UFC 265 features a women’s strawweight bout between ranked number 10 Tecia Torres and ranked number 12 Angela Hill. Both fighters have had some close decision losses throughout their UFC career. However, both of them have bounced back from their losing streak.
This will be a crucial fight for Angela Hill as it might be her last attempt to get close to a title shot. She lost two close decisions to Michelle Waterson and Claudia Gadhela who are inside the top 10 rankings. And if the 36 years old Angela Hill wants to get a title shot before she ends her career she will have to get on an impressive winning streak.
On the other hand, Tecia Torres is on a 2 fight winning streak and would like to climb up the rankings with a win over Angela Hill. So who will come out victorious at UFC 265 in this strawweight contest?
Tecia Torres vs Angela Hill stats
Height/Reach- 5 ft 3 inches/ 64 inches
Striking Accuracy- 50 %
Significant wins in UFC- Ashley Yoder, Hannah Cifers
Height/Reach- 5 ft 1 inches/ 60 inches
Striking Accuracy- 47 %
Significant wins in UFC- Michelle Waterson, Went to a decision against Zhang Weili, Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Tecia Torres vs Angela Hill Prediction
Women’s divisions in UFC have not been exciting to watch lately due to domination from Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes. However, the strawweight division has some great contenders in it for the current champion, Rose Namajunas.
However, apart from Zhang Weili, Carla Esparza, and Joanna, there are no contenders who can claim the number one contender spot. So the race is still one and both Torres and Hill are certainly in it.
This fight is going to be competitive as Tecia Torres and Angela Hill are not far apart on the rankings. Both are coming off a win in their last fight and both like to strike. So we can expect the majority of the fight to take place on the feet.
If we look at the resume of both the fighters, Tecia Torres certainly looks the favorite over Angela Hill. Most of her losses have come against elite strawweight such as Jessica Andrade, Zhang Weili, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and Marina Rodriguez. And the fact that she went to decision with all of them especially Zhang Weili is certainly impressive.
On the other hand, Angela Hill has some close fights in her resume. Her losses against Claudia Gadhela and Michelle Waterson were very close, with the majority of fans thinking Angela Hill won the fight against Claudia Gadhela.
However, Angela Hill does not have a marquee win in her UFC career so far. She has looked better in his last few fights. But will that be enough to beat Tecia Torres?
Tecia Torres has better leg kicks than Angela Hill. However, Hill has good hands and she has a significant reach advantage over Tecia Torres. Hill has shown she can put the pace even in a 5 round fight. But it should also be considered that Tecia Torres has already beaten Angela Hill in his UFC career. Though both of them are much-improved fighters Torres was able to nullify the reach and size advantage of Angela Hill.
Tecia Torres is faster than Angela Hill and she has good combinations. She is going to have no cardio issue either in a 3 round fight. And it’s very likely that in a striking battle she will land more strikes than Angela Hill.