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Jamahal Hill and the Real Winners and Losers from UFC 283

Jamahal Hill and the Real Winners and Losers from UFC 283

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 21: (R-L) Jamahal Hill punches Glover Teixeira of Brazil within the UFC gentle heavyweight championship fight at some level of the UFC 283 match at Jeunesse Arena on January 21, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Characterize by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos)

    Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos

    It used to be a appropriate night to survey pro sports.

    From the NFL’s divisional-round playoffs to corpulent slates of video games in each the NHL and NBA, distant-holders had a plethora of viewing alternate choices from which to settle.

    Amongst these picks, too, used to be a tasty menu of combined martial arts—South American vogue.

    The UFC took its exhibit to Brazil for the main time for the reason that crowd-less days of the pandemic in 2020 and supplied in front of fans there for the main time since 2019, assembling a card with two championship fights at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

    UFC 283 used to be topped by a bout for the vacant gentle heavyweight title that matched No. 2 contender Glover Teixeira and No. 7 Jamahal Hill and included a co-main for the flyweight championship that brought three-time rivals Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno collectively for the main quadrilogy in octagonal history.

    Every of the night’s 15 bouts included now not now not up to 1 Brazilian fighter.

    The B/R fight crew used to be on hand from start to invent to soak up the action and produce collectively a definitive checklist of the cardboard’s winners and losers.

    Scroll via to explore what we came up with, and drop a observation with a defend of your individual.

Winner: An Fable Evening

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    US Jamahal Hill celebrates victory over Brazilian Glover Teixera after their fight for the sunshine heavyweight title at the Final Stopping Championship (UFC) match at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 21, 2023. (Characterize by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP) (Characterize by MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP by job of Getty Photos)

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    The fight used to be narrative. And brutal. And terrible.

    However even after 25 violent minutes between Hill and Teixeira, issues persisted to occur.

    First, Hill’s icy, assured exterior within the terminate cracked because the recent champion—by advantage of a extensive unanimous resolution—sobbed uncontrollably when he realized a existence-long dream had been realized.

    “From where I came from to acquire to this, it is unreal,” he acknowledged. “The rest’s that that you just would be in a position to well presumably presumably take into consideration. Tense work. Dedication. Accountability. Construct now not let no person train you nothing. Too many of us acknowledged I needed to soak up one round. I could well well presumably not trot 5. What the f–ample you gotta assert now?”

    Within the intervening time, Teixeira, who used to be cleave on the left eyelid and gashed above the lawful eyebrow to the level where his blood used to be splattered across the cage and on the published table, made his own news.

    He peeled his gloves off, addressed the crew in his native Portuguese, and then dropped the gloves within the heart of the cage to signify his retirement after 21 years as a pro.

    “I felt gargantuan. I did all the issues lawful,” he acknowledged. “I assert I’m too tricky for my own appropriate, too tricky for my own well being. I will have the ability to now not retain anymore. It be an honor to set the gloves down the same night as Shogun.”

    Teixeira used to be champion for an eight-month stretch from 2021 into 2022 and used to be company to bag the vacant belt against a foe who’d by no advance performed on a title stage. He used to be as a substitute continuously outclassed with punches and kicks from the exterior and a near-flawless takedown protection.

    The Brazilian frail used to be most incessantly rattled with exhausting kicks to the head and intermittently with punches and needed to tackle the aforementioned torrent of blood. Teixeira did obtain the fight to the bottom within the 2d round and but again within the fifth but used to be by no advance indubitably on the verge of a near-from-within the abet of invent.

    Hill obtained all 5 rounds on all three scorecards, at the side of one by a two-level margin.

    “[The leg kicks] were something that I stumbled on on the wing. I wanted to throw loads of looks to be and some loads of issues at him,” he acknowledged. “Dude’s as tricky as bricks. I do not know anybody who could well well presumably defend what I was throwing. It be an honor to fragment this cage with him.”

