UFC Vegas 26 Preview: Angela Hill – Amanda Ribas

Kicking off the main card tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 26 is a pivotal matchup in the strawweight division. Fringe top ten contenders will go head-to-head as 11th ranked Amanda Ribas (10-2) takes on 12th ranked Angela Hill (13-9).

Ribas will be looking to bounce back after her first UFC loss in her last time out. Amanda Ribas looked like she was on the fast track to stardom. She had the personality, the look, and the skill to be someone the UFC could really market.

Ribas started out 4-0 inside the octagon win wins over the likes of Mackenzie Dern and Paige VanZant. At UFC 257, the promotion put her against Marina Rodriguez. In the first round, Ribas had success when taking the fight to the ground.

However, in the second round she was knocked out by the striking of Rodriguez. It was a really tough loss for Ribas and the road isn’t going to be easy getting back. Especially with a challenge like Angela Hill in front of her.

Back in June of 2019, Angela Hill lost a unanimous decision to Yan Xiaonan. Since that fight, she has looked completely different. Hill went on a three-fight win streak before losing two tough split decisions to Claudia Gadelha and Michelle Waterson.

A lot of people believe she won both of those fights. Those decisions go her way and Hill could be challenging for the UFC title. She bounced back in March with a dominant win over Ashley Yoder.

UFC Vegas 26 Prediction

To me, this UFC Vegas 26 strawweight contest is going to come down to distance. Amanda Ribas has to keep this fight in close and she needs to use her grappling. I believe in the clinch and on the ground she’s going to have a big advantage.

While Angela Hill has made some improvements, we’ve seen her get submitted before. Ribas definitely has the ground skills to get this done on the mat. On the feet however, I think Hill is going to have the striking advantage.

We’ve seen over her last couple of UFC matchups how good Hill can be from range. If she can keep Ribas off of her, she’s going to find some success from range. If she can, she’s going to win a decision tomorrow night.

Now, what do I think is going to happen? Well, I’m not off the Ribas hype train just yet. I think this fight is going to be incredibly competitive, but I like the grappling of Ribas here. I think she can avoid serious danger on the feet and she’ll get enough control to win a decision here.

Prediction: Amanda Ribas by Unanimous Decision

UFC books Amanda Ribas – Angela Hill

The UFC is in the process of finalizing a fun matchup at strawweight. MMA Fighting was the first to report today that the promotion was in the final stages of booking a matchup between Amanda Ribas (10-2) and Angela Hill (13-9).

The matchup would take place at a UFC Fight Night on May 8th. For Amanda Ribas, May 8th will be a chance to bounce back. Ribas was riding a hype train heading into her last contest back in January at UFC 257.

The Brazilian strawweight was looking to pick up her sixth straight victory when she took on Marina Rodriguez. Rodriguez is known for her dangerous standup so the game plan for Ribas was to get the fight to the ground.

In the first round, Ribas did a great job of that. Ribas got the fight to the ground and really dominated the first round. However, in the second round, she stood up just a bit too long.

Rodriguez rocked her badly on the feet and was able to get the stoppage. Ribas is still ranked in the UFC‘s top ten coming in at tenth, but another loss in May would be a big hit to the hype that was building around her.

Big UFC spot for Angela Hill

It’s crazy to think about where Angela Hill could potentially be if she had a couple of split decisions go her way. Back in 2019 at UFC 238, Hill lost a decision to Yan Xiaonan. However, she really turned the corner after that fight.

Hill won three straight fights and that earned her a shot at former UFC title challenger, Claudia Gadelha. While many people believe that Hill won the fight, two of the judges gave the fight to Gadelha.

After that fight, Hill got a shot against Michelle Waterson. After the original main event fell through, the UFC promoted this strawweight contest to the main event. These two ladies put on an absolute clinic that night.

The fight was against razor close and two of the judges sided against Hill. Had Hill won both of those decisions, she could’ve been poised to see a title eliminator. Instead, she had to take a step back and took on Ashley Yoder a few weeks ago.

Hill completely dominated the fight and now she’s back on track. She will head into the May 8th Fight Night as the 12th ranked strawweight in the UFC. Whoever wins this fight could be looking at a really big spot in their next time out.

What’s next for Angela Hill after UFC Vegas 21?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 21, Angela Hill (13-9) returned to the octagon. She took on Ashley Yoder (8-7) in a rematch from their first fight a few years ago that Hill won. Originally, these two were supposed to fight a couple of weeks ago.

However, the day of the fight, Yoder had to pull out due to a positive COVID test in her camp. The UFC rescheduled the bout and the two ladies went to war on Saturday night. Hill was the big betting favorite and it was easy to see why as the fight played out.

