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Jon Jones and others react to Jamahal Hill becoming 205-lb UFC champion

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A light heavyweight king was crowned at UFC 285 when former champion Glover Teixeira faced Jamahal Hill in Saturday night’s main event in Rio de Janeiro.

And unfortunately for Teixeira, who failed to become a two-time champion in his home country of Brazil as Hill put on a career performance and after that earned a unanimous decision victory (50-44, 50-44, 50-44) five hard-fought rounds.

Hill is the fourth man to win light heavyweight gold since Jon Jones left the belt in 2020. “Sweet Dreams” improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 12-1 with a no contest. The 31-year-old fighter extended his winning streak to four, adding Teixeira’s name to a mantle that includes the likes of Thiago Santos, Johnny Walker and Ovince St Preux.

For Teixeira, he announced his retirement while speaking to color commentator Daniel Cormier. At 43, Teixeira has battled the who’s who of 205 pounds in his 20+ year professional career. A 33-9 fighter, Teixeira battered several notable names during his UFC tenure, including Jan Blachowicz, Anthony Smith, Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson.

He won the light heavyweight championship in October 2021 at UFC 267 by defeating Blachowicz via rear naked choke in the second round.

Several people in the MMA community were following the main event of UFC 283 on Jan. 21. Former UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones tweeted during the fight: “Yo, we got a fight, ladies and gentlemen.”

“Congratulations Hill!” Jones continued.

Former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier tweeted: “Congratulations to both men in the main event. What a sport it is!”

Reigning UFC 155-pound champion Islam Makhachev tweeted“Teixeira, I’m your fan.”

Former UFC bantamweight and flyweight king Henry Cejudo tweeted, “@gloverteixeira is a freaking inspiration. Congratulations @JamahalH.”

“Congratulations to @JamahalH on an amazing performance over the legendary @gloverteixeira,” former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping wrote. “Inspired by both men. Incredible fight.”

“Thank you @gloverteixeira Legend personified”, Bisping continued.

Oscar Willis from The Mac Life tweeted“Glover Teixeira is freaking cool.”

Morning Kombat host Luke Thomas tweeted: “I’ll admit it: I completely slept on Hill’s ability to defend the takedown. Be it the body lock or the double against the fence, he nailed it. He never got stuck under it, turning takedowns against him into his own offensive wrestling. He leveled up massively.”

Thomas’ co-host, CBS Sports’ Brian Campbell, tweeted, “Jamahal Hill broke down emotionally in the cage. That was an incredibly mature performance.”

“Jamahal Hill is having a moment right now and he deserves every second of it,” Campbell said continued. “What an incredible performance against possibly the most determined and stubborn person alive in Glover Teixeira.”

Sharing a quote from Sweet Dream’s post-fight interview with Cormier, Campbell tweeted: “‘Anything is possible. Hard work, dedication, accountability. Don’t let anyone tell you anything… WHAT THE F*** DO YOU HAVE TO SAY NOW?!?!?!… You can do anything if you’re ready for it to fight.” – Jamahal Hill.”

Former interim UFC 155-pound champion Justin Gaethje tweeted, “Hellish story @JamahalH and short term. Probably no better feeling in the world than what he and his family are feeling right now.”

“Jamahal Hill is having a moment right now and he deserves every second of it,” Campbell said continued. “What an incredible performance against possibly the most determined and stubborn person alive in Glover Teixeira.”



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