Jamahal Hill
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Snaps arm in first career defeat
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 12, 2021
Hill lost to Paul Craig via TKO (punches) at 1:59 of Round 1 at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
The official record says that Hill lost via TKO, but the truth of the matter is that he lost because Craig snapped his arm in half. Hill entered this fight with a massive power edge, but that doesn't help if you find yourself rolling around the mat with an ace BJJ specialist like Craig. This should have been over the second Hill suffered the arm injury, but the incompetence of referee Al Guinee allowed it to continue. There's a reason the same half dozen refs seem to officiate all the big bouts. The is the first pro loss for the 30-year-old Hill.
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Now fighting Paul Craig in June
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 24, 2021
Hill (undisclosed) has been re-booked versus Paul Craig for UFC 263 on June 12, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Hill had to withdraw from his initially scheduled fight against Craig due to a positive COVID test, but he's now been cleared for a return to the Octagon. He'll look to maintain his undefeated pro record against an opponent who's gone 3-0-1 in his last four fights. Hill sits as a (-280) favorite as of the start of fight week, and oddsmakers don't expect this matchup to see the final bell, as the fight is (-300) to not go the distance.
Fight with Paul Craig postponed
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 10, 2021
Hill won't face Paul Craig in a light heavyweight fight at the UFC's March 20 event after Craig announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that Hill withdrew from the matchup.
ANALYSIS
An explanation behind Hill's withdrawal isn't yet known, but Craig wrote in his post that the two light heavyweight fighters have already agreed to a rematch at any unspecified time. Hill posts a perfect 8-0-0 record for his career, including victories in each of his first three bouts in the UFC.
Matching up against Paul Craig
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 15, 2021
Hill (hand) will face Paul Craig in a light heavyweight bout at a UFC event March 20, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Hill is coming off a victory via TKO (punches) over Ovince Saint Preux in December, and he'll look to continue his undefeated streak in March. Craig defeated Mauricio Rua in November and is 3-0-1 in his past four fights.
Six-month medical suspension
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 8, 2020
Hill will need clearance on his left hand by a doctor or he will face a six-month suspension, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hill was able to defeat Ovince Saint Preux via TKO last Saturday. It was an impressive performance by one of the UFC's top prospects. Hill boasts a 9-0 career MMA record, but will need to clear up a hand issue or be unable to fight until early June.
Top prospect stops OSP
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 5, 2020
Hill defeated Ovince Saint Preux via TKO (punches) at 3:37 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 19 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a standout performance from Hill and one in which he displayed his high fight IQ, in additional to his offensive abilities. Blessed with a significant speed and power edge over OSP, Hill remained content to pick his spots and not force things until the openings presented themselves. He was outpointing Saint Preux over the course of the first round and a half, but things didn't really open up for Hill until late in Round 2. He trapped OSP along the fence and unloaded with countless unanswered strikes that forced referee Jason Herzog to step in. There's room for immediate advancement at 205 pounds, and the 29-year-old Hill has quickly proven to be one of division's better prospects as we head into 2021.