UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill has decided to vacate his title after suffering a rupture in his Achilles during a recent basketball game with color commentator and former two division champion Daniel Cormier.
Jamahal Hill wants to follow Jiri Prochazka and “keep the division moving forward”
The shocking revelation came from Jamahal Hill directly, who took to his YouTube channel to make the announcement. In the video, “Sweet Dreams” stated that he will have to undergo surgery, followed by rehab which would keep him out of action for quite some time.
Hill also mentioned Jiri Prochazka, the 205-pound champ before him who had also vacated the belt after a worrisome shoulder injury, and respecting his decision, Hill says he wants to do the same to keep the division moving forward.
“I have unfortunately suffered an injury,” Hill said in the video. “I’ve ruptured my Achilles. It’s just one of those things that happens. It’s a tough injury. It’s one that will require surgery and will require time and rehab and things for me to be out for a while. Also, with that, I was given an opportunity. I was given a blessing that came at the misfortune of someone else. Jiri Prochazka was the champion, he suffered an injury as these things happen. He gave up the belt and allowed for others to not hold the division. To keep the division moving forward. To keep entertaining. To make sure the people had a champion. I’ll do the same.”
“Right now, the biggest thing is focusing on my recovery, focusing on getting back to 100 percent. I need to take some time to focus on my health and make sure that I’m 100 percent and I’m the fighter that everybody knows who I am and who I’ve been since I’ve stepped into this. In order to do that, I need to focus on healing and getting ready and rehabbing. If I had my choice, would I like to give up the belt? No, I wouldn’t. But you’ve got to be consistent, and the show must go on. I’m not exempt from that,” he added. [H/T BJPenn.com]
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