In a devastating blow to the UFC light heavyweight division, Jamahal Hill has relinquished the title after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in training. Hill was scheduled to defend his title against Anthony Smith, but he will now be forced to withdraw from the fight.
“I’m heartbroken to relinquish the title,” Hill said in a statement. “But I have to do what’s best for my health. I’ll be back as soon as I can.”
Hill’s injury is a major setback for the UFC light heavyweight division. Hill was one of the most exciting fighters in the division, and he was expected to challenge for the title for years to come. However, his injury will give other fighters a chance to step up and compete for the title.
The UFC has not yet announced a new title fight for the light heavyweight division. However, there are a few potential contenders who could step in to face Smith. These include former champion Glover Teixeira, Magomed Ankalaev, and Jiri Prochazka.
It remains to be seen who will be the next UFC light heavyweight champion. However, one thing is for sure: Jamahal Hill’s injury is a major blow to the division.
In the meantime, Hill will focus on his recovery. He said he plans to return to the UFC as soon as he is healthy.
“I’m not going to let this injury define me,” Hill said. “I’m going to come back stronger than ever.”
Hill’s injury is a reminder of the dangers of MMA. However, it is also a reminder of the resilience of these athletes. Hill is determined to return to the UFC and reclaim his title. And with his talent and determination, there is no doubt that he will be successful.