Jamahal Hill (/əˈmɑːl/; born May 19, 1991) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. As of November 14, 2023, he is #1 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.[4]

Jamahal Hill
BornJamahal Hill
(1991-05-19) May 19, 1991 (age 32)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesSweet Dreams
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach79 in (201 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofGrand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
TeamBlack Lion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (2010–present)[2]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2017–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By decision5
By knockout1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Early life edit

Hill moved to Grand Rapids when he was 12. He graduated from Rogers High School in Wyoming, Michigan. After passing on a basketball career at Davenport University, Hill started competing in professional mixed martial arts in 2017.[5]

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

Starting his career in 2017, Hill started his professional career 5–0, four of the five fights coming under the KnockOut Promotions banner. In just his fourth professional fight Hill defeated future UFC fighter Dequan Townsend despite Townsend having twenty-six pro appearances prior to that bout.[6]

Hill then received the call to appear on Dana White's Contender Series 21 back in 2019, where Hill defeated opponent Alexander Poppeck via second-round ground and pound, earning his UFC contract.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Hill made his UFC debut against Darko Stošić on January 25, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 166.[8] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[9]

Hill faced Klidson Abreu on May 30, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns.[10] He initially won the fight via technical knockout in the first round, but the fight was later overturned on September 3 because Hill tested positive for marijuana.[11] He was suspended six months and fined 15% of his fight purse.[11]

Hill faced Ovince Saint Preux on December 5, 2020, at UFC on ESPN 19.[12] At the weigh-ins, former interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship challenger Ovince Saint Preux weighed in at 207.5 pounds, one and a half pounds over the light heavyweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at a catchweight and Saint Preux was fined 20% of his individual purse, which went to Hill.[13] Hill won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[14]

Hill was scheduled to face Paul Craig on March 20, 2021 UFC on ESPN 21.[15] However on March 10, Hill withdrew from the bout after testing positive for COVID-19.[16] The pairing with Craig remained intact and took place on June 12, 2021, at UFC 263.[17] After having his elbow dislocated early in the fight via an armbar from Craig, Hill lost the fight via technical knockout in the first round.[18]

Hill was scheduled to face Jimmy Crute on October 2, 2021 UFC Fight Night 193.[19] However in early September, the bout was rescheduled two months later at UFC on ESPN: Font vs. Aldo.[20] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[21] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[22]

In his first UFC main event, Hill faced Johnny Walker on February 19, 2022, at UFC Fight Night: Walker vs. Hill.[23] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[24] The win earned Hill his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[25]

Hill faced Thiago Santos on August 6, 2022, at UFC on ESPN 40.[26] He won the fight via technical knockout.[27] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[28]

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion edit

Teixeira vs. Hill edit

Hill was scheduled to face Anthony Smith on March 11, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 221.[29] However, Hill was pulled from the bout after being rebooked to headline UFC 283 for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Glover Teixeira on January 21, 2023.[30][31] He won the bout and title via unanimous decision, and in the process became the first Dana White's Contender Series alumn to win a UFC championship.[32] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[33]

Injury and vacating the title edit

On July 14, 2023, Hill announced via his YouTube page that he had ruptured his Achilles tendon playing a fighter basketball game during UFC International Fight Week, and that he would be relinquishing the UFC Light Heavyweight title.[34]

Pereira vs Hill edit

Hill is scheduled to face Alex Pereira for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in the main event of UFC 300 on April 13, 2024.[35]

Personal life edit

Hill has six children, who range in age from 2 to 14 years old, as of June 2021.[36]

Legal issues edit

On November 28, 2023, Hill was arrested in Kent County, Michigan on a charge of aggravated domestic violence after allegedly assaulting his brother on the night of November 27. He was later released from custody after posting bail. Hill's first court hearing is scheduled for January 2024.[37]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 12 wins 1 loss
By knockout 7 1
By decision 5 0
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–1 (1) Glover Teixeira Decision (unanimous) UFC 283 January 21, 2023 5 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Won the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Night. Later vacated the title due to injury.
Win 11–1 (1) Thiago Santos TKO (punches and elbows) UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Hill August 6, 2022 4 2:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 10–1 (1) Johnny Walker KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Walker vs. Hill February 19, 2022 1 2:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 9–1 (1) Jimmy Crute KO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Font vs. Aldo December 4, 2021 1 0:48 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 8–1 (1) Paul Craig TKO (elbows and punches) UFC 263 June 12, 2021 1 1:59 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 8–0 (1) Ovince Saint Preux TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Hermansson vs. Vettori December 5, 2020 2 3:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (207.5 lb) bout; Saint Preux missed weight.
NC 7–0 (1) Klidson Abreu NC (overturned) UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns May 30, 2020 1 1:51 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Originally a TKO (knee to the body and punches) win for Hill; overturned after he tested positive for marijuana.[44]
Win 7–0 Darko Stošić Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos January 25, 2020 3 5:00 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Win 6–0 Alexander Poppeck TKO (punches and elbows) Dana White's Contender Series 21 July 23, 2019 3 0:22 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 William Vincent TKO (retirement) Lights Out Championship 2 February 16, 2019 1 5:00 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States Catchweight (225 lb) bout.
Win 4–0 Dequan Townsend Decision (unanimous) KnockOut Promotions 62 June 30, 2018 5 5:00 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States Won the KOP Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 3–0 William Vincent Decision (unanimous) KnockOut Promotions 61 April 21, 2018 3 5:00 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Win 2–0 Mike Johnson TKO (punches) KnockOut Promotions 59 December 16, 2017 1 4:45 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 1–0 Alex Davidson Decision (unanimous) KnockOut Promotions 58 September 30, 2017 3 5:00 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States Catchweight (215 lb) bout.


Pay-per-view bouts edit

No. Event Fight Date Venue City PPV Buys
1. UFC 283 Teixeira vs. Hill January 21, 2023 Jeunesse Arena Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Not Disclosed[46]

See also edit

References edit

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by 18th UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
January 21, 2023 – July 14, 2023