The UFC Light Heavyweight division has always been full of exciting contenders. After Jamahal Hill gained a TKO victory over the former title challenger Thiago Santos, it put a statement out to the MMA world, by showing that he is ready for title contention.
But unfortunately for Hill, it looks like there are still critics that aren’t sold on him being a contender in the UFC Light Heavyweight division.
Jamahal Hill took to social media to call out the critics who seemed to have opinions on why he shouldn’t be a contender for over his win over Santos. Although Santos is an elite striker, he wasn’t able to defend himself against Hill’s connections the way he anticipated. Santos had to switch up his strategy and go for a takedown, implementing wrestling when striking didn’t go as planned.
There are many potential fights that could lead Jamahal Hill to contention. Here are three potential exciting fights.
Top Potential Fights for Jamahal Hill
Vs. Jan Blachowicz
This matchup could be perfect to set up both men to claim a number one contender spot when the dust settles between Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka as they go to war once again for the championship at UFC 282. Jan Blachowicz, a former champion, would be a great matchup for Hill, simply because if he can put away a former champ there is no denying he is next in line for a title.
Vs. Magomed Ankalaev
Magomed Ankalaev is a great test for Jamahal Hill. Stylistically, these two match up well and could be a great co-main or even headline a fight night. Ankalaev is also trying to figure out his spot when it comes to being a contender for the title, and with being on a nine-fight win streak, a win for Hill over Ankalaev would be another impressive notch on the record.
Vs. Aleksandar Rakic
If the UFC brass decided to set up Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz which is a possibility, Hill vs. Rakic would be a great matchup. Jamahal Hill could use Rakic’s name to propel him to a spot where there is no denying he is next in line. Rakic, on the other hand, could take the dangerous fight with Hill simply because it would be great to capture a win after the injury he sustained against Jan Blachowicz. If he could get past a surging Jamahal Hill, it could even keep him in the discussion of being a contender for the Light Heavyweight belt.
No matter who Hill goes up against, he is destined to be in the title picture soon with these highlight reel KOs and entertaining fights.
Who would you like to see Jamahal Hill go up against next? Let us know in the comments below.
Featured image credit to Embed from Getty Images