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.