Winner: Taking pictures a Contention

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    ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 22: (R-L) Brandon Moreno of Mexico punches Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil of their UFC flyweight championship fight at some level of the UFC 270 match at Honda Center on January 22, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Characterize by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

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    After better than 77 minutes within the Octagon, the flyweight competitors is over.

    Already three-time foes, Moreno and Figueiredo met for 3 extra one-sided rounds of their fourth trot-round within the co-main—with nearly every 2d dominated by Moreno—earlier than Figueiredo used to be deemed unable to continue by a cage-aspect doctor attributable to a foul injury to his lawful admire.

    Moreno, who’d obtained the 2d fight after a blueprint within the opener and earlier than a loss within the third, used to be faster and sharper in Saturday’s early going, scoring takedowns and controlling the action in Rounds 1 and 2. It used to be extra of the same within the third when the thumb-aspect of a closed left fist caught Figueiredo squarely on the admire, prompting him to speak while recoiling in distress.

    Referee Herb Dean did now not intervene, and replays showed the blow and a note-up lawful hand to bear been lawful, though Figueiredo’s admire in an instant started swelling.

    Blood leaked from a cleave below the admire as he sat on his stool between rounds, and the admire used to be closed to the level where he could well well presumably not pass a subsequent vision test because the doctor intervened.

    The take made Moreno a two-time champion at flyweight and used to be the main time of their four fights that a pre-fight making a wager popular obtained. The 9 fights he’s obtained at 125 pounds are tied for fourth in UFC history, one within the abet of Figueiredo, who announced in a while that he’d trot up to bantamweight.

    The crowd booed loudly at some level of Moreno’s post-fight interview, and he used to be whisked off the sector ground by his corner crew as beer cans and loads of liquids rained down.

    “This, for me, is terribly exhausting, to hear the fans,” he acknowledged. “The of us want to achieve I’m good a man who’s making an strive to acquire food for his family.”

    Figueiredo, who fell to 10-3-1 within the UFC, used to be completed for the 2d time in his profession. Both instances came by job of Moreno, who’d choked him exact into a tapout at UFC 263 in June 2021.

    “It used to be Brandon’s night. I believed it used to be an admire spin, but there is now not worthy I will have the ability to assert,” he acknowledged. “I’m drained of constructing this weight. That’s the reason I’m shifting up.”

Winner: Regaining Welterweight Mojo

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 21: (R-L) Gilbert Burns of Brazil battles Neil Magny in a welterweight fight at some level of the UFC 283 match at Jeunesse Arena on January 21, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Characterize by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos)

    Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos

    Gilbert Burns wasn’t trending well.

    He’d been blasted out now not up to midway via a title shot against Kamaru Usman in 2021 and used to be overwhelmed down across three corpulent rounds by Khamzat Chimaev two fights later last April.

    Nonetheless, there is a difference between losing to these foes and being over the hill.

    The 36-365 days-outmoded Brazilian, level-headed ranked fifth at welterweight, showed he also can but again be ready for the tip-enders at 170 pounds with a dominant first-round submission of No. 12 contender Neil Magny.

    “That is Brazil,” he acknowledged. “There is no loads of draw.

    “For each person running from me, I’m coming. I will be the champ.”

    Though on the short terminate against Magny in each high and attain, Burns made an announcement early on when he tagged his foe with a protracted lawful hand and in an instant dove in for a physique-lock takedown around Magny’s waist that obtained the fight to the bottom at 1:forty five.

    He used to be in aspect aid watch over a minute later and obtained exact into a decisive high mount quickly after, environment aside Magny’s lawful arm and locking within the triangle choke that in the end drew a tapout at 4:15 of the main.

    It used to be the 14th take and fifth submission in 19 UFC fights for a reenergized Burns, who in an instant known as for a sizable title within the aftermath.

    “These guys aren’t at my stage. I’m gonna put up each person. I’m gonna obtain each person,” he acknowledged. “Colby Covington (ranked three slots above him at No. 2), I’m coming for you.”

