Two new champions were crowned at UFC 283 in front of a hostile Brazilian crowd. Jamahal “Sweet Dreams” Hill accomplished his lifelong dream of becoming a UFC champion with a decisive victory over Glover Teixeira in the Main Event. In the Co-Main event, Brandon Moreno defeated rival Deiveson Figueiredo by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). The featured fight was a battle of ranked welterweights as jiu-jitsu ace (#5) Gilbert Burns submitted (#12) Neil Magny in the first round. To start the Main card (#12) Johnny Walker viscously knocked out (#9) Paul Craig in a Light Heavyweight matchup. This was a very unique and potentially unsettling environment for non-Brazilian fighters as chants of ” Uh vai morrer” which translated to “You will die” echoed through the arena at foreign fighters all night. Brazilian competitors were matched up against foreign opponents in 13 of 15 fights Saturday.
Jamahal Hill (12-1) Def. Glover Teixeira (33-9) for Vacant Championship:
Jamahal Hill silenced any doubters he may have had leading into the Main event of UFC 283. Hill put on the best career performance and brutalized the former champion Glover Teixeira over five rounds. Coming into this fight Hill had not faced an opponent inside the division’s top five rankings. Teixeira is a grizzled and well-rounded veteran who has fought the best the sport has to offer (Jon Jones, Rashad Evans, and Alexander Gustafsson). None of that mattered Saturday however, as the speed and talent of Hill overcame the experience and toughness of Teixeira.
In round, one Teixeira immediately pressured Hill trying to find a takedown. Within the first minute of the fight Hill had defended two takedown attempts from Teixeira and made him pay with hard punches in the clinch. Hill defended takedowns all night and showed a vast improvement in his grappling defense. Once Hill worked his way back to the center of the cage he picked Teixeira apart. Hill’s jab was especially effective, damaging Glover from a distance and establishing the range. Round one was easily scored for Hill who started to open up on Teixeira with damaging hooks and leg kicks at distance.
In round two Hill landed a damaging left head kick that wobbled Teixeira. Teixeira did not see the kick coming and was severely hurt. Hill pressured Teixeira with a sense of urgency trying to finish him off. Teixeira ate shot after shot but remained undeterred doing whatever he could to survive until the end of the round. In round three Teixeira was able to secure a takedown that he desperately needed but was reversed by Hill midway through the round. Hill returned to his feet and began to land damaging punches while moving backward against Teixeira.
Final Rounds and What’s Next?
In rounds four and five the toughness of Glover Teixeira was on full display. Teixeira took otherworldly amounts of punishment in this fight with the UFC commentary team begging for the fight to be stopped on air. Hill landed another powerful head kick in round four that had Teixeira badly hurt. In between rounds, the doctor came to look at Teixeira who had received significant cuts over both eyes. Teixeira had blood pouring down his face but was able to convince the doctor he was able to see and continue. Thirty seconds into the final round Teixeira was actually able to land a takedown and advance to full mount. Hill was crafty enough to slip away from Teixeira and return to his feet seconds later. Hill coasted until the round ended knowing that he was ahead on the scorecards.
After five hard-fought rounds, the judges unanimously scored the fight for Hill (50-44, 50-44, 50-44). A few exciting matchups are on the horizon for Hill who just captured UFC gold with this victory. The former champion Jiri Prochazka vacated the title after he sustained a shoulder injury in training. When Jiri returns to compete a matchup vs Jamahal Hill needs to take place. If Hill is to make a defense before Prochazka can return, he may face Magomed Ankalaev or Jan Blachowicz. Teixeira laid his gloves down inside the octagon calling an end to his illustrious championship career. Glover Teixeira debuted in 2002 and was a 23-fight veteran of the UFC, challenging for the Light Heavyweight title three times and winning once.
Brandon Moreno (21-6) Def. Deiveson Figueiredo (21-3)
In the Co-Main event of UFC 283, Brandon Moreno faced Deiveson Figueiredo for the Flyweight Championship. This was the fourth matchup between these competitors and the first rivalry to have four fights in UFC history. Each fighter held a victory over the other with a third fight ending by draw. In the most recent matchup, Figueiredo won a decisive victory, but an injury sidelined the champion for several months. Moreno knocked out Kai Kara France in an interim title fight last July but changed camps due to an ongoing FBI investigation involving his former coach, James Krause. Moreno was trained at Fortis MMA in Dallas by coach Sayif Saud for this fight.
