Jamahal Hill claimed the UFC light heavyweight title with a five-round pummelling of Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
The 31-year-old American won the vacant title in dominant fashion, leaving his opponent bloodied and earning a lopsided vote 50-44, 50-44, 50-44.
Hill's punching combinations and head kicks were too much for Brazil-born former titleholder Teixeira, with the American claiming victory immediately upon the conclusion of the fifth round, having had 248-108 total strikes and 232-75 significant strikes.
"Anything is possible," Hill said during his post-fight interview. "Hard work, dedication, accountability. Don't let nobody tell you nothing.
"Too many people told me I couldn't do it, that it was impossible. I needed to do it in one round. I couldn't go five. What the f*** you got to say now?"
Teixeira was badly hurt by a second-round head kick, along with a third-round punching combination, leaving him with cuts above his eyes. Teixeira announced his retirement after the fight.
In the flyweight division, which co-headlined UFC 283, Mexican Brandon Moreno defeated Deiveson Figueiredo by TKO in the third round by doctor stoppage after the Brazilian's right eye closed over.
Figueiredo sustained the injury from a Moreno left hook, but the Mexican was ahead at the time on all three judges' scorecards.
The Moreno win came in their fourth meeting over the past 25 months, with Figueiredo declaring his intention after the fight to move up a division.