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UFC 283 Main Event Earns Fight of the Night, Ismael Bonfim Gets Performance Bonus

Jamahal Hill Credit: Wander Roberto/UFC

UFC 283 The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday with a big night of explosive finales and action-packed fights. But the main event between Glover Teixeira and Jamahar Hill stood out.

The light heavyweight title fight, along with the UFC’s vacant 205-pound heavyweight title fight, turned into an all-out war. Teixeira suffered a lot, but refused to go away quietly. While he never really came close, the 43-year-old did quite a bit of damage to the much younger Hill, who nonetheless took the decision home.

By the end of the bout, Hill was so emotional he couldn’t even talk to UFC analyst Daniel Cormier at first. As for Teixeira, he announced his retirement following the loss – adding that it was an honor to retire on the same night as another legendary Brazilian general, Shogun Rua.

Jamahal Hill becomes first-ever UFC champion to join promotion Dana White’s Contenders Series With victory.

That fight earned UFC 283 Fight of the Night honors. Meanwhile, Jailton Almeida and Ismael Bonfim had bonus performances of the night. Both hail from Brazil and have achieved good results – but Ismael Bonfim is likely to be shortlisted for the knockout round of the year in 12 months’ time. The lightweight rookie landed Terrence McKinney with a perfect flying knee.

The number of players participating in the UFC’s return to Brazil was 13,604.

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