What were the greatest minutes from the initial UFC pay-per-view of 2023? Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi as well as Jeff Wagenheim provide their last ideas after the 15-fight card in Brazil.
Jamahal Hillside went out of the Octagon as the brand-new UFC light heavyweight champ— as well as with his head held high, many thanks to his challenger in Saturday’s centerpiece of UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro.
It was a completely various scene from what had actually unravelled mins previously. In the co-main occasion, Brandon Moreno had actually redeemed the flyweight belt yet needed to after that cover his directly his means to the clothing area, as the Mexican competitor was pummelled by particles bathed down upon him by “followers” at Jeunesse Sector. Moreno’s infraction? He had actually uncrowned Brazil’s Deiveson Figueiredo by third-round TKO complying with a physician’s blockage.
That egalitarian display screen was inappropriate to the Brazilian competitor that was beat generally occasion. After losing from American competitor Hillside for 5 rounds, a bruised-up Glover Teixeira had 2 points to state to the group.
Initially, he revealed his retired life at age 43, a little over a year after ending up being the earliest new champ in UFC background. “It’s an honor to retire on the very same evening as ‘ Shogun’ Rua,” he stated.
Teixeira’s 2nd message for the group was supplied in Portuguese: He stated he was mosting likely to go out of the cage with the brand-new champ.
” You men, I saw you were tossing snacks as well as beverages at the last champ,” Teixeira stated, his arm slung around Hillside’s shoulders. “I desire you to appreciate him. He’s mosting likely to stroll back with me. He’s the champ.”
Pure course in a sporting activity that seriously requires it. Mixed martial arts will certainly miss out on Teixeira.
Yet this was Hillside’s evening. He is currently on top of the load amongst 205-pounders, as well as while his efficiency was skillful on this evening, it’s reasonable to ask yourself whether he is the king or a placeholder. The title belt has actually been a warm potato of late.
Jiří Procházka abandoned the champion in December due to a shoulder injury that compelled him out of an arranged protection versus Teixeira. After That Jan Blachowicz as well as Magomed Ankalaev tussled for the belt– as well as battled to a draw, leaving the top of the hill empty.
Currently the 31-year-old Hillside lives there. Will he clear up in as a house owner or is it a temporary leasing? If he combats as he did on Saturday, Hillside has a possibility to linger. Yet there’s a lengthy line of certified oppositions waiting to relocate in on him.— Wagenheim
The flyweight competition is lastly over
Brandon Moreno wins flyweight belt after medical professional’s blockage
After Deiveson Figueiredo can not open his appropriate eye, the battle is called as well as Brandon Moreno wins the UFC flyweight champion.
There’s no debate right here. Brandon Moreno is the genuine, indisputable UFC flyweight champ. The damages done to Deiveson Figueiredo, which wound up completing the battle because of medical professional’s blockage, originated from a Moreno left hook. Figueiredo may have left like it was a finger, yet as quickly as he enjoys the replay, he’ll see it was from a shut clenched fist that simply landed in an ideal– or otherwise so excellent, for the Brazilian competitor– put on the eye.
After 4 battles, Moreno has actually verified himself the most effective flyweight competitor worldwide. Some can say there’s still a little incomplete organization in between him as well as Figueiredo, yet Figueiredo stated in his postfight meeting that he is going up to bantamweight. So this four-fight collection mores than, as well as it was a damn excellent tetralogy, the initial of its kind in UFC background. The first battle in 2020, a draw, was just one of the most effective of that year. In the 2nd spell, Moreno ended up being the first-ever Mexican-born UFC champ. The trilogy, virtually specifically one year back, was razor close, yet Figueiredo bordered it bent on repay. And also currently, Moreno has actually risen 2-1-1 over his opponent, a person Moreno will certainly constantly be linked to as his profession endures.
There is even more ahead for Moreno, however. He is simply 29 years of ages. It appeared like he functioned well with instructor Sayif Saud, whom Moreno partnered with after turmoil in his training school following his instructor James Krause obtaining put on hold because of a wagering rumor Alexandre Pantoja is most likely successor, as well as he currently possesses 2 gain Moreno.
The Figueiredo collection will certainly be a phase in Moreno’s publication, yet it will not be the only phase. Moreno is currently a two-time champ– the 2nd ever before in the department, after Figueiredo– as well as has a possibility to remain to take a tradition in the 125-pound department.
Moreno likewise is keyed to heading a huge occasion in Mexico this year, if the UFC selects to make that take place. Maybe a significant year for Mexican mixed martial arts, with Alexa Grasso obtaining a UFC females’s flyweight title fired versus Valentina Shevchenko, as well as Yair Rodriguez defending the acting featherweight belt following month versus Josh Emmett Moreno, however, is still the male blazing a trail for the sporting activity south of the boundary. The UFC is readied to open up an Efficiency Institute in the nation over the following 2 years approximately, additional sealing Mexico as a location in which the promo sees development possibility. Moreno’s surge to fame is just one of the factors, which surge will just proceed after Saturday.— Raimondi
That’s following for Figueiredo, brand-new champs as well as even more
Brett Okamoto highlights that the leading celebrities from UFC 283 can deal with following after Saturday’s celebrations.
