UFC 283

Despite being the undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion, Jiri Prochazka’s presence casts a shadow over Jamahal Hill. After UFC 283, there are a lot of excellent fights to think about, including Hill vs. Prochazka.

Hill, who weighed 205 pounds, was a bit of an unknown quantity when he was suddenly added to the title picture. After destroying Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 283 on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Hill’s worthiness can no longer be contested. The two might run across one other this summer if Prochazka continues to make progress in recovering from his injuries.

Two divisions are given new life by the culmination of a unique quadrilogy by Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo. To win the series, Moreno defeated Figueiredo, opening the door for fresh opponents. As a result of Figueiredo’s announcement that he will switch to the bantamweight division, many more contests have been added to the universe.

Here are the top matches to be scheduled following UFC 283:

1. Jamahal Hill vs Jiri Prochazka for the UFC light heavyweight title: Hill performed incredibly dominant against Teixeira, demonstrating significant growth. Through five rounds of stamina management and deflecting more than a dozen takedown attempts from Teixeira, Hill was able to dominate the former champion.

Hill is now the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the UFC, but many will see his reign as merely a seat warmer for the genuine ruler of the weight class. Due to an injury, Prochazka had to give up the title in December. He plans to make a comeback in June. Although the division lacks strong challengers, the UFC may decide to book Hill in a title fight before Prochazka recovers. Following their snoozer last month, Magomed Ankalaev and Jan Blachowicz seem to have lost the favor of UFC president Dana White. Aleksandar Rakic and Anthony Smith, meanwhile, require more illustrious victories. You should hold out till Hill vs. Prochazka.

2. Alexandre Pantoja vs Brandon Moreno for the UFC flyweight title 2: After four fights, Moreno may now look back on Figueiredo and forward to the next difficulties. Ironically, Moreno’s spirit from the past haunts him in the future. The division’s No. 2 player, Pantoja, has won three straight matches over Alex Perez, Brandon Royal, and Manel Kape. When the two previously faced off, Pantoja won a landslide unanimous decision. After the match, the UFC let Moreno go and came back to begin a run that eventually resulted in him winning his first world title. In a demonstration match on “The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions,” Pantoja also submitted Moreno. Both fighters have advanced significantly. It’s a relatively new clash for the category, and the incumbent champion has a built-in motivation to get retribution.

3. The loser of Deiveson Figueiredo against Marlon vs Cory Sandhagen Vera: When Figueiredo transitioned to the bantamweight class, he should have faced a top-15 opponent because he was such a formidable force at flyweight. The top half of the category has enough depth that Figueiredo is not required to enter the title race right away. The main event of Fight Night in February between Sandhagen and Vera might provide Figueiredo with the ideal opening opponent at 135 pounds. Depending on how they perform, the loser can either move on with a victory over Figueiredo or act as a springboard for the former flyweight champion. Additionally, it achieves the ideal balance between name value and competition. Additionally, both should ignite fireworks.

4. Gilbert Burns vs. Belal Muhammad: Burns fervently demanded a rematch with Colby Covington following his victory over Neil Magny, but I don’t believe the UFC would grant him that. Covington and Khamzat Chimaev should fight as soon as feasible, according to the promotion. Chimaev is prepared for the UFC welterweight belt, but he must demonstrate that he can stay inside the weight limit after massively overeating in a fight that was later canceled against Nate Diaz. The welterweight division currently has Muhammad at No. 4 and Burns at No. 5. Following his victory over Sean Brady, Muhammad is in excellent form and merits a top-five opponent. After losing to Kamaru Usman and Chimaev and running through Magny, Muhammad is an appropriate step up in the challenge for Burns.

Let’s look closely at the most important lessons learned from the Octagon action UFC.

1. Jamahal Hill thoroughly merited the UFC light heavyweight championship.

After the vacant 205-pound title match between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev ended in a draw in December, President Dana White hurriedly ordered Glover Teixeira to face No. 7-ranked Hill for the title. This prompted plenty of criticism for UFC management.

But the extra distance Hill is made to travel inside the cage by the previous champion Teixeira and his unearthly level of tenacity helped a lot in making Hill feel like the rightful champion when everything is said and done.

To signal that Teixeira wouldn’t be able to manhandle him on the ground, Hill didn’t let up on his back for the duration of Round 1.

Hill showed five-round championship stamina after that and passed every test Teixeira put in front of him while chipping away on the feet with excellent boxing and tremendous poise the entire time.

For a fighter who was 31 years old and had an 11-1 record coming in, this was a mature, game-changing effort. Teixeira refused to submit despite severe swelling and bleeding around his eyes impairing his eyesight and keeping him seemingly one punch from rallying the entire battle like so many others would’ve done if they had been properly prepared for the occasion.

When it became evident that his hopes had come true after the final horn, Hill never gave in and emotionally broke down even though Teixeira rallied to defeat him in Round 5. This is even though many people had openly predicted Teixeira’s defeat.

2. The post-fight retirement of Glover Teixeira came at the perfect time.

Before announcing the unanimous decision defeat in his third attempt at winning the UFC championship would be his last, Teixeira admitted it himself after the fight, saying he’s probably too tough for his good.

The performance Teixeira saved for last against Hill was as remarkable and impressive as any of his 33 professional victories for a fighter who had already fundamentally reshaped his reputation by shocking his way to the belt at age 42 in 2021.

After Round 4, as the cage-side physician examined Teixeira’s severely fractured face, Teixeira’s corner might have been justified in giving up solely to keep Teixeira from jeopardizing his retirement.

Hill, a well-known knockout artist who entered Saturday with a three-fight winning run, landed head kicks, and right punches that would have killed 99.9% of the population, but Teixeira never wavered in a performance that was as wild as it was inspirational. Teixeira is renowned for his kind nature and manner, but not receive the same praise as other Brazilian MMA.

Legends like Rua, Aldo, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, or Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, but he should be seated at the same table as them due to his inner strength. An incredible second chapter in MMA history came to an end with UFC 283.

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