Ladies and also gents, we lastly have a UFC light heavyweight champ. In the very first pay-per-view of 2023, Jamahal Hillside caught the uninhabited belt with a ruthless choice gain Glover Teixeira, that introduced his retired life after a worthy initiative at UFC 283. The spell headlined an active go back to Brazil, which likewise saw Brandon Moreno placed a stamp on his competition with Deiveson Figueiredo, Mauricio Rua flight off right into mixed martial arts valhalla, plus far more.
With a lot to go over, allow’s strike our 6 most significant takeaways from UFC 283.
1. Envision your complication if somebody informed you in November that Jamahal Hillside will come to be UFC light heavyweight champ within the following 3 months. The side-eye sent their method would certainly’ve been famous. They would certainly’ve been crossed out right away — which’s not also suggested to be a mild versus Hillside. He simply wasn’t aware. Way too many names led him in the local ladder. Champ by very early 2023? Nah, perhaps very early 2024. Yet as we awake on this Sunday early morning, the brand-new king of the land at 205 extra pounds coincides guy that 19 months earlier had his arm completely broke in fifty percent by Paul Craig.
This is the state of mixed martial arts after the previous couple of chaotic years: The even more we believe we understand, the much less we really recognize.
However you understand what? Fifty percent of this video game boils down to timing, and also Hillside took the minute.
He leveled up before our eyes at UFC 283. Both most significant enigma in his video game have actually constantly been takedown protection and also cardio. “Wonderful Desires” addressed both in unquestionable style. He climbed to the event on brief notification, strung with each other a championship-level efficiency on one of the most essential evening of his life, damaged Glover Teixeira with sledgehammer after sledgehammer and also never ever when revealed any type of indicators of reducing. It was a detailed beatdown back and forth. His athleticism and also imagination on the feet over 25 mins were a discovery, and also currently it’s tough not to salivate at the possibility of exactly how bats*** insane an ultimate Hillside vs. Jiri Prochazka conference of terrible gents can be.
Last month I called the light heavyweight department a rudderless mess, and also while I don’t believe UFC 283 gotten rid of all that quirkiness, Hillside’s outbreak efficiency a minimum of offers 205 extra pounds some form of much-needed instructions (also if both Prochazka and also Magomed Ankalaev would likely be the wagering fave versus him if reserved tomorrow).
However allow’s likewise deal with the opposite side of this coin in Teixeira — due to the fact that honestly, I’m still amazed this guy. Similarly that time-traveler that appeared in November with information of Hillside’s destiny would certainly’ve obtained one heck of a side-eye, they might’ve been secured as certifiably outrageous had they anticipate in August 2018 exactly how the residence stretch of Teixeira’s job would certainly play out. The Teixeira of 5 years earlier was a washed-up challenger that’d gone down 3 of his previous 5 battles and also been completely knocked senseless two times, among which lasted every one of 13 secs.
His destiny was expected to have actually been authorized, secured, provided. It mored than.
Currently? There’s a reputable dispute to be had whether Teixeira is a Hall of Famer.
(I suggest … he possibly is, right?)
It’s amazing. Teixeira’s not likely last phases will certainly drop as the best legacy-altering end-of-career promote any type of UFC boxer not called Michael Bisping.
The early-40s variation of Teixeira implausibly became an extra long lasting, much more hazardous, much more reliable boxer than the mid-30s variation. If gifting the mixed martial arts globe among the best battles of all-time wasn’t sufficient, the reality that he had the ability to take in 232 considerable strikes from a knockout musician 12 years his junior on Saturday and also not just claw his method to the scorecards in his retired life battle, however likewise virtually rally for a wonder finishing in the last round, simply functions as more testimony to the tale Teixeira has actually ended up being.
Ultimately, Teixeira was appropriate: He was as well hard for his very own excellent.
However damn if it wasn’t one heck of a flight. Relax easy, champ. You provided all of it you had.
2. Legitimate inquiry right here: Simply in regards to pure in-cage activity, is Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo the best competition in UFC background?
Consider it. Certain, various other collection included much more engaging personalities or were even more traditionally considerable in a wider feeling, however in regards to the real battles themselves and also exactly how they played out in the cage, the amount of various other UFC competitions absolutely contrast?
Truly, just one come to mind: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard. That trilogy checks just the same boxes, and also eventually it possibly still holds the crown for me. However the reality that it’s a real dispute is wild sufficient. That actually anticipated that back in Dec. 2020 prior to UFC 256?
That being stated, it’s time to proceed. Figueiredo appears to recognize that, as well. Ball game is cleared up at 2-1-1 and also Moreno had the much more leading efficiencies throughout the 4 competitions. Alexandre Pantoja has lengthy deserved his chance at the UFC flyweight belt, and also appealing skills like Manel Kape, Muhammad Mokaev, and also Amir Albazi are mosting likely to be gaining their opportunities quickly. It’s honestly outstanding Figueiredo made 125 extra pounds for as lengthy as he did, however the matchmaking opportunities currently for him at 135 extra pounds are limitless as well. Whatever concerning this legend has actually been a web favorable. Flyweight remains in a much healthier area than ever, which’s just due to the spectacular display screens Figueiredo and also Moreno placed on over the previous 25 months. Currently it’s time to for the remainder of the department to rejoin the battle royal.
3. There just a few boxers in this video game I can straight indicate as a reason my life wound up taking the course it did. However Mauricio Rua? He’s one of them.
