Angela Hill once again squeaked by with a victory by a hair’s breadth. On the other hand, luck was on her side when she got back home.
Hill, who lives in San Diego, competed against Loopy Godinez at UFC on ESPN 41 on Saturday and emerged victorious by way of unanimous decision (all three judges scored it 29-28). The preliminary bill for UFC on ESPN 41 featured a contract weight competition at 120 pounds, and that fight served as the main event.
Godinez, who holds a record of 8-3 in MMA and 3-3 in the UFC, started the fight off with a powerful right hand that placed Hill’s record of 14-12 in MMA and 9-12 in the UFC in peril. It was from that point on that the tone for the subsequent 15 minutes was set. The fight went on after Hill was able to avoid Godinez’s attempt at a quick knockout and continue to fight. Hill not only fought back, but she also took the initiative by delivering a barrage of strikes that left Godinez’s face a bloody mess.
“I felt like I need to get hurt the first round every fight,” Hill said afterward during her post-fight octagon interview with Daniel Cormier. “It took my mind out of it, and I got into the flow. Thanks to Loopy for f*cking my brain up for a second.”
When Round 2 began, both ladies remained standing and continued to throw punches at each other, although Hill was having better success connecting with her fists. Godinez may have been disheartened after she landed a deep single leg, but Hill quickly shoved her off the mat and then fled after the incident. Hill then proceeded to hit Godinez in the nose, causing him to bleed throughout the subsequent standoff. At the very end of the round, Hill went for a takedown and a choke to finish things up.
During the third round, both women remained standing and proceeded to throw strikes at each other. Even though Hill accidentally kicked the other player in the head during the game’s last few seconds, his overall performance was still enough to earn the win.
Before this fight, Hill had gone winless in their previous three encounters against one another. In the meantime, Godinez’s winning run was ended at two victories.