By Dane McGuire
Apparently new UFC light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill wants to erase all doubt he is the best in the division by facing the former champion upon his return from his shoulder injury.
Hill’s victory was a unanimous decision, 50-44 in the UFC 283 main event.
“Whoever. Whoever steps up. Whoever rises to the top of it. Whatever cream rises to the top, that’s what I want to swipe. I’m here for action. I’m here for them fights.”
“That is the fight that I want. There is no fight I want more than that fight,” Hill said.
“I know that’s a big fight, and I know that fight can catapult me into the right type of [financial] figures I want to be in.”
Prochazka, who won the title from the now-retired Glover Teixeira before giving it up due to injury, had a simple message for Hill on Instagram.
“Congratulations,” Prochazka said. “I’m coming. I’m coming!”
Hill did say he is fine waiting until the summer timeline the former champion laid out before stepping back in the cage. However, he wants confirmation of Prochazka’s return by April.
“Outside of Jiri, I don’t think there is [a clear-cut next title contender], just because of how the Magomed and Blachowicz fight ended,” Hill added. “There’s not really anybody to match either one of them up with, so maybe they fight again. That could be a possibility. But Magomed didn’t really help himself with hopping on the microphone and saying the things he said after, which, the UFC don’t control the judges.”
As mentioned, Prochazka gave up the title due to a shoulder injury. The injury was the result of a suplex in his last bout on December 10, as he explained to MMA Fighting December 19.
“Everything was light, nobody did something wrong, but I did a mistake,” Prochazka said. “I let the guy take my back. He did a suplex right on my shoulder. That was that.”
MMA Fighting reports UFC President Dana White has said Prochazka will get another shot once he is healthy.
For Hill, his first opponent now that he is champion doesn’t matter if this bout were to fall through.
“Somebody else is going to have to earn it,” Hill said. “Somebody else is going to have to earn it at this point. I’d love to see [Anthony Smith] fight for a title, whether that’s against me or whatever. I believe he’s been around long enough, he had his shot, he’s grinded and he deserves another shot. And he had an unfortunate injury, but it still happened and things like that, so I believe from the UFC side, they would want more, another victory, another solid victory or something for him. But for me, it’s next man up.”