Winner: Slaying a Massive

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 21: (R-L) Jessica Andrade of Brazil punches Lauren Murphy in a flyweight fight at some level of the UFC 283 match at Jeunesse Arena on January 21, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Characterize by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos)

    Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos

    Size issues plenty. However trudge issues extra.

    Ex-champion Jessica Andrade used to be four inches shorter than flyweight opponent Lauren Murphy within the 2d fight of Saturday’s pay-per-see portion, however the 5’1″ Brazilian used to be stages beyond her foe when it came to the frequency and severity of her strikes on solutions on how to her 15th UFC victory.

    A title-holder at strawweight for 3 months in 2019, Andrade obtained for the fourth time in six subsequent fights for the reason that start of 2020 and presumably positioned herself for one other championship trudge after she’d arrived to the cage ranked fourth at 115 pounds and sixth at 125.

    The terminate end result used to be by no advance doubtful against Murphy, herself a failed title challenger at flyweight, whose legs were battered early and whose face used to be brutally reduced to a bloody, lumpy mess across 15 minutes while the ESPN broadcast crew known as loudly for referee Osiris Maia to stay the fight.

    He by no advance did, though, and Andrade as a substitute obtained sizable 5-level scorecard margins from two judges and a four-level advantage from the third after landing 231 predominant strikes, at the side of 161 to the head and 47 by job of leg kicks.

    “You good want to surprise what [the Murphy corner’s] methodology used to be within the slack rounds,” blow-by-blow man Jon Anik acknowledged. “It be exhausting to survey that stage of punishment across 15 minutes.

    “It be now not appropriate when all that you just would be in a position to well presumably presumably also very well be doing is lauding someone’s toughness.”

Winner: Perfecting (ish) the Celly

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 21: Johnny Walker of Brazil reacts after his knockout victory over Paul Craig of Scotland in a gentle-weight heavyweight fight at some level of the UFC 283 match at Jeunesse Arena on January 21, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Characterize by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos)

    Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos

    Sigh what that you just would be in a position to well about Johnny Walker’s celebration chops.

    Gazing a 6’6″, 205-pound man writhing across the canvas doing the worm could well well perchance now not be for all people.

    However in phrases of combating, the man’s undeniably appropriate. And undeniably on a roll.

    The 30-365 days-outmoded has replied to an inglorious 1-4 stretch with a pair of spectacular victories, this time stopping rugged Scotsman Paul Craig in now not up to half a round with a series of unorthodox strikes.

    “[The Brazilian crowd] gave me all this energy, I set it my hands, and that used to be it,” Walker acknowledged. “I’m a man that can generate energy from any keep. I aren’t making an strive to procure any disclose.”

    Indeed, the decisive sequence came quickly after Craig caught Walker’s leg following an early kick strive. However in keep of falling to the bottom or otherwise making an strive to wriggle free, Walker landed a first lawful hand that wobbled Craig and a 2d that within the terminate dislodged his grip and sent him to the bottom.

    From there, six straight backhand fists to the head precipitated a stay from Marc Goddard at 2:16.

    The take will indubitably instructed a upward push to the Top 10 at 205 for Walker, who arrived because the 12th-ranked contender within the weight class to Craig’s ninth-keep standing.

    “I don’t give a f–ample [who comes next]. That is my division now,” Walker told analyst Daniel Cormier, a extinct claimant at each gentle heavyweight and heavyweight. “I are looking for to be esteem Cormier. I are looking for to be champ-champ. I are looking for to bear two belts.”

Winner: Carrying the Dwelling Flag

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    The Bonfim brothers are as close as they near.

    They dwell collectively. They train collectively. And the UFC’s return to their native Brazil offered a selected likelihood for them to fabricate their loyal octagonal debuts on the same card.

    To pronounce they delivered would be a bonus-powerful understatement.

