Jamahal Hill sheds light on return timeline, confirms guaranteed title shot upon return: “Not bad”

By Josh Evanoff - November 9, 2023

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill is getting closer to making his return.

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‘Sweet Dreams’ has been out of action since January, when he faced Glover Teixeira. Surprisingly, the short notice bout saw Jamahal Hill claim vacant light-heavyweight gold, winning by unanimous decision. Sadly for the newly crowned champion, he wouldn’t hold the title for long.

While he was eyeing a return against Jiri Prochazka for the summer, he ruptured his Achilles tendon in July. The injury instantly made any sort of an imminent return now a distant dream.  During Jamahal Hill’s time on the sidelines, a new champion will be crowned at UFC 295, as Alex Pereira faces Prochazka.

Comparatively, Jamahal Hill discussed his recovery in a recent interview with MMA Fighting. There, the former champion revealed that he was on track as far as recovery goes. Now eyeing a return in the second quarter of 2024, he’s already confirmed with the UFC that he will return to a title shot.


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“Looking at hopefully six months from the surgery [to get back to training],” Jamahal Hill stated. “Not bad. I plan on making my return in the second quarter of the year. Recovery process has been good. It’s been a lot quicker actually than I thought it would be. I’ve been making good strides. I’ve been walking now for a while. I’m getting back to my normal footwear and things. Just taking it slow. We were taking it slow, but now, it’s a little bit more aggressive. Looking to hopefully hit that six-month mark to be back and looking toward getting booked.” (h/t MMA Fighting)

He continued,  “I was guaranteed when I come back, I will be given the title fight. [I will receive] the same champion purse and pay-per-view points.”

What do you make of these comments? Who do you want to see Jamahal Hill face in his 2024 return?


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