Ashley Yoder is very tough and wouldn’t go away, but Saturday belonged to Angela Hill. Hill’s striking was incredibly crisp and her speed gave Yoder problems all night. I was extremely impressed with the body work by Angela Hill

Hill did a fantastic job of mixing up her punches and kicks to the body. At one point in the third round, she unleashed a barrage of six or seven hard knees to the body of Ashley Yoder. Yoder wouldn’t go away, but she had no answer. All three judges gave every round to Hill at UFC Vegas 21.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 21?

This win had to feel great for Angela Hill. Hill looked like she was marching towards the UFC’s top five of strawweight early on in 2020. However, she suffered two razor close split decision losses to Claudia Gadelha and Michelle Waterson.

Now that Hill is back in the win column, I believe it’s time for her to get someone inside the top ten. Hill was supposed to fight Tecia Torres (12-5) in a rematch back in December and that’s still a fight I like.

There is some bad blood there and it makes sense from a rankings perspective. However, if the UFC wants to go in a different route, I like Hill against Marina Rodriguez (13-1-2). This would be a very fun matchup and a win would get Hill close to the top five. Either option would be a good choice for Angela Hill’s next fight.

UFC Vegas 21 Preview: Angela Hill – Ashley Yoder

Tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 21 we will get to see a rematch in the women’s strawweight division. Top contender, Angela Hill (12-9) will try to make it two for two as she battles “The Spider Monkey” Ashley Yoder (8-6) for the second time.

Ashley Yoder has had a very up and down career so far in the UFC. The promotion signed her back in 2016 after she started her career at 5-1. However, she would go on to lose her first three fights in the octagon.

With her back against the cage, Yoder rattled off two consecutive wins before dropping two straight. In November, she snapped her latest losing streak with a win over Miranda Granger. This is a massive fight for Yoder who can secure her spot if she’s able to win tomorrow night.

That said, it’s not going to be easy. In June of 2019, Angela Hill lost a decision to Yan Xiaonan. After that fight, Hill really turned the corner in her UFC career. She won three straight fights, two by stoppage before taking on former title challenger, Claudia Gadelha.

Hill lost an extremely close split decision to Gadelha. Then, the UFC gave her a main event slot against Michelle Waterson and the two put on an absolute show. Again, Hill lost a razor close split decision. Had those decisions gone her way, Hill would be in the conversation for a shot at the UFC title.

UFC Vegas 21 Prediction

Originally, these two were supposed to fight a couple of weeks ago. However, Yoder had someone test positive for COVID in her camp and the rematch had to be moved back a couple of weeks to UFC Vegas 21.

Yoder is the massive betting underdog heading into tomorrow. For Ashley Yoder to win, she has to use her wrestling and try to make this fight dirty. She needs to try and force Hill against the cage and control her with her grappling.

We’ve seen Hill struggle with fighters who have a big strength advantage. However, I’m not sure Yoder has the strength and skill to keep Hill down or against the fence. At range, this fight is all Angela Hill.

While Ashley Yoder doesn’t have bad standup, I strongly favor Hill in the striking. You could make the argument that she’s one of the better strikers in the division. At the end of the day, Yoder is going to put up a tough fight, but Angela Hill is getting her hand raised at UFC Vegas 21.

UFC Vegas 20 loses Angela Hill – Ashley Yoder

UFC Vegas 20 has lost one of it’s main card matchups. MMA Junkie was the first outlet to report that the anticipated strawweight matchup between Angela Hill (12-9) and Ashley Yoder (8-6) has been called off.

The officially reasoning is due to a COVID test. The UFC is no stranger to fights falling through due to COVID and neither is Angela Hill. This is her second matchup that has been scrapped during fight week due to COVID.

The matchup between Angela Hill and Ashley Yoder was a rematch from 2017. That night, Angela Hill won by unanimous decision. Hill was looking like a top contender in the strawweight division in early 2020.

“Overkill” had cracked the UFC rankings and she was taking on former title challenger, Claudia Gadelha. While the fight was razor close, the judges gave a split decision to Gadelha. A frustrated Hill was anxious to get back into the cage and she did in a five round main event against Michelle Waterson.

Unfortunately for Hill, the same thing happened. The fight was razor close and a split decision went to Waterson. Since these losses were both to top competition, Hill is still a fixture in the UFC rankings coming in at 12th.

What’s the UFC’s plan?

The UFC has decided to keep this fight together. The matchup is now being pushed back two weeks to the Fight Night that is currently scheduled for March 13th. That’s when Ashley Yoder will have her chance at redemption.

It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Ashley Yoder inside the UFC. She entered the octagon at 5-1 and she looked like she could be a top contender. However, Yoder has just gone 3-5 in her eight fights inside the octagon.

If Yoder is able to defeat Hill in a couple of weeks, it will be massive for her moving forward. She needs a signature win and Angela Hill would be just that. However, if she loses, she might be on the chopping block after going 3-6 in the UFC.

