The UFC 283 is the first PPV of the year and the first big spectacle in the MMA world. We have two title fights and a few other very interesting ones. Teixeira vs. Hill serves as the headliner, while Figueiredo vs. Moreno 4 is a co-main event.
Teixeira VS Hill
This bout is for the light-heavyweight UFC title. Glover already had that belt in the past, while Hill wants to reach the top and fulfill his dream. Teixeira is an old dog who has been in this organization for more than a decade. His primary weapon is fantastic grappling and work on the mat, combined with his strong chin.
Hill is getting better from fight to fight, and his tremendous improvement helped him reach the battle for the belt. He is on a three-match winning streak and only recently appeared in the division’s elite echelon. There have been plenty of talks that he took someone else’s place, but Dana White picked the Chicago-born to be here. Hill is a strong and lengthy guy, whose punches are devastating. He is tough to reach and extremely powerful in stand-up.
Still, we didn’t see his cardio tested, and his previous rivals were washed-out guys who weren’t among the best in the division. Unlike Hill, Teixeira met with them frequently in recent times, so we believe that despite him being the underdog, the belt will stay in Brazil.
Pick: Teixeira to win 11/10 at BetXchange
Figueiredo VS Moreno
This is the fourth time these guys meet in a title bout. For the moment, the score is one win, a draw, and a loss for both of them. At first, we saw a draw, then Moreno dethroned Figueiredo, before the Brazilian got his belt back. The clash in Brazil will determine the winner of this rivalry. –
The champion is good, and overall, he lost that one because of bad judgment and was better in the remaining two events, not winning the first, which was a draw due to his recklessness.
Moreno is a stubborn fighter but isn’t as consistent as his rival. He is better on the ground, unlike Figueiredo, who operates on his feet. Though in this one, there won’t be too many chances for Moreno to impose his style because Figueiredo already knows him well. Therefore, our choice is Deiveison Figueiredo.
Pick: Figueiredo 10/11 at BetXchange
Gilbert Burns VS Neil Magny
Durinho doesn’t want to wait for another shot at the title too long. He lost to Khamzat in one fantastic battle but didn’t disappoint. Burns wants big fights to bounce back into the title talk, and he got one against Magny. The Haitian Sensation comes after a win against Daniel Rodriguez and has three victories in the past four events.
He is an excellent puncher whose best fight is on his feet. Magny has a fantastic cardo, and 16 of his 27 wins came by a decision. His light frame and slick movement present a problem for the rivals, who almost always experience difficulties with him dictating tempo.
However, Burns is a much stronger guy, with improved cardio than before, and we saw that against Khamzat. We believe in his victory, especially because Durinho has at least 20 thousand hyped Brazilians in the stands.
Pick: Burns wins 1/5 at BetXchange