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Undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Championship Bout

Date: Sat, Apr 13
Main Card Time: 11 PM ET
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
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UFC 300: Periera vs. Hill
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Tale of the Tape

(LHW) 205 lbs(LHW – C) Alex Periera(LHW) Jamahal Hill
Age3426
Height6’4″6’4″
Reach79″79″
StanceOrthodoxSwitch
CountryBrazilUSA
UFC Official Record 9-2-012-1-0 (1NC)
KO Rate88%64%
ML Odds*-135+114
Information is accurate as of Apr 4.

Storylines & Moneylines

Alex Periera

Alex Pereira, the reigning UFC Light Heavyweight champion, is gearing up for his first title defense against former champion Jamahal Hill at UFC 300. Pereira, who previously clinched the middleweight title against MW GOAT candidate Israel Adesanya, made history by becoming the ninth UFC fighter to win titles in two different divisions. His remarkable victory over Jiří Procházka to secure the light heavyweight title highlighted his exceptional striking skills and knockout power, crowing the newest Champ Champ. Ask Sean, ask Izi, ask Jiri. Pereira is the truth. One would assume a kickboxing champion comes into the UFC that he’d get rag-dolled in the cage. However, Pereira seems to be adjusting quite well to the ground game, or lack thereof, seeing how he boasts a 70% Takedown defense rate and an average of less than .38 minutes on the ground per 15 minutes in 7 UFC bouts. The UFC roster has allowed this man to feast, and he hasn’t left too many crumbs on his plate.

Jamahal Hill

Hill started his MMA career in 2017, and he quickly showcased his skills, leading to a successful appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2019, where he secured a UFC contract. Hill would go on to win the UFC Light Heavy title in a UD over Glover Teixeira at UFC 283, etching history as the first Dana White’s Contender Series alum to win a UFC title. Unfortunately, Hill vacated the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship due to a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered while playing basketball during UFC International Fight Week of 2023. That being said, in the fight world, one could very much argue Hill is the A-side, and the “Lineal” light heavy champion, if the UFC cared about those. Hill is an exceptional martial artist, particularly in the stand-up game, himself averaging a 73% takedown defense and a masterful 0 average minutes on the ground per 15 minutes throughout his career, with an aggressive 7.31 strikes lander per minute.

Prediction

Both fighters, known for their striking, will likely keep the fight standing, meaning composure, pace, accuracy, and power will most likely decide the bout. Pereira, throughout both his kickboxing and MMA career, has dominated. His tall upright guard keeps his opponents’ eyes high and legs vulnerable. Mix that, ungodly power, and a surprising 70% takedown defense rate, it seems safe to say Pereira has found his niche in MMA. Hill, never having spent time on the ground in his fights and delivering 7.31 strikes per minute, matches up fairly well against Pereira’s stand-up game. He’ll be busy, and in those exchanges is its best bet to find Alex’s chin. However, in the Glover fight, Hall showed moments of fatigue early, which allowed Glover to work. He cannot give Pereira those same opportunities, or it’ll be a short night. This fight is expected to be a tactical stand-up war, with the more efficient striker taking advantage. Pereira has a button that can be pushed and has long shown he can push anyone’s button regardless of whether Hill has tasted a canvas or not. I expect a KO/TKO in Under 3.5, leaning toward Pereira.

Our Pick

Pereira by KO/TKO/DEC (+110)

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Derek DaSilva is a hobby fighter turned betting addict, I mean enthusiast. After a few years of figuring out he can’t compete in the sports he loved, he decided to throw his money at them. He focuses on Boxing, MMA, football, and basketball  (in that order) and his claim to betting fame is losing a 9-team parlay by half a point and a f****** yard… I’ll never forgive you Nick Chubb.

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