Jamahal Hill sees himself handily defeating middleweight champion Alex Pereira if given the chance.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill seems to be in limbo right now. He was thrust into a title shot on short notice back in January but rose to the occasion by beating former champion Glover Teixeira. Hill is now holding the 205-pound strap but is without an opponent. It appears as if the UFC is waiting until another former champion, Jiří Procházka is healed and ready to fight before booking Hill against anyone else. That is not stopping fighters from calling him out, however.
One man who has mentioned wanting to take a shot at Hill and potentially land himself two belts is Alex Pereira. He already has a date with Israel Adesanya this weekend in Miami but has been eyeing the light heavyweight belt for a while. Hill is not too worried about this potential matchup and spoke about how he feels he would fare in the potential bout.
“Dominant victory for me,” he said to Inside Fighting. “I don’t care what nobody says, dominant, I will dominate him.”
Jamahal Hill discusses who could be his next opponent in the UFC Octagon
Pereira is a fairly new champion and if he gets past Adesanya on Saturday night would have plenty of contenders to choose from. The odds that the UFC would send him up to light heavyweight to challenge Hill seem slim, but the UFC has been known to do these types of things. More likely for Hill would be Procházka.
“I’m hearing that he should be good, you know he should be back sooner than normal,” he said.
Procházka surrendered the belt when he injured his shoulder back in December. His timeline for return was put at the end of the summer. Now it seems that perhaps the beginning of summer could work, possibly International Fight Week in July. In the same interview, Hill also stated his interest in fighting at heavyweight in the future. With Jon Jones at the top pf that division that is sure to be an enticing fight for him as well.