At UFC 283, which marked the UFC's return to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the first time since May 2019, Jamahal Hill defeated Glover Teixeira in an electrifying main event. This was a historic moment as Hill became the first graduate from Dana White’s Contender Series to claim a title within the UFC, securing the light heavyweight championship.
In what was described as a breakthrough performance, Hill dominated the fight with a strategic and powerful display. He used a combination of sharp jabs and power punches to open up significant kicks to Teixeira's body and head. His takedown defence, which was questioned following his previous fight, was also noteworthy. Hill successfully fended off all of Teixeira's first-round takedown attempts, displaying his improved skills in this area.
Throughout the five rounds, Hill's aggressive approach had Teixeira on the backfoot. He landed a head kick in the second round that had Teixeira on shaky legs, and another in the third round that seemed to further unbalance the former champion. The fourth round saw Hill's most fervent attack, with a flurry of punches sending Teixeira to the canvas. Despite Teixeira's resilience, he could not turn the tide, and Hill dominated the fifth round as well, managing to reverse a takedown from Teixeira and maintain the upper hand until the end
By the end of the fight, Teixeira had sustained severe injuries, with cuts above both eyes. Even though Teixeira showed remarkable toughness in enduring the full five rounds, it was clear that Hill had dominated all five rounds. The unanimous decision in favour of Hill, with each scorecard reading 50-44, echoed this dominance.
Emotionally, Hill shared after the fight, "From where I came from, to get to this, it's unreal. Anything is possible. Hard work, dedication, accountability. Don't let nobody tell you nothing." His victory, undoubtedly, is a testament to his journey and dedication to the sport.
Following the fight, Teixeira displayed immense sportsmanship by complimenting Hill's toughness. He then announced his retirement from the sport by laying down his gloves in the ring, just hours after fellow MMA legend Mauricio "Shogun" Rua fought the final fight of his own career. This added a poignant note to an eventful night at UFC 283.
This match was a stark contrast to the previous title contenders at UFC 282, which ended in a draw. The fight between Hill and Teixeira required all five rounds, with Hill emerging as the new champion, marking a new chapter in the UFC light heavyweight division.