The UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro this week, visiting Brazil for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. UFC 283 brought two title fights, both featuring hometown favorites, and a host of other Brazilian talent.
The Octagon’s last appearance on Brazilian soil was in March 2020, when the final UFC card before the mandatory holiday was played in an empty arena in Brasilia. Nearly three years later, the promotion is back and former light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira looks forward to another chance at 205 pounds of gold.
Opposite Teixeira is Jamahal Hill, not Jiri Prochazka. Prochazka, who beat Teixeira for the belt last June, is expected to play in a rematch against Glover in December. But with the Czech boxer injured and giving up his belt, it was Magomed Ankalaev. It was a fight Teixeira rejected, saying he needed more time to prepare for an opponent with a different style. Ankalaev partnered Jan Blachowicz for the vacant title at UFC 282, but the fight ended in a draw.
The UFC then reversed course, opting to pair Teixeira and Hill for the still-vacant strap. Given the circumstances and Prochazka’s injury, the winner’s legitimacy may ultimately be called into question – but there’s no question that the UFC 283 main event has some appeal.
The same goes for the common feature, which sees Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno face off for the fourth time. With their career series tied at 1-1-1, the winner might just settle the debate over who is the better flyweight once and for all, with a fifth bout on the horizon.
The weigh-in for UFC 283 is Friday morning in Rio de Janeiro – check out the results below!
UFC 283: Teixeira vs. Hill weigh-in results
light heavyweight: Glover Teixeira (205) vs. Jamahal Hill — For the vacant UFC light heavyweight title
flyweight: Deiveson Figueiredo (c) (125) vs. Brandon Moreno (ic) (125) — Unified bout for UFC Lightweight Championship/Championship
welterweight: Gilbert Burns (170) vs. Neil Magney
Women’s Flyweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Lauren Murphy (125.5)
light heavyweight: Paul Craig (205) vs. Johnny Walker (205)
light heavyweight: Shogun Rua (205) vs. Ihor Potieria (205)
middleweight: Gregory Rodriguez (186) vs. Bruno Ferreira (185)
light: Thiago Moises (155.5) vs. Melchizel Costa (155)
welterweight: Mounir Lazzez (170.5) vs. Gabriel Bonfim (171)
Early Prep Card
heavyweight: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Jailton Almeida
light: Terrence McKinney (156) vs. Ishmael Bonfim
welterweight: Wally Alves (171) vs. Nicolas Darby (170)
women’s featherweight: Josiane Nunes (145.5) vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos
bantamweight: Luan Lacerda (136) vs. Cody Stamann (135.5)
bantamweight: Simon Oliveira (136) vs. Daniel Marcos (136)
reserve fighter: Alexander Pantoya (125)