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Invicta FC Strawweight Champions Angela Hill Returns To The UFC

Returning strawweight Angela Hill discusses time away from the UFC, Joanna Jerdrzejczyk, strawweight division and next fight

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Angela Hill had an early stint in the UFC following TUF. She got knocked out of TUF in the preliminary round by Carla Esparza, who later went on to be the first female UFC strawweight champion. She then beat Emily Kagan in the TUF 20 Finale but suffered back-to-back losses to Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas, by decision and submission respectively.

She was released by the UFC and signed with Invicta FC. Hill quickly blazed through the Invicta FC league and won the belt, and defended it all in 2016. On a current 4 fight winning streak, she is making her return to the UFC to face Jessica Andrade at UFC Fight Night 104.

In an interview on The MMA Hour, Hill notes that at the start of her UFC career she was relatively new to MMA and “the hardest part was having eyes on me before I was experienced enough to really deal with that type of pressure and that type of criticism.”

“Most people who are up there now, no one was looking at them when they were having their second pro fight, their third pro fight, and for me literally all of my fights except my first pro fight have been in the public eye”

Being so new to the game, coming into TUF and in the UFC, Hill faced the top tier of women’s strawweights while her fighting career was still brand new. “It’s been a huge test of will,” Hill continued “The first couple of losses were the first losses I had in my career, you know including Muay Thai, so it was definitely a huge test to have that happen on national TV and still just kinda persevere through that.”

The first losses provided a “Huge test of will and a huge test of how badly I wanted to follow this dream.” Initially, rumors had it that Hill would fight Andrade at UFC 207, but as a returning fighter, an issue with USADA and their four month testing period rule didn’t allow for Hill to return to face Andrade. An emotional Hill put out the message about this on her twitter.

Now, though, Hill has a date and an opponent that she’s ready to face and with no hard feelings towards the UFC. Hill was disappointed that she wouldn’t be able to fight Andrade because she felt just by fighting her and beating her, she would be making a huge statement all within 2016, but “when I found out I was still going to fight her, it kind of rectified that and I feel really good about that whole situation.”

Hill, now more experienced having been a defending champion, thinks Andrade is over-rated. She see’s gaps in her games from Andrade’s fights with Jessica Eye, Joanne Calderwood, also saying “I’ve never been a huge fan of JoJo either, I’ve just always thought she’s a bit overrated as well.”

“I thought that it was funny that, just after two wins, people are all on her nutsack”

Seemingly in good spirits now, Angela wanted the fight because people have been discussing Andrade in title contention and beating her would make a dominant statement in her return UFC fight and place her amongst the top tier women strawweights.

On Joanna Jerdrzejczyk, Hill says after she beats Andrade she’s gonna call her out. “I feel like, for me, Joanna’s an easier fight just because she’s not going to go for takedowns, or at least not at first. That’s not going to be her plan A.” Joanna is unbooked at the moment which could provide an opportunity for Hill. She follows this up by saying that everyone she’s fought so far, their plan A is to take her down so fighting Joanna will be a relief for her.

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The path Hill has taken so far has been a tough one, from essentially starting her career on the biggest MMA platform, to getting cut after losing to two top contenders which, at the time, made her admittedly “pissed” and “bitter” but the path she has taken is one she wouldn’t change. Moving to Invicta allowed her to grow and get her feet wet without the same amount of eyes and pressure on her so early in her career.

In Invicta, Hill also added some personality to each of her weigh-ins in different costumes, she joked that she may have something in store but she needs to figure out what she won’t get fined for. Following this, she gets a little deep with the UFC. While in Invicta, her next opponent was rumored to be Alexa Grasso, who conveniently co-headlines the same card, UFC Fight Night 104, against Felice Herrig. When prompted about this by Ariel, Hill responds saying “it’s cute,” while laughing. Hill follows this up noting the difference within the strawweight division, saying that “there’s definitely 2 different weight classes in the strawweight division. There’s the people there to fight and look professional and people there to look cute. Alexa and Felice float between the two. The ones there to look cute get the top billing – I’m referring to Paige VanZant.” VanZant lost to the same people Hill has lost to, for the most part, but has still headlined cards and has never had doubts about her future, “I’m not upset about it, I just know how things work and it’s cool.”

A very compelling interview given by Angela Hill. Welcome back to the UFC and it’s good to have you back.

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UFC 241 Preview & Predictions

A look ahead to UFC 241 which sees the rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic

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The UFC returns this weekend for another stacked pay-per-view card headlined by a Heavyweight Title rematch between Daniel Cormier and former champion Stipe Miocic.

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The Main Event

DC is returning to action to defend his UFC Heavyweight title for the second time after previously defending against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230.

Cormier got the better of Lewis in that fight very early on and ended up securing a second round rear naked choke to make the first defense of his title.

