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UFC 283 fight fallout: Jamahal Hill vs. Jiri Prochazka, what’s next for Brandon Moreno and Gilbert Burns

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Jamahal Hill is the undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion, but Jiri Prochazka’s shadow hangs over him. There are plenty of decent fights after UFC 283, including Hill vs. Prochaska.

Hill was something of an unproven commodity when he was suddenly inserted into the 205-pound title photo. Hill’s dignity cannot be denied after beating Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday night. If Prochazka recovers from injury, they could clash this summer.

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The completion of the one-of-a-kind quadrilogy between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo breathes new life into the two divisions. Moreno defeated Figueiredo to win the series, clearing the way for new challengers. Figueiredo announced plans to move up to bantamweight and, as a result, filled the multiverse with many new matches.

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Let’s take a look at the best fights since UFC 283.

Light heavyweight division

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship – Jamahal Hill (c) vs. Jiri Prochazka: Hill showed significant growth in an absolutely dominant game against Teixeira. Hill saved over a dozen Teixeira takedowns, managed his stamina for five rounds, and beat the former champion to a pulp. Hill is now the undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion, but many will see his time on the throne as a warm bench for a real division king. Prochaska relinquished the title in December with an injury and hopes to return around June. The UFC may decide to invite Hill to a title fight before Prochaska recovers, but there are not enough contenders in the division. Magomed Ankalaev and Jan Blachowicz seem to have fallen out of favor with UFC President Dana White after they took a nap last month. Meanwhile, Alexander Rakic ​​and Anthony Smith need more big wins. Better wait for Hill vs Prochaska.

Flyweight division

UFC Flyweight Championship – Brandon Moreno (c) vs. Alexander Pantoya 2: It has taken four fights, but Moreno can finally leave Figueireda in the rearview mirror and look ahead to new challenges. Ironically, Moreno’s future is a ghost from his past. Pantoja is currently 2nd in the division with consecutive wins over Alex Perez, Brandon Royal and Manel Cape. The two had previously fought in 2018 when Pantoja won via unanimous decision. Moreno was released by the UFC after this fight and returned to start the run that took him to his first world title. Pantoja also defeated Moreno via submission in an exhibition fight at The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions. Both fighters have evolved a lot. This is a relatively fresh matchup for a division that has a built-in vengeance story for the reigning champion.

Bantamweight

Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Cory Sandhagen vs. Marlon Vera: Figueiredo has been such a dominant force at flyweight that when he arrives at bantamweight, he will have to face a top 15 opponent. The top half of the division is healthy enough that Figueiredo doesn’t need the title mix right away. Headlining February’s Fight Night fight between Sandhagen and Vera could be the perfect first test for Figueiredo at 135 pounds. Whoever loses the fight can either bounce back by defeating Figueireda or become a launching pad for the former flyweight champion. It also strikes the right balance between name value and competition. In addition, both must produce fireworks.

Welterweight division

Gilbert Burns vs. Belal Muhammad: Burns called Colby Covington passionately after defeating Neil Magny, but I don’t think the UFC will give it to him. The promotion should push the fight between Covington and Khamzat Chimaev as soon as possible. Chimaev is ready for the UFC welterweight title, but must show he can make the title after losing a lot of weight in a derailed fight with Nate Diaz. Muhammad and Burns are ranked 4th and 5th in the welterweight division, respectively. Mohammed is shooting at full speed after stopping Sean Brady and deserves a top 5 opponent. Mohammed is a fitting difficulty boost for Burns after going through Magni after losses to Kamaru Usman and Chimaev. Burns and Mohammed are fantastic wrestlers who aren’t afraid to trade punches and that can turn the fight into a fun fight.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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