Angela Hill picked up a dominant decision win over Ashley Yoder at UFC Vegas 21.
After being paired up just a few weeks ago only to have their fight pushed back at the 11th hour, Angela Hill and Ashley Yoder finally got their rematch at UFC Vegas 21. The preliminary card bout Saturday night was the last stop on the bottom half of the event, and saw the pair meeting for the second time, after first facing off in 2017.
That night, Hill had walked away with a unanimous decision win. The rematch would potentially show who had developed more as a fighter — but after making the strawweight limit twice in a matter of weeks, both athletes deserved some credit in this one.
Hill started off fast in round one and didn’t allow Yoder any chance to get started. Hill was the more active fighter, trying to get into the clinch while also trying to find her range to land the right hand. Hill struggled to get the takedown but Yoder was on the defense for most of the round and couldn’t get anything going. Hill finally did find the right hand near the end of the round, however. Stunning Yoder with three straight rights, Hill ended the round with a takedown and finished on top.
Hill continued her dominance into round two, continuing to find a home for the right hand and putting Yoder back on the defense and on the backfoot. Yoder struggled to find a home for any sort of effective offense, as Hill utilized great head movement to avoid most of Yoder’s strikes. Hill hurt Yoder near the end of the round with a knee to the body, and a huge flurry. However, while Hill was going for the finish, Yoder was able to latch onto a takedown in order to survive and make her way to round three.
Yoder tried to open with lots of offense to start the third round, throwing a combination and trying to get into the clinch. Hill quickly reversed position in the clinch however and landed a huge flurry of knees that seemed to hurt Yoder. Once again, however, Yoder got an important takedown and wound up in half-guard. Hill eventually got back to her feet, and landed another brutal knee, and would soon end the fight on the feet, securing her victory.
Official Result: Angela Hill def. Ashley Yoder via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)