“Sweet Dreams” has dreams of fighting two of the best light heavyweights in the UFC soon.
Jamahal Hill defeated Thiago Santos last weekend in the 4th round by TKO, the win would boost Hill into the #6 spot for the UFC’s Light Heavyweight rankings. When speaking to the media following his win, this is what Hill would say about the current Light Heavyweight champion “jumping” the rankings to get a title shot.
“We’ve seen it before,” Hill said on The MMA Hour. “That’s how [Jiri] got the belt. He jumped [the line] and got the belt. Go down a weight class, Alex Pereira [fighting Israel Adesanya]. That’s not a jump? Everybody else is getting jumped around. Why not jump ‘Sweet Dreams’ around?”
One enormous difference between Hill and Prochazka is overall experience. Prochazka came to the UFC with a 26-3-1 record and a stint as the Rizin light heavyweight champion. The 29-year-old Prochazka turned pro in 2012. Hill’s professional MMA career began in 2017. He earned a UFC contract with a TKO win on a 2019 Dana White Contender Series card. Hill’s career record stands at 11-1-0-1.
“I feel like I match up with Jiri phenomenally,” Hill said. “I feel like that would be a phenomenal fight, and I feel like I could take that fight. I feel like that would be a great fight. It’s a great showing. I feel like it would be very marketable.”
Hill is not the only one looking for the first shot at Prochazka. The man Prochazka defeated in Glover Teixeira, and the fighter Teixeira took the belt from, Jan Blachowicz, have also publicly stated they want the next title fight.
With no contracts signed for the next fight for UFC light heavyweight gold, Hill is shooting his shot to be next in line.
“S—t, if you want another option out there, I’m going to put myself out there as another option,” Hill said. “I don’t know what’s going on with them. I don’t know what everybody’s health is like, but I’m just going to put it out there and say I’m ready to fight. I’m ready to go. Even if it’s for the title, I’m ready to go.”