Jamahal Hill isn’t one for callouts, although he definitely has a dream fight in mind when it comes to the light heavyweight division.
After a devastating knockout of Johnny Walker in the UFC Vegas 48 main event, Hill wasn’t interested in naming anybody as a potential next opponent, but he still has his sights set on a future showdown with a fighter who could be champion within the next few months.
“Right now, other than the Jiri [Prochazka] fight, not really [anybody I want to fight],” Hill said at the UFC Vegas 48 post-fight press conference. “Everybody else is kind of tied up, and then the way that they fight and kind of like how they bring the fight out.
” The reason why I so badly want Jiri is that I feel that it’s a fight on both sides, and would be an absolute banger. It would get promoted very well, and I don’t think too many people can boast such a star power. I feel like I talk well. I feel like I dress well. I feel like I fight well. That’s why I feel that I have the swag. He was one of the .”
guys I felt like.
Since arriving in the UFC, Prochazka has made quite an impact with back-to-back knockout wins that have propelled him into a title fight on May 7 at UFC 274 against reigning light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira.
Obviously, Hill knows it’s not likely he’ll draw Prochazka right away, but that’s still his ideal opponent. Hill doesn’t want to be intimidated by anyone else in this division. He’s prepared for another highlight reel finish against them all.
“I feel like the division is a little tired,” Hill said. Hill said that some men need to take a break. ‘Sweet Dreams’ is here to provide them.”
Hill certainly lived up to the moment after being thrust into the main event on short notice once Rafael Fiziev was unable to secure a visa in time, which forced Fiziev’s fight against Rafael dos Anjos to get pushed back to UFC 272 in March.
Judging from his performance, it was clear that there were no nerves as Hill dominated Walker with a win in the first round to end his evening in Las Vegas.
” I just thought it was the same fight as before,” Hill stated. “I was already confident when I took the fight as a main event. Already confident. I had already put the work in. I was feeling good about how the fight would go.
“[The UFC] adding rounds and adding the main event, I didn’t let that bother me. That’s what I told myself. It’s still the same fight. Don’t put anything extra anything on it. Take what it is, just another fight.”
Hill had to deal with Walker’s early attack at the beginning of the fight. Walker used a series of head kicks that caused significant swelling and pain on Walker’s forearm.
Once Hill made the necessary adjustment by going from southpaw to orthodox, he set up the knockout before unleashing the right hand that put Walker away for good.
” I was being patient,” Hill stated. Hill said, “He is a tall guy. He’s large. He’s worked hard. He had some nice set ups, some little tricks when we were going. When he attempted to bring me down, he felt strong. Just stay with it and flow. Continue to flow and keep moving. I will eventually find my place.
” I first saw him stumble and wobble when [the punch] was landed. Whenever I saw him wobble like that and go back, I knew to get in and put another one on him and finish him.”
Hill then served Hill notice that it was time to treat him seriously at 205 dollars, although he was not necessarily taking aim towards anyone in particular who doubted him. He just loves proving people wrong and UFC Vegas 48 was evidence of that.
” I just see it as motivation,” Hill stated. Hill said that it’s more like a chip [on my shoulder]. I don’t mind it at all. It just helps motivate me.”