The UFC is an international organization based out of the United States. Still, it is fair to argue it wouldn’t be the same without the legendary talents from Brazil that have called the octagon home over the years. Jose Aldo, Amanda Nunes, Rafael Dos Anjos, Cris “Cyborg”Justino, and Anderson Silva are just a few. This Saturday at UFC 283 live from Brazil, the promotion returns to the South American nation, and with it, a stacked card with a number of top-tier Brazilian talents and two belts on the line.
Watch UFC 283 Live Stream Pay-Per-View
When: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Early Preliminary Start Time: 6 pm ET / 3 pm PT
Preliminary Start Time: 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT
Main Card Start Time: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
Location: Jeunesse Arena – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
UFC 283 Live Stream: ESPN+ / ESPN+ PPV
Every contest on the card will feature a Brazilian fighter, with 17 of the 30 athletes hailing from the country. On the main card, No.12 light heavyweight Johnny Walker and No.6 women’s flyweight Jessica Andrade look to continue their climbs in their respective divisions. In the featured bout of the night, No.5 Gilbert Burns is a favorite to fend off No.12 Magny’s top-five challenge at 170 pounds.
Serving as the co-main event is flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo as he faces top contender Brandon Moreno for a wild fourth time. The night will be capped off by No.2 light heavyweight Glover Teixeira as he looks to reclaim the now-vacant title against No.7 Jamahal Hill.
It isn’t the fight that neither athlete expected, yet you likely wouldn’t find Glover Teixeira or Jamahal Hill complaining about that either. Nearing the end of 2022, Teixeira (33-8-0) was slated for a rematch against Jiri Prochaska for the division belt at UFC 282. Due to a nasty shoulder injury, Prochaska had to drop from the card, additionally electing to vacate the “champion” ranking. Teixeira didn’t want to possibly waste his title shot and take a new opponent on short notice, so the 282 co-headliner between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev became a championship fight.
More controversy followed that contest after the judges scored it a split decision, though the general feeling was that Ankalaev won, or as Blachowicz put it, “I don’t know if I lost, but I didn’t win.” That all goes to set Teixeira up for a shot at the title he lost to Prochaska last summer, and he’ll have help from his home crowd in Brazil. The oldest champion in UFC history (42), he hopes to top his own mark. Not having to face Prochaska again feels like a “win” for Teixeira from an outsider’s perspective. Still, he entered fight week as a -135 underdog.
Hill (11-1-0) is jumping the contention line, but that’s no problem as he’s willing to take on Teixeira with just a month of preparation. It isn’t like Hill isn’t ready, however. He was originally slated to face Anthony Smith coming up in March, so he was set to prepare for a fight anyway. “Sweet Dreams” surely isn’t being slept on by Teixeira, and that’s for good reason. Carrying a 6-1 record in the UFC, Hill has collected five early wins and has knocked out his last three opponents. How he handles Teixeira’s wrestling will be a true test of his caliber for the belt.