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Jamahal Hill was crowned light heavyweight champion at UFC 283 after beating Glover Teixeira and forcing the rival to resign

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JAMAHAL HILL is the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion after defeating Glover Teixeira.

The title was vacated by Jiri Prochazka through injury, leading to a clash between Hill and Teixeira at UFC 283 in Rio De Janeiro.

Hill, 31, dominated his Brazilian opponent and left the home crowd disappointed after securing a win via unanimous decision.

Former champion Teixeira, who lost the title to Prochazka in his previous fight, ended his fighting career after the fight.

Just like Mauricio Shogun Rua earlier in the night, the 43-year-old left his gloves in the octagon and announced his retirement.

He said: “I’m too hard for my own good, my own health. It’s an honor to take off the gauntlets on the same night as Shogun.”

Teixeira even escorted his opponent out of the venue after the fight to avoid fans throwing rockets at the American.

Hill rejoiced in the win after making history as the first athlete to become champion after receiving a UFC Contender Series contract from President Dana White.

He said: “With hard work and dedication anything is possible, too many people told me I couldn’t do it, that it wasn’t possible.

“I had to fight to be here, to live, to have a chance. You can do anything if you are willing to fight for it.”

Hill had to scrap during the fight and was left with a few cuts and bruises.

And while in his corner between rounds, a trainer poured water over his head, which turned red with blood.

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