Jamahal Hill has confirmed he will surrender his UFC light heavyweight title following an Achilles tendon rupture. He is now preparing for surgery.
The announcement was made on Hill’s YouTube channel late on Thursday.
Regrettably, Hill revealed his injury, saying, “I’ve ruptured my Achilles’. It’s an unfortunate incident and a severe injury that necessitates surgery. Consequently, I’ll be out for a while due to the required recovery and rehabilitation time. Much like when Jiri Prochazka, the previous champion, suffered an injury and passed the belt on to keep the division active, I’ll do the same.
“At present, my primary concern is recovery and returning to my full strength. I need to concentrate on my health to ensure that I return to the fighter I have always been. To achieve this, I need to focus on healing and preparation for my return.”
Hill will undergo surgery to mend the damage. The expected recovery period for a torn Achilles ranges from eight to twelve months, possibly extending depending on the rehabilitation process.
This unfortunate circumstance leaves Hill, who claimed the 205-pound championship with a resounding win over Glover Teixeira in January, in a tough spot. Hill got his title shot after a majority draw between Magomed Ankalaev and Jan Blachowicz at UFC 282, following a shoulder injury to former champion Jiri Prochazka.
Hill’s injury now leaves the light heavyweight division once more in uncertainty.
Prochazka was supposed to challenge Hill for the light heavyweight title late in 2023, but these plans have now been unavoidably cancelled.
In his video, Hill mentioned the UFC’s support for his decision to relinquish the title and the assurance that a title shot awaits him post-recovery.
“I’m not immune to the fact that the show must go on,” Hill said. “I’ve been assured that I’ll get my title shot immediately after my return.
“It’s part of the journey. Whatever happens, history will be written, and it’s now part of that narrative. I consider it a test, and I will rise to the occasion as a man and as a champion.”
The UFC’s plan for crowning a new light heavyweight champion in the light of Hill’s injury remains unclear, though Prochazka is anticipated to return by the end of the year.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC title, Achilles rupture
What injury did Jamahal Hill suffer?
Jamahal Hill suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Will Jamahal Hill be able to keep his UFC title?
No, Jamahal Hill has decided to relinquish his UFC light heavyweight title due to his injury.
How did Jamahal Hill sustain his Achilles injury?
According to anonymous sources, Hill sustained the injury during a basketball game among several fighters before UFC 290 in Las Vegas.
What is the expected recovery time for a ruptured Achilles tendon?
Typically, the recovery time for a torn Achilles ranges from approximately eight to twelve months, but it could be longer depending on the rehabilitation process.
What were the circumstances that led to Jamahal Hill becoming the 205-pound champion?
Jamahal Hill earned the opportunity to compete for the title after a majority draw between Magomed Ankalaev and Jan Blachowicz at UFC 282. This occurred following a shoulder injury suffered by former champion Jiri Prochazka.
Will there be a new light heavyweight champion in the UFC?
The UFC’s plans for crowning a new light heavyweight champion in light of Hill’s injury are currently unclear. However, Jiri Prochazka is expected to return before the end of the year, potentially impacting the title picture.