Jamahal Hill feels disrespected for being out of the top 10 pound-for-pound rankings

Jamahal Hill shares his thoughts on being removed from the top 15 pound-for-pound rankings.

by Aryan Lakhani
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Jamahal Hill feels disrespected for being out of the top 10 pound-for-pound rankings
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The former UFC light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill made the tough decision to vacate his belt; he had to take such action because of an ongoing injury. A torn Achilles tendon forced him to vacate his belt and go through a long phase of recovery.

Jamahal Hill is no longer on the top 15 pound-for-pound rankings, and as an obvious response, he feels disrespected. The UFC has promised him an immediate title shot whenever he announces 100% recovery. Jamahal Hill believes he will show up in the second half of 2024.

Jamahal Hill on being removed from the rankings

Recently, on The OverDogs Podcast, Jamahal Hill shared his thoughts on not being featured in the top 15 pound-for-pound rankings anymore. “When I won the title, I can’t think of the last time somebody became a champion and they were ranked outside of the top 10 pound-for-pound rankings,” Hill said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.

“Go look at anybody else who’s won a title. Sean O’Malley, it doesn’t matter who it is. They were put in the top 10. (Alexandre) Pantoja, they were all put in the top 10. If you win a title, you’re already top of a weight class.

They never put me above 12. Jiri (Prochazka) is still on the pound-for-pound list. I was taken off the pound-for-pound list, which is cool, but it’s a way to gauge the respect and the perception. I’m disrespected in every aspect, (It’s) got me * up all over the place, but it is what it is.

People look at it like I’m a knockout guy, but I’m a martial artist. I’m a champion for a reason. I didn’t come in one-dimensional. I don’t think I can just go in and punch everybody to sleep. I understand I’m going to have to be versatile in my game and be able to win in different areas to ultimately stay where I want to be, on top of this game in this division. … The proper respect ain’t put to my name.

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