What’s next: UFC 283 winners

Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno, UFC 283
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JANUARY 20: (LR) Opponents Daveson Figueiredo of Brazil and Brandon Moreno of Mexico square off during the UFC 283 weigh-in at Jeunesse Arena on January 20, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Last Saturday, the UFC returned to Brazil for the first time since 2019 when light heavyweights Glover Teixeira and Jamahal Hill clashed in the main event of UFC 283 for the vacant title.

The light heavyweight title picture was left in turmoil late last year when Magomed Ankalaev and Jan Blachowicz fought to a tie for the vacant title following the retirement of former champion, Jiri Prochazka.

Let’s take a look at what could be next for the night’s winners.

Jamakhal Hill

“Sweet Dreams” Hill was entering the biggest fight of his 12-fight career with a lot to prove.

Due to the situation surrounding this vacant title fight, many are questioning whether the 31-year-old deserves a title fight and whether he has the skills to do so.

Heading into the fight, the consensus was that Glover would try to put Hill in uncomfortable positions, mostly on the mat. The former champion attempted 17 takedowns but only landed two. The performance Hill put in answered all the previous questions as he showcased a thoroughly well-rounded side to his game. The Contender Series alum became a public enemy in Rio as he beat the brakes on hometown fighter, Glover Teixeira.

By the time Mick Maynard got around to wrapping the belt around Hill, there were unfortunately almost no fans left in the arena.

Of course, Jamahal Hill’s title run comes after former champion Jiri Prohazka left. With that in mind, and considering that Prochazka’s shoulder surgery went extremely well, it makes sense for this fight to follow.

Not only that, but Dana White has made it clear that Jiri will be next in line for whoever becomes the new champion.

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Jamahal Hill’s next fight: Jiri Prochazka

Brandon Moreno

The Mexican became a two-time flyweight champion on Saturday night with an extremely calculated performance over longtime rival Daveson Figueiredo.

With that, Moreno is currently the youngest champion still on the right side of 30, at 29 years old. When you look back at Moreno’s career, you can’t help but feel happy about his success. Although he is only 29 years old, he has been through everything a fighter can go through in his career. From being kicked out of the UFC to being reinstated as champion, not just once, but twice.

What makes his win over the Brazilian all the more impressive is that just weeks before their blockbuster fight, Moreno found himself without a head coach as his relationship with James Krause meant he couldn’t continue with the Glory MMA man .

Another top coach in the game, Saif Saud, sought out the Mexican and offered him help to prepare for this quadrilogy. Moreno’s win under Saud marked the first time Sayif was cornered in a UFC title fight.

Moving on to what could be next for Moreno, it’s already planned. The backup fighter for Saturday’s co-main event was none other than Alexandre Pantoja. This will mark the third time in Moreno’s career that he has to fight someone for a second time, as this will be the third time the pair will share the cage together. The two first met on TUF Season 24, where Pantoja emerged victorious, but it wasn’t billed as a professional bout. They met again in 2018, where Pantoja won by unanimous decision.

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Brandon Moreno’s next fight: Alexandre Pantoja

Gilbert Burns

“Durinho” made easy work of veteran welterweight Neil Magny at UFC 283. The former title contender entered the fight as a significant favorite, with the belief that he could control the fight wherever he went.

That was evident in the opening proceedings and it wasn’t long before Burns found himself on top of the cage celebrating in front of the Brazilian crowd. After putting the fight on the ground, Burns began to threaten submissions, but was unable to lock anything up. It wasn’t long before, however, that he turned into a beautiful arm triangle, securing his fifth UFC win via submission.

Now, however, Burns finds himself in a difficult situation. With a welterweight title bout booked for UFC 286, Burns will need to fight again before he can consider another shot at gold. The first name that comes to mind is “Chaos” Colby Covington, but since he’s missing in action, that kind of rules him out.

Someone else looking for a title elimination fight is Belal Muhammad.

Gilbert Burns’ next fight: Belal Muhammad

Jessica Andrade

The former women’s strawweight champion showed that she is just that. Andrade took a 15-minute beatdown of Lauren Murphy in that flyweight bout, to the point that the main talking point in the fight was how Murphy’s corner should have thrown in the towel.

With Andrade moving between strawweight and flyweight, it’s hard to predict what her next move might be. The Brazilian is currently ranked in both divisions, so a campaign for a title fight in either would not be far-fetched.

With the UFC reportedly booking Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso for UFC 285, it might make more sense for Andrade to fight for a rematch with 115lb champion Zhang Weili. However, that will depend on what the UFC plans to do with Amanda Lemos and Yan Xiaonan, as both recently picked up wins over opponents in the 115lb division.

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Since Andrade previously had a win over Lemos, I would prefer to see her fight for the title with the aforementioned two fighting in an elimination bout for the title.

Jessica Andrade’s next fight: Zhang Weili

Johnnie Walker

Going into this one, even though Johnny Walker is the fighter from Brazil, all eyes were on Paul Craig. The reason is that Craig has wins over both Jamahal Hill and Magomed Ankalaev, meaning that if he could get past Walker, he would automatically catapult himself back into the title picture.

Johnnie Walker, however, had different ideas. Taking just two minutes, Walker made it two in a row, stopping the Scot via ground and pound.

The main event had a backup fighter ready just in case one of the two light heavyweights missed weight. They didn’t miss out, though, and unfortunately the reserve, Anthony Smith, didn’t make the 205-pound mark. With Smith passing up his opportunity to be the next to fight for the title, a fight with Walker could make sense given Walker’s recent form.

Johnnie Walker’s Next Fight: Anthony Smith

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