Glover Teixeira may be one of the most respected and experienced fighters in the UFC but come Sunday he’s “just more meat for the lion” that is American Jamahal Hill.

For two months the UFC light heavyweight belt has remained vacant but at UFC 283 one of Teixeira (33-8) or Hill (11-1) will, hopefully, change that.

After Jiri Prochazka vacated the belt due to a right shoulder injury it went up for grabs at UFC 282 in December only to remain unclaimed, following a disappointing split-decision draw between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev.

That didn’t suit the UFC and so the call for Hill to fight former light heavyweight champion Teixeira came swiftly.

He was sitting on the couch watching the fallout of the split-decision unfold when the call from his manager came.

Six weeks to be prepped for a title fight against a former champion of the division. No problem.

“I’m just happy to get after it sooner,” Hill said.

“I’ve had to work harder, because I thought I had more time … then bam, six weeks to prepare for a title fight, so now I just have to get after it.

“Compared to what I’ve dealt with my entire career (I don’t mind). I’m ready to go.”

The 31-year-old was due to fight Anthony Smith in March — instead he’s in Teixeira’s backyard of Rio de Janeiro readying to prove to the world that ‘Sweet Dreams’ really is the best in the division, just seven fights into his UFC career.

“When I win that belt it means I was right, it means I’m the best in the world,” Hill told News Corp.

“I’ve felt like I’ve been that for a long time and I’ve set out to prove that and (Sunday’s fight) is about proving myself right.”

Fighters are used to taking their talents around the world but Hill had never left the US before landing in Rio this week.

His opponent, a 43-year-old veteran of the UFC and former light heavyweight champion as recently as June last year, boasts a 12-1 winning record in Brazil.

But Hill has gone from strength to strength since his TKO defeat to Paul Craig at UFC 263, winning his past three fights — two by KO — to earn his place in the ring opposite Teixeira.

But his respect for the Brazilian only extends so far.

“He’s a legend, a real legend. He’s one of the best in the world and one of the best to ever do it and I’ve got nothing but respect and admiration for him,” Hill said of his opponent.

“But man, when we rock into that cage all of that means nothing because to me, he’s just more meat for the lion.”

The UFC283 Main Card begins Sunday, 2pm AEDT.

Originally published as UFC 283: All the latest news for the Glover Teixeira v Jamahal Hill light heavyweight belt bout

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