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Glover Teixeira will get the chance to become a two-time UFC champion in his home country when he faces Jamahal Hill at UFC 283 tonight.
Teixeira, who dropped the belt in his first title defence last year, was due to rematch for the lightweight strap at UFC 282 only for Jiri Prochazka to pull out and vacate it due to injury.
The 43-year-old, who originally tapped out Jan Blachowicz in October 2021 to become the oldest first-time champion in company history, then declined the chance to fight for the vacant belt against Magomed Ankalaev.
Blachowicz and Ankalaev battled for five rounds for the available gold at UFC 282 instead but their fight was declared a split draw.
UFC president Dana White reacted by booking Teixeira back into the main event scene for the still vacant 205lb title in the first main event of 2023.
His opponent Hill boasts an 11-1 record, with the lone defeat of his MMA career coming to Paul Craig – who will also be on the card – in 2021.
Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno will also clash to become the unified UFC flyweight champion in the first quadrilogy in UFC history.
UFC 283 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 21 and is being held at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The prelim action will start at 11pm for UK fans with the main card getting underway from 1am on Sunday morning. Teixeira vs Hill can then be expected at around 4am.
The action will be shown on BT Sport 1 with their coverage starting at 1am.
talkSPORT will also have all the build-up and reaction to the event throughout fight week.
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Subject to change
Early preliminary card
“I’m just hungry – ready for the kill,” Hill told reporters at UFC 283 media day.
“Whenever I’m in a faceoff or whenever I’m in the cage, you see the difference in my eyes. It’s a competitor, and this competitor is a killer.
“I [saw] some fire in his eyes. I [saw] that he’s just ready. You can tell he’s been here before and he’s ready to go through it, but I just didn’t see the same fire that I’m coming with.
“I’d say Glover would probably be the biggest test of my career to this point, just because the level he’s fought at, the level he’s been fighting at, and just the experience and overall the strength of schedule that he had.”
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