Back in 2005, I was a junior in senior high school when the terrible phenomenon of Satisfaction Combating Champions very first stumbled right into my province. Enjoying Rua’s legendary grand prix run unravel in real-time on rough streams midway throughout the globe was a nearly unjustly best access to transform an angsty young adult right into a long-lasting mixed martial arts follower. No person in background much better possessed Satisfaction FC’s ruleset than Rua. His callous imagination with stamps and also football kicks was borderline salacious, and also his 2005 continues to be among one of the most outstanding tasks ever before achieved by a young boxer in mixed martial arts background. Picture a 23-year-old emerging from out of no place today and also trucking with 4 of the very best boxers worldwide in a period of 5 months, each efficiency in some way much more strongly incredible than the last. He was a symbol at an age prior to the majority of boxers also discover their sea legs. Which label? An all-timer. There go to the very least 3 old Tale of Zelda submits called “Shogun” hidden someplace in my storage room.
Recalling this previous week, the reality that Rua was just 25 years of ages when he debuted in the UFC still boggles my mind. He’s relatively been middle-aged for the previous 15 years. The UFC item was so extremely various than Satisfaction’s, and also Rua was removed of numerous of his ideal tools when he showed up stateside, yet he still provided the mixed martial arts globe a myriad of unforgettable minutes in his post-prime run, from his title-winning evening of vindication over Lyoto Machida in 2010 to his famous battles of attrition with Dan Henderson.
Rua had his ups and also downs and also never ever appeared like a Mr. Olympia rival, however he’s a very easy first-ballot Hall of Famer and also a lock on the first-team All-Violence team up until completion of time. He was entitled to far better than to obtain dance-taunted on his escape by an arbitrary Challenger Collection possibility like Ihor Potieria, however I’m glad he went to the very least provided the possibility to head out in Brazil amongst his adoring fellow citizens instead of in a sterilized, vacant UFC Peak sector.
Many thanks for whatever, “Shogun.” Your area in mixed martial arts tradition will certainly never ever be failed to remember.
4. Allow’s formulate some fast welterweight matchmaking post-UFC 283, shall we?
Currently, doesn’t that appearance good?
I understand Burns simply called out Covington after his perfect success over Neil Magny, however Chimaev vs. Covington continues to be the action. It’s the best last mini-boss prior to tossing Chimaev at the title, and also Burns simply invested every one of battle week barrier versus Muhammad. This makes excessive feeling. Obtain it done, UFC intermediators, and also we’re buddies permanently.
5. Jump aboard the Jailton Almeida train while you can, people, due to the fact that this bandwagon is filling out quickly.
If you’ve paid attention to any one of our programs over the previous year, you possibly understand I was currently a follower in mixed martial arts Combating’s 2022 Newbie of the Year. However after his prance over a 31-pounds-heavier Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC 283? I’m formally all-in. Perhaps it’ll go to heavyweight or perhaps it’ll go to 205 extra pounds, however Almeida is mosting likely to compete for titles, and also I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t have “UFC champ” on his résumé prior to this is done.
The royal prince of positivity Alexander K. Lee called him a massive Demian Maia with fumbling and also ground-and also-pound on Saturday, and you understand what? I don’t also despise the contrast. The method he’s had the ability to put in on his will certainly easily on his resistance with 4 octagon looks need to be triggering alarm systems for any individual in the UFC over 185 extra pounds.
I had concerns whether Almeida’s dimension will certainly hold him back at heavyweight, and also to be reasonable, those concerns are still legitimate. There’s miles of distinction in between Curtis Blaydes and also Abdurakhimov. However battering a 263-pound beast as if he was a young child is a heck of a declaration to silent those worries. I still have an inkling Almeida will ultimately strike a glass ceiling versus the bigger elite heavyweights, which 205 extra pounds will certainly be his ultimate residence, however regardless, I’m purchasing up as a lot Jailton supply as feasible due to the fact that this guy is predestined to be a difference-maker prior to his UFC tale mores than. Choo-choo!
6. Crown the Bonfim siblings as the brand-new kings of Rio for the weekend break, due to the fact that they simply carried out among the wildest debuting evenings for a family in contemporary UFC background.
In a period of 2 hrs on Saturday, the Brazilian set rattled off a brand-new frontrunner for Ko of the Year plus a stunning 49-second entry over 2 extremely reputable skills in Terrance McKinney and also Mounir Lazzez. We’re definitely mosting likely to be discussing what huge bro — 27-year-old Ismael — drew on McKinney when grants period rolls around at the end of 2023. That’s about as best of a flying knee as a human can toss. Yet in some way the launching of little bro — 25-year-old Gabriel — wasn’t any type of much less outstanding. Thinking about the competitions the Bonfim siblings were entrusted with for UFC 283, also mother and father couldn’t have actually fantasized their big-show launchings would certainly go this quickly.
I won’t obtain as well much in advance of myself, however the UFC has actually battled to discover a leading brother or sister act to equal what the Pitbulls siblings are for Bellator. Recently, there have actually been some misses out on (the Daukauses, the Teymurs, the Azaitars), some discriminatory duos (the Shevchenkos, the Usmans, the Burnses), and also a couple of possible alternatives still in pending (the Basharats, the Tafas), however hardly ever — if ever before — do both brother or sisters really turn out. The Bonfims have a lengthy method to head to come to be those individuals, however they couldn’t have actually requested for an extra stunning begin.