The fighting world reacted quickly after UFC fighter Jamahal Hill defeated Glover Teixeira in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 283 Saturday night, clinching the light heavyweight championship and cementing his place at the top of the division.
The challenger winning the wildly one-sided affair wasn’t the only surprise that night, as the former champion also left his gloves in the Octagon, announcing his retirement from the sport.
“Glover has had a great career and has nothing else to prove,” tweeted UFC #5 middleweight Derek Brunson. “Great Inspiring Career! Thanks Legend!”
“Thanks @gloverteixeira,” tweeted former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping. “Legend personified.”
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“Incredible career @gloverteixeira,” UFC lightweight Anthony “Showtime” Pettis added, calling Teixeria “a true legend.”
Hill’s punch was on full display during the five round contest as the new belt holder emerged victorious via a unanimous decision over a battered Teixeira.
The new champion tearfully embraced his coaches after the fight to celebrate the biggest fight of his career.
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Hill received his own praise from former UFC champions Jon Jones and Justin Gaethje and others.
Teixeira and Hill won Fight of the Night.
Teixeira stayed in the match until the final bell, but failed to regain a championship he won for the first time at UFC 267. After losing the title at UFC 275, Texeiria had another shot at the vacated title, but he could not overcome Hill. .
After the fight, the Brazilian veteran said his toughness got him to the end, but he can no longer “keep up”.
“In reality, though, I think I’m too strong for my own good,” Teixeira explained in the middle of the Octagon. “I can’t keep up anymore. I’m going to focus my energy on [middleweight champ] Alex Pereira. He holds his belt for a while and moves up to light heavyweight. It’s an honor to lay down the gloves on the same night as Shogun.”
Maurício “Shogun” Rua, also a Brazilian veteran and former light heavyweight champion, retired earlier in the evening after his loss to Ihor Potieria.
Widely regarded as a legend of the sport, Teixeira retires with a 16-7 record in UFC.
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His record includes wins over former UFC light heavyweight champions Jan Blachowicz, Rashad Evans, Quinton Jackson, as well as Ryan Bader, who is a former champion in several divisions for Bellator.
Also at UFC 283, Moreno defended his flyweight belt via doctor stoppage between the third and fourth rounds, and welterweight Gilbert Burns picked up a crucial submission victory over Neil “The Haitian Sensation” Magny.