It’s a brand-new year which means the first UFC PPV of the year is almost here-UFC 283: Teixeira vs. Hill. This will mark round one for our yearlong competition but before we get into the card and our staff picks, let’s look into last year’s results. This will be our overall UFC PPV event records and our percentages from last year’s events (Draws and No-Contests not included).
- Bruno Dacanay (17-5) 77% correct.
- Jamie Harkin (25-12) 68% correct.
- Cooper Burke (18-10) 64% correct.
- Tom Kowalsky (19-13) 59% correct.
- Austin Marr (29-22) 57% correct.
- Justin Gibbons (16-16) 50% correct.
This brings our team’s overall record to 61% correct, so at least more times than not, we’re correct. This year we plan on having more consistency between our writers/editors and their picks. With all of that out of the way, let’s scratch off last year’s boards and start anew and dive into our official Overtime Heroics UFC 283 Staff Picks.
UFC 283 Main Card
- Light Heavyweight Bout- #9 Paul Craig (16-5-1) vs. #12 Johnny Walker (19-7)
- Women’s Flyweight Bout- #4 Lauren Murphy (16-5) vs. #6 Jessica Andrade (23-9)
- Welterweight Bout- #5 Gilbert Burns (20-5) vs. #12 Neil Magny (27-10)
- Flyweight Title Bout- (C) Deiveson Figueiredo (21-2-1) vs. #1 Brandon Moreno (20-6-2)
- Vacant Light Heavyweight Title Bout- #2 Glover Teixeira (33-8) vs. #7 Jamahal Hill (11-1, 1 NC)
UFC 283 is scheduled for January 21st, 2023, at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
UFC 283 Co-Main Event: Figueiredo vs. Moreno
Cooper Burke: Two of the first three fights were almost too close to call, but it seems Moreno will be able to find the edge due to his formidable boxing and kicking-Moreno crushed Kai Kara-France, a formidable flyweight, with a liver kick. Figueredo has pop in his mitts due to his weight, but it has been proven Moreno can handle it. He has also beaten Figueredo by RNC, so it seems he may have the edge in all facets. Moreno via. DEC
Austin Marr: This will be the first time in UFC history that two competitors will face each other for a record-setting fourth time in the promotion. With that being said, their first bout was a draw over two years ago at UFC 256 in December 2020. Since then, the two split the next two bouts, Moreno winning the second by third-round SUB and Figueiredo winning the third by Unanimous Decision. Moreno has been more active, having defeated Kara-France at UFC 277 by third-round TKO, “Figgy” on the other hand hasn’t fought since their shared third bout at UFC 270 almost a year ago to the date. Their first and third bouts were very close while Moreno has the only finish. Keeping it simple, I’m going with the younger fighter, Moreno (29) compared to Figueiredo (35). Moreno via. SUB, Round 4
Justin Gibbons: Here we go; for the fourth time with Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno – one last time for all the glory. These men have taken years off of each other’s careers with the wars they have given us fight fans. I feel that Moreno will bring a more tactful game plan to the fight, learning from his previous loss to Figueiredo. If Moreno can put on a relenting pace and test that gas tank, all the while keeping Figueiredo guessing if strikes or a takedown is oncoming, I think he can walk away from UFC 283 as world champion, vanquishing his longtime foe. Moreno via. DEC
Tom Kowalsky: Moreno had to change camps after the madness at glory MMA. Figgy is coming off an injury and some time away. In their most recent fight, Moreno looked to have the striking advantage but got knocked down at key moments that secured those rounds for Figgy. While Figueiredo is getting older and had a long layoff and that cut to 25 not getting any easier, I think Moreno will capitalize on that and use training with Sayif Saud to round out the approach and get the win in the first-ever UFC Quadrilogy. Moreno via. DEC
UFC 283 Main Event: Teixeira vs. Hill
Cooper Burke: While it would be incredible for Texeira to regain his title at such an advanced age, it seems insurmountable on the feet given Hill’s speed and power. If Texeira can find a way to get close enough to Hill to drag the fight to the ground, his smothering grappling could turn the fight in his favor. The question remains: can Texeira’s chin stand up to Hill? Hill via. TKO, Round 4
Austin Marr: While Hill presents problems on the feet to Teixeira, similar to Jiri Prochazka. We also saw Teixeira survive absolute bombs from Prochazka in an absolute war, Teixeira falling to SUB in the fifth. It is worrisome with Teixeira now 43 years of age and having his first bout after the war with Prochazka at UFC 275, just seven months ago. Hill does have experience in five-round bouts, (scheduled twice in the UFC, going into the championship rounds once) but it’s not at the level of experience of Teixeira (scheduled nine in the UFC, going into the championship rounds four times). I’m siding with experience and the grappling advantage for Teixeira. Teixeira via. SUB, Round 3
Justin Gibbons: Once again Glover Teixeira gets another young gun standing in his way of capturing UFC gold. It is always amazing to watch these veterans get their time in these big moments as they always seem to defy all odds and shock the world, showing that age is just a number. If Glover can weather the storm of Jamahal Hill, I feel his strength could take this fight to the ground and get a submission. Teixeira via. SUB, Round 1
Tom Kowalsky: Look, Teixeira has made a career about getting hit and getting it to the ground. If this fight gets to the ground, it’s Teixeira’s to lose. We’ve seen tremendous power from Hill, but if Teixeira can survive it- as he survived Jan Blachowicz’s legendary polish power and Prochazka’s samurai striking, I think he can get past Jamahal Hill. Hill was taken down a few times by striker Thiago Santos in his last fight. Daddy Glover by 2nd round finish (SUB or TKO, leaning TKO). Teixeira via. SUB/TKO, Round 2
UFC 283 Main Card Picks
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