Sunday, February 05, 2017

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Jessica Andrade vs Angela Hill

Here's the match video of Jessica Andrade vs Angela Hill from last night's UFC show in Houston. The bottom line is if Jessica wins this fight she gets a shot at Joanna Jedrzejczyk's UFC Strawweight Championship. They tried to set this up a couple of months ago. But Angela needed a USADA exemption because she was returning from Invicta. Normally a fighter needs 40 days of USADA testing before a UFC fight. That rule has now been changed. So did Angela Hill improve in Invicta? Maybe a bit but I also think the competition level of her opponents was low. She may be a fighter who is at a certain level. She beats those who are below her and loses to those who are above her. She's decent especially at kickboxing but she won't upset anyone. And an upset of Jessica would be a very tall order. Jessica was simply relentless in hammering Angela. The only thing she didn't get was a finish. Angela tried to fire back but she just doesn't have the power. And that's what separates Jessica from other fighters and it's why she's getting a title shot. The interesting thing is Joanna and Jessica used to train together and they even had the same manager. That manager Tiago Okamura translated Jessica's post fight interview. So now you know why Joanna made so many changes recently. She knew she would have to face Jessica. I expect that fight to be a war as both fighters have power and strong defense. Jessica also has a good ground game and she favours the guillotine and has won several fights with it. I'm surprised she didn't use it in this fight. Last night Angela was praised for having an iron chin. That's a backhanded way of saying she knows how to take a beating. But at least they got a Fight Of The Night bonus. So it wasn't a total loss for Angela. I just don't see her upsetting any of the top fighters in the division. Enjoy the video!

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