Deiveson Figueiredo, bantamweight
That must be following: Umar Nurmagomedov
I like the relocate to 135 extra pounds, as well as the majority of us saw it coming. Figueiredo is massive for 125. Currently, he’ll go to an even more comfy weight, as well as there’s a likelihood his power will certainly convert.
Bantamweight is currently a crammed department, so including Figueiredo places it over the top in regards to excellent competitions. I such as the Nurmagomedov suggestion right now. Lots of bantamweights do not wish to battle Nurmagomedov today due to the fact that he isn’t as widely known, yet his abilities are legitimate. If Figueiredo were to encounter him, it can legitimize him as a real bantamweight in one battle. At the very same time, it likewise can be a possibility to obtain Nurmagomedov before a great deal of eyes with a challenger that is a previous champ.
Specifically if Yanez wins, the UFC will certainly be seeking to offer him a huge chance. He is a rising star that would certainly split right into the leading 10 for the very first time with a win. The very same chooses Typeface, as he is an enjoyable competitor that has actually taken on the most effective. Stylistically, either one would certainly supply a dynamite battle.
I still like Nurmagomedov as the No. 1 choice due to the fact that it stands for a lot of advantage for both events, yet this is a close secondly.
Brandon Moreno, guys’s flyweight champ
That must be following: Alexandre Pantoja
Pantoja is the following male up, as the Brazilian competitor has actually won 3 straight. He has actually never ever defended the belt, yet he has actually constantly remained in the discussion. He is 9-3 in the UFC as well as holds a number of trademark victories. Among those victories, incidentally, mores than Moreno from 2018. He likewise defeated Moreno when both were candidates on “The Ultimate Competitor” in 2016.
Wild card: Matheus Nicolau
If, for one reason or another, Pantoja were inaccessible, Nicolau is an enjoyable choice. The 30-year-old is shooting on all cyndrical tubes as well as taking on self-confidence. He is a valuable challenger on a six-fight win touch. This likewise would certainly be an amusing battle stylistically, as both of these men have technological boxing abilities.
Jamahal Hillside, light heavyweight champ
That must be following: Magomed Ankalaev
I’m unsure just how prominent this recommendation is mosting likely to be, yet I was just one of those that really felt Ankalaev obtained rather burglarized in his title battle versus Jan Blachowicz In my eyes, Ankalaev has a little a case to the title, as well as I feel he should have a shot. I likewise think if this battle were made, Ankalaev would certainly be preferred to win entering.
Ankalaev is a hazardous defend any person, as is Hillside. This is a battle that can finish anytime, as well as it’s one where some may question the brand-new champ. Defeating Ankalaev would certainly be a terrific means for Hillside to even more insist himself as the male at 205.
Wild card: Jiří Procházka
The previous champ is the one that should have a shot one of the most, as he never ever shed his title. The only factor I have him as the wild card rather than the following challenger is that I do not believe he will certainly prepare in the future. Prochazka is doing every little thing he can to be all set asap, yet the UFC isn’t mosting likely to wait. It’s currently been seen that the firm is relocating this department ahead.
I anticipate there to be a minimum of another title battle in his lack, yet if Prochazka does get here healthy and balanced in advance of routine, this is his battle.
Gilbert Burns, welterweight
That must be following: Jorge Masvidal
This is a simple, very easy phone call. The UFC desires this battle, as well as it also considered making it in 2014. Burns as well as Masvidal have actually gone back as well as forth on social networks, as well as Masvidal provided, at one factor, to eliminate Burns in March.
If it occurs, this is a hell of a fan-friendly battle, as well as it makes excellent feeling in the positions. Burns is still searching a title, regardless of entering into Saturday’s battle on a 1-2 mini-skid. Masvidal has actually shed 3 straight, yet he has background with the present champ, Leon Edwards, as well as a sway Burns would certainly be a large increase for Masvidal’s title goals.
It’s a battle with a tale, as well as stylistically it’s 10/10. I think we’ll obtain this battle.
Wild card: Colby Covington
Covington has actually been silent considering that he defeated Masvidal in March. Covington continues to be in the title discussion, also, yet I think he’ll require to take another battle prior to he obtains a shot. This would certainly make a great deal of feeling.
Belal Muhammad likewise would certainly make good sense for Covington, yet if Masvidal isn’t offered as a challenger for Burns, I can see the UFC transforming its interest to this match. It would certainly be favored by followers– as well as Burns. He called Covington out after the battle.