After her knockout loss at UFC 257, what’s next for Amanda Ribas?

Going into UFC 257, Amanda Ribas (10-2) was riding a ton of momentum. She was unbeaten with the promotion and her infectious personality allowed her to be easily marketable for the UFC.

If she was able to win on Saturday, she was expected to receive a huge push from the promotion. However, Marina Rodriguez (13-1-2) had different plans for UFC 257. Rodriguez is known as one of the best and most powerful strikers in the strawweight division.

For Ribas to win on Saturday, she needed to lean on her grappling skills. In the first round of their fight, that’s what she did. Ribas was able to land a takedown and she controlled Rodriguez for the majority of the round.

However, in the second round, there was no urgency to get the takedown. Instead, Ribas seemed comfortable and was willing to trade with Rodriguez. This proved to be a major mistake.

Within the first minute, Rodriguez landed a huge right hand as Ribas was coming in. Ribas crashed to the floor and at the 54 second mark of the first round, Rodriguez derailed the UFC hype train of Amanda Ribas.

What’s next after UFC 257?

This was a bad loss for Ribas at UFC 257, but it wasn’t something that will completely derail her career. She had entered Saturday night 4-0 in the UFC, however, Rodriguez was going to be her first really dangerous opponent.

Yes, she had a win over Mackenzie Dern, however, that was after a lengthy layoff for Dern. We also know that Dern isn’t a striker like Marina Rodriguez. While it is a setback, Ribas is fully capable of bouncing back from this loss.

So what comes next after her UFC 257 loss? In looking at the strawweight division, I think there are a few options for Ribas. One option would be Angela Hill (12-9) who is currently ranked 12th in the division.

Hill was the victim of two razor close split decision losses in 2020. Had those gone her way, she would’ve been riding a five-fight winning streak and she would have been a contender for the UFC title in 2021.

Another option for Ribas would be Tecia Torres (12-5). Torres has won two fights in a row after losing four straight. This has her ranked ninth in the division just one spot ahead of where Ribas is.

The last option I have is a matchup against thirteenth ranked Virna Jandiroba (16-2). Any of those three would make great opponents for Ribas and they are all inside the top 13. Get a win over one of those and they hype train gets moving again.

UFC: Angela Hill – Tecia Torres fight is off

COVID-19 has struck once again in the world of MMA. This time it’s a UFC 256 women’s strawweight contest that is the victim. Angela Hill (12-9) took to her Instagram account to announce that her fight with Tecia Torres (11-5) is off.

She posted that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and was not able to fight at UFC 256. This fight was flying under the radar, but was considered to be one of the more anticipated matchups on the prelims next weekend.

Since her loss to Yan Xiaonan back in June of 2019, Angela Hill has shown so much improvement. She won three straight fights in the UFC after that loss before she fought Claudia Gadelha back in May.

That night, the two strawweights fought to a split decision and the judges gave the fight to Gadelha. I personally thought Hill won the fight, but the judges are all that matter and it didn’t go her way.

After that, Hill took on Michelle Waterson back in September. It was an absolute war and in the end, two of the judges gave the fight to Waterson. While I think the judges got that one right, it was a tough one for Hill. Two straight razor close split decision losses in the UFC.

UFC’s Plans

At this point, the UFC is undecided on if they will rebook this matchup. If they do, it’ll be at least a month before Hill and Torres will be able to fight because of the UFC‘s schedule.

Hill wouldn’t be permitted to compete at UFC Vegas 17 which means she won’t be able to fight until January 16th at the earliest. The UFC could look to replace Hill and have Torres fight someone else, however, there’s no word on that yet.

This was a rematch from Hill’s third professional fight. She lost to the Tiny Tornado and was hoping to get this one back. Torres snapped a four-fight losing streak in her last fight and was hoping to string together her second straight UFC victory.

UFC books Angela Hill – Tecia Torres rematch (Reports)

UFC 256 is getting a really solid strawweight contest added to it’s card. According to multiple reports, Angela Hill (12-9) is going to be taking on Tecia Torres (11-5) in a rematch. The two strawweights first fought back at UFC 188.

2020 was shaping up to be a big time year for Angela Hill, however, it’s taken a turn. After defeating Ariane Carnelossi back in September of 2019, Hill opened 2020 with back-to-back UFC wins in the first two months of the year. She rode that momentum into a shot at former title challenger Claudia Gadelha.

It was a very close fight that many believed Hill should have won. However, two of the three judges gave the fight to Gadelha at UFC on ESPN 8. Hill then turned around and got a last minute main event slot against the Karate Hottie, Michelle Waterson.

In a fight that would turn out to be a classic, Hill was once again defeated by split decision. I had the fight scored for Waterson, but many believed that Hill should have won. Had Hill been given those two decisions, she could have been in UFC title contention.

