UFC Fight Night: A Merited Step-Up For Angela Hill
By James Lee
The sporting atmosphere is rightfully anticipating the return of Walt Harris on Saturday, who will face veteran Alistair Overeem in a career-defining contest.
However, a special mention must go to Angela Hill, who is quickly establishing herself as a promoter’s dream and has legitimately earned the high-ranking fight she warrants.
The conviction to fight for the UFC and the fans during this unprecedented period cannot be undervalued and it cannot go unstated that all those competing on the card are worthy of the highest recognition internally.
As the large majority of global sport is on hold, the UFC are amongst a few that are showcasing entertainment. Because of that, those willing to compete with uncertainty demand appreciation.
In Angela Hill’s case, her willingness on short notice is certainly being rewarded with a chance to fight former title contender Claudia Gadelha in Jacksonville.
The co-main event spot similarly adds prestige, being her first, especially as circumstances have deemed the event to gather more traction than a typical event. Most importantly though, her Brazilian counterpart has been at the top of the strawweight division since its creation, therefore her name holds value and success for ‘Overkill’ would put her amongst the best in the division.
Although her résumé thus far perhaps details her as undeserving of a shot against one of the division’s best, she deserves the occasion because of her activity of late. She has already fought twice this year and six times in the past 14 months, with many of those on short notice.
A perfect situation does not exist for her and in situations like this, the UFC needs fighters like Angela Hill because she is so willing to fight.
The UFC rewards activity, perhaps even more than octagon success. The sport was founded and maintained by those who fought against anybody at any time. Without the early 2000s of the best fighting the best consistently, the sport may have never survived and that is why Donald Cerrone is considerably revered by the fanbase and will forever hold a place in history because of his sustained activity.
As many would wait for what they would deem the perfect fight, the former Invicta champion fights anybody at any notice. Many would have not taken a short notice fight across the world against Loma Lookboonmee, but Hill did and was victorious.
Although she lost to some of the best 115 lbs fighters in the sport early into her career, her championship form in Invicta managed to secure her return and the resilience she has shown in the sport’s biggest promotion since provides further admiration.
Ultimately, Hill is becoming the strawweight version of Cerrone, which can only profit her in the long run. Even if she cannot find continued success against the division’s best, her recent activity will keep around the UFC for an extended period and massive opportunities will rightfully come as a regularity.