For Angela Hill, a headliner that made history wasn’t enough to ease the pain of a second consecutive decisive defeat.
After failing to convince two of the three referees in the UFC Vegas 10 main event in front of Michelle Waterson, the straw weight veteran plans to make some serious changes to her style.
“Whenever I have a fight like this where I felt like it was close, or felt like I was robbed, man, a takedown would have made a world of difference, just the way the MMA score is, and I think it’s an important thing that I have to sit down and work on, ”Hill told reporters after Saturday̵
Waterson scored winning scores of 48-47 and 49-46 after five minutes of back and forth action against Hill. In the third round, Waterson’s grapples and ground control were the deciding factors. Hill fought most of the takedown attempts, but they also had the effect of making her more hesitant in her shots, which allowed Waterson to pick up more points on her feet.
Once a pure kickboxer who entered the UFC with only one fight on his resume, Hill’s development as a mixed martial artist was evident to anyone who followed her. But recently, he’s struggled to convert that evolution into scorecard wins.
“It sucks, man,” Hill said tearfully. “I keep ending up in this position where I put my all into getting to the finish line and making the decision, and it just doesn’t go my way.
“I definitely felt like I had done more damage in the fight. I knew I had lost the third round because I couldn’t get up and I felt bad from kicking her in the face, but I was aiming for the chest. And in the fourth, I didn’t. tried hard enough; I was a little too worried about the takedown. And in the fifth, I finally said, ‘F * ck it’ and did everything I should have done in the fourth round. I still haven’t received that fifth round. “
Hill felt the sting of even stronger defeat than her previous bout, a split decision loss to Claudia Gadelha where 13 of the 17 MMA media members gave her the win.
“I feel like this fight is a lot closer than Gadelha’s when it came to strikes landed,” he said. “I thought this fight was closer than the last, but I felt like I did a lot more damage. It sucks that I’m on the losing side again. I have to start taking the whores and hugging them more.”
Immediately after the decision was read, Hill said his first thought was to quit the sport. But UFC president Dana White later convinced her not to make the decision. At the post-event press conference, White baffled both fighters and stated there were no losers.
This trust ensures that Hill will continue to fight for the foreseeable future. The headlining position was also an honor; allowed her to go down in history as the first black woman to be the star of a UFC event. The platform meant that Hill had a chance to talk about a cause near and dear to his heart, Black Lives Matter, in pre-fight interviews.
“I was actually really nervous, because I know how touchy people are,” she said. “I know people who call people snowflakes are a lot of snowflakes and they don’t like it when you say you’re black. I knew I should have stayed away from social media just to keep my mind clear and stay focused on the fight. But I have I felt it was important to do that. I talked to my mom about it and my brother and I made sure the things I was saying were things that needed to be said.
“It was exciting to have all that attention. I’m definitely one of the most looking for things to do when it comes to this sort of thing. It was truly an exciting roller coaster to go through this week of fighting and stay focused on the fight and try to represent. “
Next time, Hill’s main plan is to do what he has to do to win. This means embracing a part of the game that is simply accepted as part of doing business.
Known for short-term fights, Hill has no plans to take his foot off the accelerator when it comes to his career. She is heading to Abu Dhabi for the next round of Fight Island and will be looking for opportunities that will allow her to outrun the pack at 115lbs.
“I’ll stay ready out there, and I don’t think there are any straw-weight fights on those cards, but I’ll check, just in case,” she said.