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Jamahal Hill becomes UFC’s new star as two new champions were crowned at UFC 283

Saturday night was a record-breaking performance for new UFC champion Jamahal Hill (12-1) on many levels. For starters he became the first champion to be crowned from Dana White’s contender’s series in which fighters compete to earn a UFC contract. Secondly, Hill landed 232 significant strikes which is a UFC light heavyweight record en route to a dominate decision over former champion and future UFC hall of famer Glover Teixeira (33-9) Texiera walked into the ring on Saturday fighting in front of his hometown crowd in Brazil, he was looking to become the second oldest fighter to win a belt next to 45 year old Randy Couture. Teixera showed heart and toughness which was a signature of his career. However, Hill was the younger, quicker, tougher fighter. Hill wobbled Teixeira on numerous occasions with left head kicks and big uppercuts as Teixeira staggered back against the cage. Teixeira had blood pouring out of his nose and a massive cut above his eye. At one point the fight got so out of hand the referee had to ask the warrior Brazilian's corner could he stop the fight? After the fight Texiera left his gloves in the middle of the ring symbolizing his retirement saying it was a young man’s game, also stating his mind is a lot tougher than his body. As for the new champ Hill he was overwhelmed by emotion winning his first world title. “Where I came from to get to this, it’s unreal,” Hill said. “Anything’s possible. Hard work, dedication, accountability, don’t let nobody tell you nothing. "Too many people tried to tell me I couldn’t do it. It was impossible. I needed to win in one round. I couldn’t go five [rounds] — what the f*** you got to say now?” Hill had a remarkable performance considering he took the fight on short notice without a full training camp and the sky's the limit for him as the new champ. As far as the rest of the night Brandon Moreno (21-6-2 MMA, 9-3-2 UFC) met his rival Deiveson Figueiredo (21-3-1 MMA, 10-3-1 UFC) for the fourth time. Moreno won the undisputed flyweight belt after Figueiredo’s right eye took a substantial beating and was swollen shut which forced a doctor’s stoppage. The eye injury seemed to happen in the third round after a flush knuckle from Moreno hit his foe in the eye. Figueiedo tried to protest as if it was an eye poke. However, ref Herb Dean didn’t see it that way and the round continued, and Moreno shot for a take down and controlled the round. The decision to stop the fight was made with no protest from Figueiredo, resulting in the TKO victory for Moreno. The former champion Figueiredo announced he will be moving up to the bantamweight division. As far as the new champion Moreno he had to deal with an unhappy Brazil crowd throwing popcorn upset at the early stoppage. It was a much-deserved win for Moreno and he wins the overall series closing the story book of one of UFC’s greatest rivalries 2-1-1

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