The ferocious light heavyweight fighter Jamahal Hill (12-1) has decided to step down and give up his hard-earned UFC light heavyweight belt. The reason Hill has vacated his throne is because of a severe injury; apparently, he has ruptured his Achilles, and it will take him a substantial amount of time to totally recover and fight again.
Jamahal Hill claimed the vacant UFC belt earlier this year against Glover Teixeira, and fans all around the world were eagerly waiting to see Hill defend it against a top contender from the division. Hill was expected to fight and appear for his first title defense against Jiri Prochazka, but after this recent incident, it now seems to be a possibility for the distant future.
Since Jamahal Hill has made it official that he will be vacating his belt, soon the UFC will announce the next light heavyweight fighters to fight for the vacant belt.
Jamahal Hill’s thoughts on vacating the belt
Recently on his YouTube Channel, Jamahal Hill spoke about his injury and addressed that he will be giving up his belt.
He looks forward to fighting for the belt again when he is fully recovered. “I have unfortunately suffered an injury,” Hill said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “I’ve ruptured my Achilles’ [tendon].
It’s just one of those things that happens. It’s a tough injury. It’s one that will require surgery and will require time and rehab and things for me to be out for a while. Also with that, I was given an opportunity.
I was given a blessing that came at the misfortune of someone else. Jiri Prochazka was the champion, he suffered an injury as these things happen. He gave up the belt and allowed for others to not hold the division. To keep the division moving forward.
To keep entertaining. To make sure the people had a champion. I’ll do the same. Hill further said: “The show must go on and I’m not exempt from that, I’ve been promised that I will fight for my title immediately as soon as I am able as well as the other things that come with that.