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Jamahal Hill claims light heavyweight title with punishing win, Glover Teixeira retires following UFC 283 main event

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Jamahal Hill silenced many critics after putting on a brilliant performance by defeating Glover Teixeira to claim the vacant light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 283.

It was a relentless and punitive attack from Hill, round after round, as he beat Teixeira and nearly finished several times, but somehow this seemingly ageless veteran kept finding a way to survive. When it was all over, there was no doubt as Hill took the win before dropping to his knees with tears in his eyes to celebrate becoming the new 205lb champion.

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All judges scored the fight 50-44 as Hill took a unanimous decision.

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“Where I came from to get to this, it’s unrealistic,” Hill said. “Everything is possible. Hard work, dedication, responsibility, don’t let anyone tell you anything.

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“Too many people have tried to tell me that I can’t do it. It was impossible. I needed to win in one round. i couldn’t go five [rounds] What the hell are you trying to say now?

It was an incredible performance from Hill, who actually agreed to the fight on relatively short notice after a previous attempt to crown a new light heavyweight champion ended in a majority draw between Magomed Ankalaev and Jan Blachowicz last December.

The fight went the same way for all five rounds, with Hill essentially blocking all of Teixeira’s attempts to outplay him and then highlighting the Brazilian with a plethora of punches. From vicious uppercuts to vicious head kicks, Hill was at his best from start to finish.

Throughout the fight, Hill consistently hit the target, and Teixeira showed off an unrealistic chin, absorbing damage on almost every exchange.

The first real change of momentum came after Hill landed a pair of furious head kicks and a second hit Teixeira and clearly unsettled the 43-year-old veteran. Hill tried to take advantage of the moment with a flurry of punches, but despite several well-placed shots, Teixeira refused to leave.

Teixeira finally turned the tide by landing some hard punches of his own as he opened a cut under Hill’s right eye before finally landing his first takedown of the fight. Although it looked for a moment that Teixeira might give up, Hill survived before springing to his feet.

As the third round began, Hill landed another one of those head kicks that Teixeira blocked as well as he could, but the blunt force still did a lot of damage. Teixeira swayed again, and it seemed that the end was near, Hill had just collapsed on him, and the blood flowed down the Brazilian face.

Somehow Teixeira persevered but endured many punishments.

With numerous cuts to his face, including one particularly gruesome gash above his right eye, Teixeira did indeed wear facial injuries and Hill seemed ready to go for the kill.

Hill attacked skillfully, throwing a jab to Teixeira’s face and continuing to look for the one hit to the head that consistently paid dividends. Another flurry of punches followed as Hill pinned Teixeira in the cage and just unloaded a few vicious combinations, including a string of uppercuts and straight punches that just bounced off his opponent’s head.

A late takedown helped Teixeira get through most of the fifth round, but even then Hill managed to turn things around and continued to punish until the fight was over. When it was over, Hill was understandably taken aback by Teixeira’s resilience.

“The dude is tough as a brick,” Hill said. “I don’t know anyone who could take what I was throwing. It’s just an honor for me to share this cage with him.”

As Hill spoke, Teixeira quietly removed his gloves before taking the microphone to announce that Saturday night would be the last fight of his storied career.

“Actually, I think I’m too cool for my own good,” Teixeira said. “Too hard for my health. I can’t keep up anymore. I will focus my energy on Alex Pereira. He’s going to keep his belt for a while and then move up to light heavyweight.

“I am honored to take off my gloves on the same night as Shogun. [Mauricio Rua]. I wish we were in the Royce Gracie era where you could just not go around in circles and keep doing this shit, but it’s not like that. I just can’t do it anymore.”

Honest to the very end, Teixeira then announced that he wanted to leave the cage with Hill, asking the Brazilian crowd to show him some respect as the new UFC light heavyweight champion.


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