Jiri Prochazka is no longer the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion after relinquishing his title due to a severe injury. Top contender Hill wouldn’t have done the same as ‘Denisa’ but here we are with an entirely new main event for UFC 282. Former champ Jan Blachowicz will fight Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant title.
Hill’s Reaction To Blachowicz-Ankalaev Being Booked
Glover Teixeira was thought to be getting the next title shot, though he’d turn it down wanting more time to fight Ankalaev. To ‘Sweet Dreams’, this wasn’t really much of a surprise.
“Knowing how I was called, the way I was hit up by the situation and things like that, it’s not really surprising that it played out the way it did,” Hill told Middle Easy.
[Glover] has been training to fight Jiri who’s planning on striking with him. And Ankalaev will come with a wrestle-heavy approach. So, you have to be physically ready for that.”
Hill Thinks Ankalaev Will Win Four Rounds
With the fight being upgraded from three rounds to a championship’s five, Hill believes this gives more of an edge to Ankalaev. While the knockout artist likes the Russian’s chances more, Hill isn’t counting out Blachowicz and his ‘legendary Polish power’ as all it takes is one to end a fight.
“I think the five rounds favor Magomed,” Hill continued. “I think if Jan wins, he is gonna have to get a solid shot through and land and hurt him, hurt him, wobble him, whatever. I think that’s gonna be Jan’s path to victory: landing a good shot, landing and getting a finish.
“Magomed should just focus on trying to beat him up. Just try to beat him up. Eventually the finish will come. If not, I think he wins at least three or four rounds. I actually see him winning 4-1.”
“I could see that happening,” Hill said, when asked about if Ankalaev could get a finish in the later rounds. “Honestly just based off of how Magomed fights and things like that, I think it goes to decision. I think he wins 4-1.”
Jamahal Hill will look to get closer to title contention himself, when he takes on fellow contender Anthony Smith on March 11th.