UFC 283: results, Glover Teixeira vs Jamahal Hill, Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno, eye poke, results, video

Everyone found themselves asking the same question after four rounds: How is Glover Teixeira still standing? How is this 43-year-old ready to go another five minutes?

But Teixeira has made a career out of doing the unthinkable and he constantly defied the odds on Sunday, even if it ultimately ended in defeat to Jamahal Hill.

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It was a dominant display from Hill, who well and truly earned his title as the UFC’s new light heavyweight champion.

From questions of his cardio, grappling and wrestling defence — Hill answered it all in Brazil. Teixeira, meanwhile, left no one questioning his toughness.

Although there were plenty of people left wondering whether Teixeira was too tough for his own good.

Teixeira tried for the takedown a few times early, as expected, but Hill defended it well while attempting to establish the jab while mixing in a few leg kicks.

The fight was then temporarily stopped, only for a few seconds, as Teixeira accidentally poked Hill in the eye with his pinky.

Unlike the Moreno and Figueiredo fight though it would only be a momentary pause as the action resumed shortly after.

Glover landed a strong left hook — one of his better shots — late in the round but overall it was Hill landing more frequently and defending the takedown well in the first period.

“He looked as calm as he was all week in that first round,” Daniel Cormier said in commentary.

The fight was stopped momentarily once again early in the second round after Teixeira this time was accidentally poked in the eye.

Once action resumed though things really started to get going, first sparked with a few brutal head kicks from Hill that wobbled his opponent.

Hill then followed it up with big right hands and the 43-year-old Teixeira looked to be in serious trouble, only to fire back with a few big left hand counters and hooks.

In a true test of Hill’s takedown defence Teixeira then took the fight to the ground, hunting the arm triangle. Hill though was able to survive as the bout went to a third round.

“What was key in that exchange was Jamahal was able to survive and get back to his feet,” Cormier said.

Hill had his chance to end the fight midway through the third, swarming on Glover with a series of punches and big shots that left the 41-year-old “busted up” according to Cormier.

The resilient Glover though was able to outlast the beating and was eventually let back up by Hill.

It looked as if it was a question of when not if the fight ended, with Glover copping an absolute beating from the in-control Hill.

Teixeira did land a takedown late in the round, threatening to pull off an incredible victory but Hill could not be stopped, bursting into tears after the final bell rang.

“Unbelievable and he had to overcome some adversity,” Paul Felder said in commentary.

“Everyone questioned whether Jamahal would have the ability to survive those moments and it went the distance.”

Crowd erupts over eye poke controversy

Brandon Moreno is the undisputed flyweight champion after defeating Deiveson Figueiredo in a third-round TKO victory that was not without controversy.

Moreno was in total control in the third round when the doctor called a stop to the fight due to an eye injury suffered by Figueiredo.

While both Moreno and the ESPN commentary team were firm in believing the injury was the result of a clean shot, the hometown hero Figueiredo disagreed — and the Rio faithful had his back too.

“It was Brandon’s night,” Figueiredo said post-fight.

“I felt the eye poke. I thought it was an eye poke but there is nothing much I can say. Hopefully I don’t have any long-lasting problems with my eyes.”

Figueiredo also confirmed he was moving up a division, growing “tired of making this weight” while Moreno was peppered with random objects by furious fans as he left.

It was a dramatic end to a fight that Moreno largely dominated, with the ESPN commentary team announcing he was leading 2-1 on all three judges’ scorecards when the fight was done.

Moreno scored an early takedown but was not in the right spot as Figueiredo got the guillotine attempt from half-guard, with both fighters soon back on their feet.

Figueiredo landed a few strong leg kicks while Moreno landed a combination to the head but Moreno was staying patient according to expert commentator Paul Felder.

“He’s kind of waiting, not throwing around the jab as much, just waiting for Figueiredo to open up with the big shots and then looking to counter,” Felder said.

Moreno scored another takedown later in the first round but it again did not lead to anything outside of a leg lock battle between the pair.

Even still, Moreno was effectively using his wrestling and mixing in body shots to tire Figueiredo, with Felder adding that he was also challenging the cardio of Figueiredo by dictating the pace of the fight.

Daniel Cormier urged Figueiredo to do something to change that and countered one of Moreno’s takedown attempts with a guillotine choke.

Moreno though remained patient as Figueiredo squeezed tighter, eventually popping his head free and surviving.

There was a moment of drama in the third round after a big left from Moreno appeared to hit the eye of Figueiredo, who immediately protested and tried to call on the refs to stop the fight.

His pleas fell on deaf ears though, with Felder saying in commentary that the eye was “definitely bothering” Figueiredo, who had been limited to just 17 significant strike connections by that point.

Boos rang out from the Brazilian crowd as replays showed the alleged eye poke, chanting: “Hey ref, f*** you” according to MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz.

With Figueiredo’s eye closing up, the doctor then stopped the fight giving Moreno the win and his belt back.

Both Cormier and Felder in commentary agreed that it was a fair result.

“Right here you see the punch Moreno lands,” Cormier said.

“Look, he hits him with the knuckle, hits with the thumb and he does touch him on the face. But his thumb is on the forehead.

“He does not catch him on the eye. Make no mistake about it. The right hand touches the forehead on the other side.”

“I know the crowd will see the hands go out and fingers go close to the eye but it was that knuckle… it was 100 per cent a clean punch thrown,” added Felder.

UFC 283 full results

Jamahal Hill defeated Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision (50-45×3) for UFC light heavyweight championship

Brandon Moreno defeated Deiveson Figueiredo via third-round TKO, 5:00 (doctor’s stoppage) for UFC flyweight championship

Gilbert Burns defeated Neil Magny via submission (head/arm choke) (R1, 4:15)

Jessica Andrade defeated Lauren Murphy via unanimous decision (30-25 x2, 30-26)

Johnny Walker defeated Paul Craig via first-round TKO (2:16)

Preliminary Card

Ihor Potieria defeated Mauricio Rua via first-round TKO (4:05)

Brunno Ferreira defeated Gregory Rodrigues via first-round KO (4:13)

Thiago Moises defeated Melquizael Costa via submission (RNC) (R2, 4:05)

Gabriel Bonfim defeated Mounir Lazzez via submission (guillotine) (R1, 0:49)

Jailton Almeida defeated Shamil Abdurakhimov via second-round TKO (2:56)

Cody Stamann defeated Luan Lacerda via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Ismael Bonfim defeated Terrance McKinney via second-round KO (2:17)

Nicolas Dalby defeated Warlley Alves via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)

Josiane Nunes defeated Zarah Fairn dos Santos via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Daniel Marcos defeated Saimon Oliveira via second-round KO (2:18)

Originally published as UFC 283 Wrap: Hill’s ‘unbelievable’ statement in bloody title war; crowd erupts in eye poke drama

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