Tecia Torres was able to snap her four fight losing streak back in June. Torres took on and defeated Brianna Van Buren by unanimous decision. A fifth straight loss could have spelled the end of Torres’ current run in the UFC.

UFC Redemption

These two ladies rank 11th and 12th in the UFC‘s strawweight rankings. A loss for either would really hurt their chances moving forward while a victory would get them moving back in the right direction. A lot is on the line at UFC 256.

For Angela Hill, this is a golden opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. She can right the wrong of the last couple of decisions, and she can get back her first loss to Torres. Torres won their first fight by unanimous decision.

This is a very solid strawweight contest that has been added to a very good card at UFC 256. The card is being headlined by the greatest female fighter of all time in Amanda Nunes, however, these two ladies should put on a show in their fight.

Angela Hill after UFC Vegas 10 loss: “I thought I did more damage”

For the second time in the last few months, Angela Hill (12-9) found herself on the wrong end of a split decision. This latest decision came at UFC Vegas 10 when Hill was edged out by Michelle Waterson (18-8). The fight was very close, but it was Waterson who saw her hand raised.

Back at UFC on ESPN 8 back in May, Hill took on former title challenger Claudia Gadelha (18-4). While Hill struggled out of the gate, I think most people believe she took the fight over and deserved that decision. Instead, Gadelha had her hand raised.

Hill’s UFC Future

A disappointed Hill took to the mic after UFC Vegas 10 to voice her disappointment. On the loss, Hill said, “It sucks. definitely thought I did more damage in the fight.” Hill acknowledged that the fight was close, but she thought she did enough. I personally had her wining 48-47.

I agree with Hill in that this fight with Waterson at UFC Vegas 10 was closer than the Gadelha fight. That was a pretty clear win for Hill in my opinion. Last night, I was extremely impressed with Hill early on. Her hands and boxing combinations looked incredible crisp.

I know that it’s tough for a UFC fighter to lose back-to-back fights in this fashion, but I hope Hill comes away proud of those two performances. If just one judge saw the last two fights differently, Hill would be on a five fight winning streak.

Hill vowed to stay ready whenever the UFC has a fight for her. Despite two straight decision losses, I really don’t think that Hill’s stock took a hit. I know she’s not in the top ten according to the rankings, but I firmly believe Angela Hill is one of the top ten strawweights in the world.

UFC Vegas 10 Recap: Michelle Waterson edges Angela Hill in an instant classic

Tonight, the UFC hosted it’s tenth fight night from their APEX facility. It was a night full of fantastic matchups. In the main event of the evening, there was a highly anticipated matchup between strawweights Michelle Waterson (17-8) and Angela Hill (12-8)

The two top 15 UFC strawweights were looking to take the next step towards title contention tonight. Both were coming off of losses in their last UFC contest, but a win for either, would be a big step in the right direction.

Waterson and Hill deliver in an instant classic

Both of these ladies came to fight tonight. The two top UFC strawweight contenders both had big moments in the fight. I was blown away early on by Angela Hill’s hands early on in the fight. In the first round, her hands looked extremely crisp.

Waterson then came back in the second round with some solid adjustments. Hill was still landing big shots, but Waterson shifted to using more of her hands which found her some success. Both ladies were putting on an incredible pace while throwing big shots at the other in the first two rounds.

In the third round, Hill really started letting her hands go. She bloodied Waterson’s nose, but the Karate Hottie landed a big takedown that changed the course of the round. Waterson dominated the third round with her superior grappling.

In the fourth round, Waterson really tried to get the fight back to the ground. However, Hill did a fantastic job of defending. Both ladies had some really good moments on the feet in the fourth round. I had the fight even going into the final round.

The final round featured these top UFC strawweights not giving an inch. Both ladies were throwing everything that they had trying to put a stamp on the victory. The final round was razor close, but I did lean towards Hill with her work in the final minute.

The judges ended up scoring the fight for Michelle Waterson (49-46, 48-47, 47-48). Hill has now lost two straight razor close split decisions that could have gone her way. A massive win for Michelle Waterson who snaps her two fight losing streak.

UFC Vegas 10 Results

UFC Vegas 10 delivered a very solid night of fights. One of the standouts was Bobby Green (27-10-1), who won his third fight in the last three months. Green defeated Alan Patrick by unanimous decision. Last year, Green seemed content with walking away from the sport, and now he’s on a massive career resurgence in 2020.

Andrea Lee (11-5) and Roxanne Modafferi (25-17) had an extremely entertaining fight. The two top ten UFC flyweight contenders went back and forth over three rounds. In the end, Modafferi was able to secure a unanimous decision. The third straight close loss for Lee.

In the co-main event of the evening, Ottman Azaitar (13-0) blew me away. The bulldozer came in undefeated, but he was an underdog to Khama Worthy (16-7) who had won seven straight fights. Azaitar ran through Worthy knocking him out in the first round.