    Older sibling Ismael (27) and his younger running mate Gabriel (25) were the undisputed stars of the exhibit’s decrease-profile portion, registering the night’s most-viral highlight and its quickest invent with memorable victories at lightweight and welterweight, respectively.

    “The Bonfim brothers are right here to turned into champs, one at lightweight, one at welterweight,” Gabriel acknowledged. “We’re right here to fabricate history.”

    Mission carried out.

    Ismael delivered an early KO of the 365 days frontrunner within the night’s fourth fight, leaping in with a left knee that landed on the lawful aspect of Terrance McKinney’s jaw and sent him toppling face-first to the bottom at 2:17 of the 2d round.

    “That is one of many perfect KOs that you just would be in a position to well explore,” analyst Paul Felder acknowledged because the digicam cleave to Gabriel’s gleeful locker room reaction. “And it is one of many perfect UFC debuts I indubitably bear ever considered.”

    The younger Bonfim had his own highlight flip three fights later, eluding a wild lawful hand from frail foe Mounir Lazzez earlier than stepping in to defend his neck and shedding to the bottom to lock within the mounted guillotine that yielded a stoppage after good 49 seconds.

    Asked whether or now not the house crowd fueled him, he answered predictably.

    “After I was walking out, and I heard my song, and I seen all these of us that were right here,” he acknowledged, “I good felt honored.”

    Fellow Brazilian newcomer Brunno Ferreira debuted alongside with his own highlight invent, dumping countryman Gregory Rodrigues with a single left hook for one other KO at 4:13 of the main.

    All 15 bouts included now not now not up to 1 Brazilian fighter, and these Brazilians obtained seven of 13 fights all via which they were matched against a non-home opponent. Within the intervening time, Ferreira and Thiago Moises (against Melquizael Costa) were winners in fights between local foes.

    “It be fabulous being right here,” Ferreira acknowledged. “It be superior.”

Winner: Backing the Prelim Favorites

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 21: (L-R) Jailton Almeida of Brazil takes down Shamil Abdurakhimov of Russia in a heavyweight fight at some level of the UFC 283 match at Jeunesse Arena on January 21, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Characterize by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos)

    Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos

    Some warring parties flinch at the stress of being a predominant popular.

    Jailton Almeida is clearly now not one of them.

    The imposing Brazilian arrived because the widest series of pre-fight oddsmakers at DraftKings—thanks to a -975 making a wager label alongside his title—but showed zero hesitation in legitimizing forecasts with a comprehensively one-sided wipeout of Shamil Abdurakhimov.

    Already a winner of 12 straight fights, at the side of three within the UFC, Almeida extended each streaks while staking his negate to what’ll absolutely be a situation within the Top 15.

    Abdurakhimov used to be ranked 15th at heavyweight at the outlet glove tap but quickly stumbled on himself on the mat as his lighter, younger foe in an instant sought takedowns. The action stayed horizontal for a ways of the main round and obtained there but again to start the 2d as Almeida persisted to pound his slower, tedious opponent with punishing ground strikes.

    A series of unfettered photos to a prone Abdurakhimov precipitated the loyal TKO invent at 2:56 of the 2d, boosting Almeida to 18-2 as a pro with 18 finishes and intensifying the buzz that followed the 31-365 days-outmoded since his educated debut in 2012.

    “A quantity of of us take into consideration if there is any fighter on this roster than could well well presumably be a part of [Daniel Cormier] and Randy Couture as gentle heavyweight and heavyweight champions,” Anik acknowledged, “it is Jailton Almeida.”

    No loads of fighter on the non-PPV exhibit used to be chalkier than Almeida but loads of level-headed produced of their roles as favorites, at the side of featherweight Josiane Nunes (-540), bantamweight Cody Stamann (-380), lightweight Thiago Moises (-380), gentle heavyweight Ihor Potieria (-205) and welterweights Gabriel Bonfim (-170) and Nicolas Dalby (-105).

