Jamahal Hill: ‘I just didn’t see the same fire that I’m coming with’ in first UFC 283 faceoff with Glover Teixeira

RIO DE JANEIRO – Jamahal Hill got a read from his intense Tuesday faceoff with Glover Teixeira.

Hill (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) faced off with Teixeira in Brazil ahead of their vacant light heavyweight title fight, which headlines UFC 283 on Saturday at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ABC and early prelims on ESPN+.

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The confident knockout artist locked eyes with former champion Teixeira (33-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC) in what was an intense, but respectful faceoff.

“(I’m) just hungry – ready for the kill,” Hill told reporters, including MMA Junkie on Wednesday at UFC 283 media day. “Whenever I’m in a faceoff or whenever I’m in the cage, you see the difference in my eyes. It’s a competitor, and this competitor is a killer.

“I (saw) some fire in his eyes. I (saw) that he’s just ready. You can tell he’s been here before and he’s ready to go through it, but I just didn’t see the same fire that I’m coming with.”

Hill has knocked out his past three opponents, most recently former title challenger Thiago Santos. But going up against an experienced veteran like Teixeira, Hill thinks he’s in for his toughest challenge to date.

“I’d say Glover would probably be the biggest test of my career to this point, just because the level he’s fought at, the level he’s been fighting at, and just the experience and overall the strength of schedule that he had,” Hill said.

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