Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tecia Torres vs Angela Hill added to June 13 UFC show

Yesterday the UFC announced that TUF 20 alums Tecia Torres and Angela Hill will face each other on UFC 188 June 13 at the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. Tecia trains at American Top Team in Florida. Her record is 5-0 and she beat Angela Magana in her UFC debut on the TUF Finale in December. It was a mismatch. My impression of Tecia is she is a very good kickboxer but as we saw in TUF when she lost to Randa Markos, she has no ground game. And all her fights have gone the distance. A lack of finish is always a big red flag for me. Is she an elite fighter? Not yet but she could get there someday. Angela is also a kickboxer. And as we saw in TUF when she lost to Carla Esparza, she also has no ground game. She won over Emily Kagan on the TUF Finale. But that fight only showed that Emily doesn't belong in the UFC. I think she has more power than Tecia but Tecia is quicker and busier. For that reason, some think this will be a mismatch that will favour Tecia and why is she fighting a lower ranked fighter. I think it just shows how tough it is to put decent fights together. Some fighters are more selective than others. There is also the thinking that a standup fight like this can be very entertaining for fans if they actually trade blows as opposed to clinching on the fence. I would prefer to see Tecia challenged by a grappler but maybe her camp doesn't think she is ready for that. Though Tecia will be the heavy favourite, I expect this fight to go the distance and one never knows about the judges decision.

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