UFC 283 preview

January 21, 2023, sees the first-ever pay-per-view event for the Las Vegas-based promoter, and it promises to be huge. The card is packed and looks absolutely thrilling for UFC fans all over the world. The headline event sees a fight for the currently vacant light heavyweight title as on-streak contender Jamahal Hill takes on the former champion Glover Teixeria. 

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The Main Event at UFC 283

Two giants of the division and an unlikely fight combination. If you had thought this was a bit of a strange pairing, you wouldn’t be far wrong. The belt was vacated by new winner Jiri Proch√°zka who took the title of light heavyweight belt holder during UFC275, which was held in June. He defeated Glover Teixeira, and a rematch was booked between the two, but sadly injury to the shoulder put him out of the running and let him to vacate his belt.

The fall of this potential fixture meant that the UFC made other arrangements to try and crown a new light heavyweight belt holder and set a fight between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev. This bout ended in a draw which meant neither of them could lift the belt, and because it was a pretty lacklustre fight that left fans slightly bored, there was no motivation to set a date for a rematch. Left scratching their heads, this new solution is all that the UFC could come up with that it should be an action-packed duel.

Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno

The next biggest fight at UFC283 is the fourth meeting for these two opponents. Figueiredo is the undisputed flyweight champion, and Marino is the interim champion, and they are looking to settle the score once and for all. The Mexican and Brazilian first went head-to-head in December 2020, and this ended in a draw. The fight was such a crowd-pleaser that an immediate rematch was booked, and this took place in June 2021. Marino was victorious in a third-round submission and took the belt. In theory, the two should have left things there, but a third round was tabled for January 2022. A unanimous-decision decision win saw Figueiredo reclaim the belt. Despite holding the belt, a contract dispute sidelined him, and therefore, the interim title was created for Marino. He took the belt against Kai Kara-France in July with a third-round total knockout. This meant that the promoters had little choice but to allow a final bout between the two, to finally settle the school.

Gilbert Burns vs. Neil Magny

With the title fights out of the way, the next biggest meeting on the card for the UFC283 lineup is a showdown between Gilbert Burns and Neil Magny, who are both welterweights. This will be the first fight between the duo in the octagon, and they have both been in the division’s top 15 for many years. The meeting was driven by Magny, who defeated Daniel Rodriguez in November, giving him a record for the most victories. He’s pretty much lined him up to pick his own opponent, and he wanted to meet Burns. Burns is an impressive force in the cage and uses Brazilian jujitsu to power his amazing knockout moves. This means it will be a closely contended fight and a tough battle for Magny, but if he can win, he will head to the welterweight top five putting him in contention for a title shot he has so far never measured up to.

The remaining fights on the card are as follows, and it is little wonder this is predicted to be a massive pay-to-view event. 

  • Jessica Andrade vs. Lauren Murphy
  • Ihor Potieria vs. Mauricio Rua
  • Paul Craig vs. Johnny Walker
  • Gabriel Bonfim vs. Mounir Lazzez
  • Zarah Fairn vs. Josiane Nunes
  • Gregory Rodrigues vs. Brad Tavares
  • Ismael Bonfim vs. Terrance McKinney
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Jailton Almeida
  • Guram Kutateladze vs. Thiago Moises
  • Warlley Alves vs. Nicolas Dalby
  • Luan Luiz Lacerda vs. Cody Stamann
  • Saimon Oliveira vs. Daniel Marcos

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