Hill stopped former title challenger Thiago Santos via TKO at 2:31 of the fourth round in the main event of UFC Fight Night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Hill dropped Santos with punches and then finished things with a flurry on the ground. Santos tried to defend on the mat, but Hill landed elbows until referee Herb Dean stopped the fight.
Santos came out looking for takedowns from the beginning, even though he is a decorated striker with 11 UFC knockouts, tied for the fourth most in promotion history. But Hill has a ton of power in his hands, and the strategy was a smart one for Santos, who landed a career-high five takedowns.
The problem for Santos ended up being his gas tank. He had success with takedowns in the third round, but by the fourth, he was visibly tired. Hill took advantage by pressuring him in the fourth and landing big combinations on the feet. Santos threw hard back and landed some, but he eventually wilted to Hill’s pace and boxing.
Hill (11-1, 1 NC) has earned finishes in his past three wins. The Chicago native who fights out of Michigan has just one career loss, to Paul Craig at UFC 263 in June 2021. Hill, 31, is 5-1 (1 NC) in the UFC with four KO/TKOs — tied for the most in the UFC light heavyweight division since 2020.