The Glover Teixeira vs Jamahal Hill matchup is due in less than a week and tensions have never been higher. The Light-heavyweight division has been going through a cursed-like state for a long while and many fans want to see some stability in the division. Glover Teixeira is a veteran of this division and has already tasted gold once. Jamahal Hill is fresh blood on the hunt for glory!
Jon Jones was a reigning champion in the light-heavyweight division where he last fought at UFC 247 in 2020 against the latest upcoming challenger Dominic Reyes. The highly experienced campaigner earlier abandoned the title after getting caught using steroids and vacated the belt for recovery. It was pretty visible that his glory days were behind him and many were waiting to witness a passing of the torch moment.
Reyes did not disappoint, putting up a very good show against a once-dangerous fighter who seemed past his prime. But in an extremely controversial decision, the judges decided to hand the victory to Jones. After this fight, Jon decided to hang up his gloves and paved the way for new faces to rule the weight class. Dominic went into his next title shot against Jan Blachowicz from Poland.
Many still had a fresh memory of Reyes’s performance against Jones and expected him to get the job done. But Jan shocked the world by winning the title and went on to defeat middleweight champion Israel Adesanya for the title defense. Next Jan lost the title to Glover, Teixeira lost the title to Jiri Prochzka, Jiri abandoned the title due to injury, and the Ankalaev vs Jan match ended in a draw.
Fast forward a month since the last title fight Glover Teixeira and Jamahal Hill are set to fight for the next title championship. Both fighters are currently in Brazil and have had their first face-off. Speaking to the media, Glover talked about his preparation, “I had six weeks to train for Jamahal, and I’m really happy with the results. I’m ready for five rounds, but I don’t want a long fight. I want to finish him as soon as I can.”
Who do you want to see as the next Light-heavyweight champion?