Former Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic makes his return to the Octagon since losing his title to DC back in July last year, marking 13 months since he last fought.

DC knocked out the former champion in thier first ‘Superfight’ encounter. Looking back at the fight it was evidently clear that the need to no longer cut weight was a huge factor for DC heading into the bout.

DC who has never lost at Heavyweight looked sensational, keeping Miocic at bay with jabs before coming in close to setup the eventual knockout blow, which Miocic had no chance of seeing.

Looking ahead to this rematch, on paper things are once again even, Stipe dispite the knockout loss to DC has a granite chin. DC has that olympic wrestling pedigree and at Heavyweight I believe DC can knock almost anyone out.

So what will be the deciding factor in this fight? I believe the time out for Stipe will play a major role in this bout, Stipe hasn’t fought since he lost his title and losing in the fashion that he did must be in the back of his mind.

DC on the other hand has already defended the title once, and were it not for the on again then off again negotiations in getting Brock Lesnar back into the UFC, he probably would have defended the belt again a lot sooner.

With all this being said, I believe DC will be victourious in this rematch, I believe DC wears out Stipe over the first 2 rounds to secure a knockout in the third.

Nate Diaz returns!

In the co-main event is a matchup only dreams are made of! and thankfully them dreams have come true. Nate Diaz finally makes his return to fighting after a long 3 years out.

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We last seen Diaz back at UFC 202 where he lost a very close decision to Conor McGregor. Diaz was originally inked to fight Dustin Poirier in November last year, but after disagreements with the UFC over McGregor fighting Khabib, the fight never happened.

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Thankfully now, however, it appears as though Diaz and the UFC have patched up their differences and finally Diaz returns.

Welcoming back Diaz is the former UFC Lightweight Champion, Anthony Pettis. Pettis’ last outing was a second round knockout over Stephen Thompson, a knockout which will forerver be cermented in his highlight reel alongside the running cage kick.

Pettis also fought Tony Ferguson back in October of last year in a fight that was an absolute brawl whilst it lasted, unfortunately for Pettis his broke his hand during the bout and had to retire at the end of the seconding round.

Pettis is now 2-2 in his last four UFC fights and is looking for a big win over Nate Diaz. Diaz is also 2-2 in his last four, the big factor going into this fight is the time off for Diaz.

3 years out has got to be a huge issue for Diaz, and whilst it’s known that Diaz is always keeping fit all year round running triathalons, the cage rust will likely be an issue.

This fight is a real treat for UFC fans, however I feel that Pettis will get the job done in the third round, I believe Pettis’ recent fighting time will allow him to take over late in the fight and secure a stoppage win.

Rest of the Card

The rest of UFC 241 is also stacked, we see a middleweight encounter between the always dangerous Yoel Romero and the undefeated Paulo Costa.

Yoel hasn’t fought inside the Octagon since a split decision loss to current UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 back in June last year.

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Paulo Costa last fought in July last year knocking out Uriah Hall, coincidently his last fight was on the Miocic vs Cormier undercard.

Looking at this fight, this is Costa’s first true big test, he has never fought anyone with the power that Yoel posses, if he can make it past the second however, I believe he can nap a decision win. A win for Paulo sets him up for title contention, he will likely have to face either Gastelum or the loser of Whittaker/Stylebender first, but a win over either of them will see him as the next 185lb challenger.

Sodiq Yusuff who is 2-0 in the UFC will take on Gabriel Benitez, looking at this fight I can see Sodiq grinding out a decision win.

Ian Heinisch makes his third UFC appearence taking on Derek Brunson. Heinisch is 2-0 in the UFC with wins over Antonio Carlos Junior and Cezar Ferreira, both by way of decision.

Brunson who is 2-2 in his last four UFC fights is returning after beating Elias Theodorou back in May, before that Brunson was knocked out in the first round during his previous two bouts. Ronaldo Souza knocked him out in January last year, followed by Israel Adesanya knocking him out in November last year.

Looking ahead to this fight, I think it’ll be a tough night for Brunson, who really needs a win here to keep his place in the UFC, Brunson is now 4-4 in his last eight UFC appearences.

With all this being said, I feel Henisch will grind out a deicsion win over Brunson.

The full UFC 241 card looks as follows

UFC Fight Pass Prelims

Women’s Flyweight
Sabina Mazo vs Shana Dobson

Bantamweight
Kyung Ho Kang vs Brandon Davis

Women’s Strawweight
Hannah Cifers vs Jodie Esquibel

Prelims – ESPN/BT Sport

Bantamweight
Manny Bermudez vs Casey Kenney

Lightweight
Christos Glagos vs Drakkar Klose

Bantamweight
Raphael Assuncao vs Cory Sandhagen

Lightweight
Devonte Smith vs Khama Worthy

Main Card – PPV / BT Sport

Middleweight
Derek Brunson vs Ian Heinisch

Featherweight
Gabriel Benitez vs Sodiq Yusuff

Middleweight
Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa

Co-Main Event – Welterweight
Anthony Pettis vs Nate Diaz

Main Event – UFC Heavyweight Title Bout
Daniel Cormier (C) vs Stipe Miocic

What do you think of UFC 241? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to check back with MMAThread for all your latest MMA News.