    Bettors throwing $100 on favorites in every of the main 10 fights would bear generated a $120 profit, while these backing all 10 underdogs would bear cashed on upsets by middleweight Brunno Ferreira (+250), bantamweight Daniel Marcos (+130) and gentle-weight Ismael Bonfim (+110) but sustained an overall $210 loss.

Loser: Shogun Says Goodbye

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 21: Mauricio Rua of Brazil reacts after his loss to Ihor Potieria of Ukraine in a gentle-weight heavyweight fight at some level of the UFC 283 match at Jeunesse Arena on January 21, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Characterize by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos)

    Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos

    It wasn’t the invent that anybody wanted.

    Really, even Ihor Potieria intermittently seemed reluctant.

    However the Ukrainian came to terminate Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s MMA swansong with a loss, and he did so, wobbling the 41-365 days-outmoded frail with a lawful hook to start a decisive sequence that within the terminate ended issues at 4:05 of the main round.

    Potieria in an instant well-known his take with an impromptu dance routine that ended with a level within the prone Rua’s route, but he in the end settled down sufficient to ogle the gravity of the 2d and in the end knelt earlier than his opponent while shaking his hand.

    It used to be the forty second and final fight of Rua’s pro profession that started in 2002—when Potieria used to be six years outmoded—and the twenty fourth in a a success UFC trudge that started in 2007, when Potieria used to be 11.

    The Brazilian used to be the corporate’s gentle heavyweight champion across 2010 and 2011 after a exquisite stretch within the PRIDE promotion that preceded the UFC’s upward push.

    He soldiered on for 18 extra fights after losing his title to Jon Jones at UFC 128, and Saturday’s end result indubitably plunged him below .500 to 11-12-1 within the Octagon.

    However it did not matter to a house crowd that level-headed gave a standing post-fight ovation.

    “There will possible be athletes on this UFC roster who’re as revered,” Anik acknowledged, “but I’m now not sure there is anybody extra revered than Shogun Rua.”

    Rua exited with losses in his last three fights and hadn’t tasted a victory since defeating Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by split resolution on a Fight Evening exhibit in July 2020.

    He’s one of six warring parties on the roster whose pro debut came in 2002 or earlier.

    “I wanted to terminate my profession with a take, but I’m gonna stay it lawful right here,” Rua acknowledged. “I indubitably prefer to thank my friends and all people right here at the UFC.”

Burly Card Results

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 21: (R-L) Saimon Oliveira of Brazil shoots for a takedown against Daniel Marcos of Peru in a bantamweight fight at some level of the UFC 283 match at Jeunesse Arena on January 21, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Characterize by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by job of Getty Photos)

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    Main Card

    Jamahal Hill def. Glover Teixeira by unanimous resolution (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)

    Brandon Moreno def. Deiveson Figueiredo by TKO (doctor’s stoppage), 5:00, Spherical 3

    Gilbert Burns def. Neil Magny by submission (arm triangle), 4:15, Spherical 1

    Jessica Andrade def. Lauren Murphy by unanimous resolution (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)

    Johnny Walker def. Paul Craig by TKO (punches), 2:16, Spherical 1


    Preliminary Card

    Ihor Potieria def. Mauricio Rua by TKO (punches), 4:05, Spherical 1

    Brunno Ferreira def. Gregory Rodrigues by KO (punch), 4:13, Spherical 1

    Thiago Moises def. Melquizael Costa by submission (rear-bare choke), 4:05, Spherical 2

    Gabriel Bonfim def. Mounir Lazzez by submission (guillotine choke), 0:49, Spherical 1


    Early Preliminary Card

    Jailton Almeida def. Shamil Abdurakhimov by TKO (punches), 2:56, Spherical 2

    Cody Stamann def. Luan Lacerda by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Ismael Bonfim def. Terrance McKinney by KO (knee), 2:17, Spherical 2

    Nicolas Dalby def. Warlley Alves by split resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

    Josiane Nunes def. Zarah Fairn by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Daniel Marcos def. Saimon Oliveira by KO (knees), 2:18, Spherical 2

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