Jamahal Hill had a serious leg injury in a basketball game, more precisely he tore the Achilles tendon. A very serious injury from which he is recovering with difficulty, it is not clear why Hill took the risk when he was already the UFC lightweight champion.
Since it takes a long time to recover from that injury, his belt has been taken away and he is now free. “We’ll see who will sit as the steward on the throne until the king returns,” Hill said on his YouTube channel.
“It brings up some feelings. Now, this would officially vacate me as the champion. I believe a lot of people were confused about the process and how that works. The reason being is whenever Jiri vacated the belt, it was pretty much immediate because they already had a fight announced to fill that vacancy”.
The fight for the vacant belt will take place at UFC 295
At first it was not clear whether the UFC would take the belt from Hill, but after he sent it officially, the UFC officially announced the fight for the vacant position for the lightweight belt.
Already at UFC 295, the fight between Jiri Prochazka (29-3-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Alex Pereira (8-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) was officially announced. Two exceptional fighters who definitely deserved this fight.
“They’re definitely two fighters that I wanted to meet in my reign as champion,” Hil said.
“And I do still plan to meet upon my return. I just kind of hate the fact that one kind of has to cancel the other out. For me personally, the best thing that could happen would be like, I don’t know, a controversial type deal, something weird happening.
“I don’t know. So, that way they kind of keep their value intact for both to where I can just come back and do my thing, but it is what it is. I’m healing up, I’m coming along, doing physical therapy twice a day, just getting back to it”.
as quoted MMAJunkie Jamahal Hill added that it's not the fighters who are fighting for his belt that are his fault, it's his own fault. He also announced that he will come to watch the fight and hopes for an interesting match.
“I plan on being there,” Hill said. “I’m going to go, I’m going to watch, I’m going to see what happens, and I’ll look the next man in the eye and let him see what’s coming. I don’t really have to say nothing. I can give you a look and you know everything you need to know. I just can’t wait to be back”.