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MMA stars react to Mike Perry’s broken nose

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UFC on ESPN+ 14 took place last night and whilst it was headlined by a title bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Liz Carmouche, it was Mike Perry and Vincente Luque who stole the show!

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Late in the third round of what was an epic encouter between the pair of Welterweights, Mike Perry was caught by a knee which lead to one of the nose breaks we’ve ever witnessed.

Below is how the MMA community reacted to the bloody brawl.

What did you think of the fight? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to check back with MMAThread for all your fight news.

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LIVE! UFC 238 Weigh-In

WATCH! Live weigh-ins for UFC 238 as Henry Cejudo takes on Marlon Moraes for the vacant Bantamweight Title

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Tomorrow night (or Sunday morning if you’re in the UK) the UFC is back!

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UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo is set to face off against Marlon Moraes for the vacant Bantamweight title.

Cejudo was originally supposed to be in a much-rumoured rematch with T.J Dillashaw, after being T.J back in January to successfully defend his 125lb title.

However, things changed in March when T.J vacated his 135lb title after being flagged by USADA for a failed drug test.

In steps Marlon Moraes in what is expected to be a barn burner of a fight, and one in which Cejudo could become the next two-weight champion in the UFC.

In the co-main event UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko makes the first defense of her 125lb title after beating Joanna Jedrzejczyk in December for the then-vacant title.

Plus Tony Ferguson returns after some much-publicised personal issues outside of the cage to take on Donald Cerrone in what is expected to be a fight for the number one contender’s spot.

The winner is expected to face off against the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier which is set to take place at UFC 242 in September.

Watch the Weigh-Ins LIVE below

Full Fight Card:

EARLY PRELIMS (UFC Fight Pass)

Women’s Flyweight (125lb)
Katlyn Chookagain vs Joanne Calderwood

Bantamweight (135lb)
Eddie Wineland vs Grigory Popov

Middleweight (185lb)
Bevon Lewis vs Darren Stewart

Women’s Strawweight (115lb)
Xiaonan Yan vs Angela Hill

PRELIMS (ESPN / BT SPORT 1)

Featherweight (145lb)
Ricardo Lamas vs Calvin Kattar

Women’s Strawweight (115lb)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Alexa Grasso

Bantamweight (135lb)
Aljamain Sterling vs Pedro Munhoz

Women’s Strawweight (115lb)
Tatiana Suarez vs Nina Ansaroff

MAIN CARD (PPV / BT SPORT 1)

Heavyweight (265lb)
Tai Tuivasa vs Blagoy Ivanov

Bantamweight (135lb)
Jimmie Rivera vs Petr Yan

Lightweight (155lb)
Tony Ferguson vs Donald Cerrone

UFC Women’s Flyweight Title (125lb)
Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Eye

UFC Bantamweight Title (135lb)
Henry Cejudo vs Marlon Moraes

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Andy Ruiz Jr. wants $50 million to face Anthony Joshua in the U.K for rematch.

Andy Ruiz Jr. demands $50 million to face Anthony Joshua in U.K rematch

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Andy Ruiz Jr. is on top of the world after defeating Anthony Joshua this past Saturday, and now he’s calling all the shots.

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Currently it is unclear where or when, if at all, a rematch will happen. AJ has stated in the post-fight press conference that he “didn’t has about a rematch clause” because he was so confident he’d beat the Mexican heavyweight.

However, despite Joshua’s comments his promoter Eddie Hearn insists there is a rematch clause and they reckon the fight will take place in November, December.

This is however, all based on whether Matchroom can get a deal with the newly crowned champion. The ball is now of course in Andy Ruiz Jr’s. hands.

In an interview with Fight Hub Ruiz has recently stated that he will take the rematch, but if AJ & Hearn want it in the UK then they are going to have to dig deep in their pockets to make it happen!

“I think they said November, December but right now my team are negotiating. I gotta stay busy, healthy and be ready for the rematch”.

“I would love it to be in Mexico or the United States, but it all depends on what we negotiate. If they want me to go over there (U.K) then they have to give me $50 million dollars”.

Ruiz also stated that he expects Joshua to fight differently but he will once again come out victorious.

“I have the faster hands and I can take a punch” said Ruiz.

So what do you think? Will Anthony Joshua face Ruiz in the U.K or will Mexico get a star studded night of action? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to check back with MMAThread for all the latest MMA & Fighting News.

 

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