Jessica Andrade, strawweight/flyweight
That must be following: Carla Esparza
Take Into Consideration: 216 … to 85. That was the strike differential from Andrade’s sway Lauren Murphy Battles such as this can take place when you have actually obtained a competitor like Andrade that occurs to be a 1B to the 1A champs of Valentina Shevchenko as well as Zhang Weili There is a rather clear void in between Andrade as well as the various other challengers, yet she has actually lost in huge battles versus Zhang, Shevchenko as well as Rose Namajunas
Andrade vs. Esparza would certainly be a battle comparable to the one we saw on Saturday. Esparza is greater rated, yet Andrade would certainly be a substantial wagering preferred. I believe the UFC needs to go on as well as do this battle, in which a win would possibly establish Andrade with a title shot. And also, these 2 have actually never ever battled.
Wild card: Manon Fiorot
Shevchenko’s following title battle is currently being wrapped up versus Alexa Grasso Fiorot has a great deal of energy as well as an enjoyable design. I would not be shocked if the UFC really did not desire this battle, as it may melt Fiorot as a prospective title opposition versus a person that currently has actually shed to the present champ.
Yet if Andrade wishes to battle at 125 extra pounds, this is the battle that makes good sense, as well as it would certainly be an extremely interesting one.
After 21 years, we bid farewell to Shogun
Raimondi: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS is not a fond memories sporting activity. Maybe due to the fact that it hasn’t been about long as contrasted to the others. The UFC is drawing in brand-new followers annually, particularly considering that the pandemic, after which the sporting activity as well as the promo have actually expanded a fair bit. The UFC just sometimes deals with the followers that have actually been around a long period of time due to the fact that it’s continuously going after the brand-new buzz train as well as, obviously, pay-per-view buys. It’s resembled that considering that the initial period of “The Ultimate Competitor.”
Which’s penalty. That’s organization. The UFC is doing it quite damn well.
However, for any person rather brand-new to the sporting activity, also a person that began enjoying within the previous one decade, if there’s someone you may wish to return as well as study, it’s Mauricio “Shogun” Rua Several of his distinctions have actually been shed to time.
Rua is a previous UFC light heavyweight champ as well as among the most effective 205-pound boxers of perpetuity. Yet to value simply exactly how excellent Shogun was, you’ll need to go back to the aughts, to Satisfaction. The male was an outright threat, a buzz saw of strikes, elbow joints, knees, as well as football kicks. He was terrible– the male has greater than one TKO by means of tramples– yet not simply terrible. His striking out of Brazil’s famous Chute Boxe led his time. Cue up UFC Battle Pass as well as take a look at Rua’s operate in the 2005 Satisfaction middleweight grand prix, throughout which he defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as well as Alistair Overeem in the period of 4 months. He quit Rampage with football kicks as well as Overeem with strikes. Extraordinary.
Shogun combated his last spell on Saturday at the age of 41, a loss to Ihor Potieria After 21 years in the sporting activity, consisting of 16 with the UFC, the Brazilian competitor isn’t the very same individual he was. And also in the UFC, he was excellent, defeating Lyoto Machida to win the light heavyweight title in 2010. Yet to much better recognize the sporting activity as well as among its pioneers of physical violence, it’s ideal to discharge up those rough, standard-definition video clips from Japan that may or may not remain in letterbox style. That’s where you’ll obtain the truest feeling of that Shogun was as well as what he suggested to combined fighting styles.
Ismael Bonfim sends his prospect for ko of the evening
Ismael Bonfim squashes Terrance McKinney with a ferocious knee to the jaw as well as the Brazilian group commemorates.
Bonfim bros placed the UFC on notification
Wagenheim: Stress got on the Bonfim bros in several means at UFC 283. Gabriel, 25, as well as Ismael, 27, were each making a UFC launching, which by itself is an obstacle that can be loaded with nerves. Substance that with the truth that they were both doing it on the very same battle card, which, also for educating companions, is a scenario laden with added feelings. So think of just how it was for these Brazilian brother or sisters collectively pursuing this turning point on a battle card kept in their homeland.
Yet they managed every one of this like experienced experts, without shedding any one of the side a professional athlete brings right into a possibility to tip up. After Ismael regulated every secondly of his light-weight spell versus Terrance McKinney— no very easy initial Octagon enemy– as well as ended up the battle sensationally with a flying knee ko, Gabriel had a great deal to meet. For one point, Gabriel strolled right into the cage with an unbeaten document. And also much less than a min after his welterweight spell with Mounir Lazzez started, Gabriel went out with his excellent document still undamaged complying with an eruptive entry win.
Their efficiencies can not have actually gone any much better for the duo. Whether they meet the soaring objective Gabriel mentioned following his win– “The Bonfim bros are right here to come to be champs– one at light-weight, one at welterweight”– is an issue for afterward. (Yet I’m not questioning them.) At this moment, the mixed martial arts globe marvels of these bros as well as just how they slammed down the Octagon door on an evening to keep in mind in Rio de Janeiro.