At UFC 283, Hill entered hostile territory in Rio de Janeiro to challenge for the vacant light heavyweight belt. While his opponent, former 205-pound king Glover Teixeira, wouldn’t get put away in front of his home fans, “Sweet Dreams” delivered a beating worthy of the lopsided scorecards that fell his way after five rounds.
And at the conclusion of the 25-minute pay-per-view headliner, Hill’s emotions poured out as he began to grasp the accomplishment.
With the result, many have praised the new champ for an inspirational performance that will no doubt show those growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that anything is possible.
But as it turns out, “Sweet Dreams” may have managed to motivate more than just his hometown.
Adesanya Can “Relate” To Hill’s Title Win
In terms of the headliner inside Rio de Janeiro’s Jeunesse Arena, “The Last Stylebender” suggested that Hill’s performance and post-fight display of emotion has further lit a fire under him as he seeks two-time champ status in 2023.
For the first time since 2019, Adesanya entered the new year without gold in his possession. That came as a result of the UFC 281 headliner last November, which saw the Nigerian-New Zealander dethroned at Madison Square Garden by his two-time kickboxing rival Alex Pereira.
Having suffered his third loss to “Poatan” in combat sports, Adesanya is motivated to pull one back on the Brazilian. And having seen Hill’s crowning, “The Last Stylebender” is keen to hear Bruce Buffer scream “and new” for the second time in his career.
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