Round one started at an extremely high pace with both fighters not wanting to take a step backward. Figueiredo was putting everything he had into his punches really loading up to land something significant on Moreno. Moreno showed tremendous defensive boxing in this fight avoiding the powerful blows of Figueiredo. Around the two-minute mark, Moreno picked Figueiredo up and slammed him on the ground near the cage. From here Moreno controlled Figueiredo on the ground and pulled ahead after one round. In round two Moreno landed beautiful combinations to the body and head of Figueiredo as he charged forward. Moreno secured another takedown in this round as well. I had this fight 2-0 for Moreno going into round three.
Finish and Flyweight Title Picture
Two minutes into round three Moreno landed a left hook to the eye of Figueiredo. This was not an eye poke and was a legal shot, Figueiredo thought he was fouled and tried calling for timeout mid-fight after the punch landed. Veteran referee Herb Dean made a good call in not granting Figueiredo time and letting the fight continue. Figueiredo was taken down after pleading to the official and survived until the round ended. Between rounds three and four, the ringside doctor called a stop to the contest due to Figueiredo being unable to see out of his right eye.
Brandon Moreno is now the undisputed Flyweight Champion after UFC 283 and has finished his last two opponents. It looks like #2 Alexandre Pantoja will be next in line for Moreno’s title. Other potential matchups include contenders such as (#5) Matheus Nicolau and former Rizin Champion (#9) Manuel Knape.
#5 Gilbert Burns (21-5) Def. #12 Neil Magny (27-11)
The most anticipated fight of UFC 283 was possibly between ranked Welterweight contenders and UFC veterans Gilbert Burns and Neil Magny. Magny holds the record for the most wins in UFC Welterweight history (20) and is a very well-rounded fighter. Gilbert Burns is a top-five ranked fighter who recently went the distance with undefeated Chechnyan Phenom Khamzat Chimaev. Burns holds impressive victories over Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley, and Stephen Thompson and is a former Jiu-Jitsu world champion.
Magny (6’3) is a very rangy and long fighter for the 170-pound weight class but Burns quickly found a way inside his length in round one. Burns came out in the southpaw stance and backed Magny up against the fence. Burns threw a straight left hand that allowed him to get close enough to body lock Magny and take him down. On the ground, Burns expertly transitioned around Magny and secured an Arm Triangle Submission at 4:15 of the first round.
This was a workman-like and professional performance from Burns who will quickly earn himself another top-five-ranked opponent. Although Burns is not outspoken his actions speak volumes, with UFC fans around the world eagerly awaiting his next performance. Burns may be ranked as high as third come Tuesday morning and could potentially have campaigned himself into a fight with #2 Colby Covington. Another matchup I would like to see for Burns is #4, Belal Muhammed.
#12 Johnny Walker (20-7) Def. #9 Paul Craig (16-6)
The UFC 283 Main card opener featured a ranked Light Heavyweight fight between Jiu-Jitsu specialist Paul Craig and dangerous knockout artist Johnny Walker. Craig has pulled off impressive submission victories against current champion Jamahal Hill and former title challenger Magomed Ankalaev. Walker is working his way back up the rankings since his knockout loss to Hill and submitted Ion Cutelaba in his last matchup.
This fight was over almost as soon as it started, Craig stayed on the feet with Walker for the first minute and was getting peppered with straight punches he had no answer for. Craig attempted a takedown and got control of one of Walker’s legs. While Walker was maintaining his balance on one foot, he landed a devastating right hand on the chin of Craig who had no defense as both his hands were wrapped around Walker’s left leg. Next Walker landed 10 unanswered punches that forced the referee to stop the fight. Walker will now find himself inside the Light Heavyweight top ten and should have a competitive matchup in his next fight.
The UFC is off next week and will return Saturday, February 4th with a Heavyweight Main Event between (#12) Serghei Spivac and (#7) Derrick Lewis. Although Lewis is a fan favorite, he has dropped two in a row to Tai Tuivasa and Ciryl Gane. Spivac has shown a dominant ground game recently but will face a major step up in competition in the form of Lewis.
TL//DR: UFC 283 Review: Hill vs Teixeira
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