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UFC on ESPN 40 headliner Jamahal Hill proudly calls himself greatest Dana White’s Contender Collection fighter up to now

UFC on ESPN 40 headliner Jamahal Hill proudly calls himself greatest Dana White’s Contender Collection fighter up to now


LAS VEGAS – When Jamahal Hill appears over the fighters who got here off Dana White’s Contender Collection, one identify sits atop the checklist – his personal.

Forward of Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 40 and what might be his second important occasion, Hill (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) voiced his confidence he’s the most effective alumnus from the sequence, which is at the moment within the midst of Season 6.

“I simply put it on the market as a result of I really feel like, to me, it’s true,” Hill advised MMA Junkie and different reporters at Wednesday’s UFC on ESPN 40 media day. “I don’t suppose anyone that’s come of the Contender Collection has beat the extent of competitors repeatedly that I’ve within the style that I’ve, or have the trajectory that I’ve. … I don’t know anyone off Contender Collection who bought (two important occasions).”

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The declare Hill made Wednesday wasn’t the primary time. He lately expressed his self-ranking on Twitter, and entered Sean O’Malley into the dialog. Whereas Hill nonetheless thinks he’s a step above, O’Malley is on his short-list behind him.

“Exterior of myself, the highest three Contender Collection alums I’d say can be Sean O’Malley, Kevin Holland, and Alex Perez,” Hill stated. “… Not a lot in that order, however identical to that.”

What’s your definition of success ?

— Sean O’Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) July 30, 2022

When the DWCS 🐐 is within the constructing the fights must be nice!!! https://t.co/QauSDHSgsM

— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) August 3, 2022

Regardless if he’s the most effective, worst, or most center DWCS alum of all time, Hill has a process in entrance of him Saturday within the type of former UFC gentle heavyweight title challenger Thiago Santos (22-10 MMA, 14-9 UFC).

The spot is large and it’s doable Hill might set himself as much as be within the title dialogue with a victory. Though Santos is 1-4 in his most up-to-date 5, Hill is getting ready for the most effective model of his opponent but.

“I really feel like he’s a harmful man,” Hill stated. “I really feel like he nonetheless possesses that hazard and he’s nonetheless to be revered. Folks all the time speak in regards to the Paul Craig factor (with me). I realized to respect the sport. He’s going to get that respect. Know with that respect comes with quite a lot of f*cking ache and punishment.

“… I don’t give a f*ck, for the easy truth of I’m not going to sit down right here and be like… what do you suppose I’m within the gymnasium coaching like, ‘Oh, he’s not who he was once, so I don’t have to fret.’ No. I prepare for him to be the most effective fighter on this planet. It goes with that respect for the sport. I’ve heard folks say, ‘Oh, he’s not the Thiago he used be, the outdated Thiago.’ Even when he was nonetheless the Thiago Santos that stepped in entrance of Jon Jones, I’d nonetheless whoop his ass. Interval. It’s not going to vary what’s going to occur – in any respect.”

UFC on ESPN 40 takes place Saturday on the UFC Apex. The cardboard airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.

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