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Jamahal Hill releases statement on horrific armbar injury at UFC 263

Despite the involvement of an “Arizona Mazzagatti,” Hill’s arm was not broken during an intense armbar submission delivered by Paul Craig.

UFC 263: Craig v Hill Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

UFC 263 was a long event — the longest event in terms of actual fight time in UFC history at a whopping 3 hours 19 minutes and 32 seconds. One fight that did not last long and contribute to that monster tally was Paul Craig vs. Jamahal Hill, which ended in just 119 seconds. The two came in with bad blood and when Craig got Hill down to the canvas into an armbar position, he didn’t hesitate to crank that sucker as hard as he could.

This bent Hill’s arm backward and normally would have ended the fight, but regional ref Al Guinee let things continue. Paul mangled Jamahal’s arm thoroughly to the point where it was flopping around like a dead fish as Craig mercilessly punched Hill in the head repeatedly (watch highlights).

Well, good news regarding Hill’s arm: somehow it wasn’t broken.

“And if you can believe this one, because I can’t f—king believe it,” UFC President, Dana White, reported at the UFC 263 post-fight press conference (watch it). “Jamal Hill’s arm was not broken. It was dislocated. They popped it back in and he has full range of motion and the guy’s okay. That’s nuts.”

As for the referee Guinee, White was not impressed.

“If you don’t know a guy’s arm is broken ... it looked broken,” White said. “When an arm is flopping around like this and going both ways, you should probably stop the fight. Listen, Arizona has been very good to us, I don’t want to shit on Arizona after they’ve been so good to us. But that’s a rough one. The guy’s ... I head he’s a local ref, I heard this guy’s a jiu-jitsu black belt.”

“If you go to a local fight and see him reffing, you know something’s going to happen,” one of the assembled press corps said.

“Oh, he’s the Arizona Mazzagatti?” White replied. “It makes sense then.”

There’s no hard feeling from Hill ... toward Craig or Guinee.

Here’s hoping the Arizona athletic commission rethinks this guy’s participation in future events, especially if he’s built up a reputation as an unsafe ref amongst the local scene.

Not holding our breath, obviously. Commissions never seem to hesitate on circling the wagons around the most inept of refs and judges. But, this was a pretty outrageously bad non-stoppage, so we can hope?

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