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Angela Hill Overcomes Early Adversity, Decisions Lupita Godinez

Angela Hill and Lupi Godinez, UFC San Diego ceremony weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Angela Hill and Lupita Godinez face off Saturday in a 120-pound heavyweight bout as their fight escalates from October to this Saturday’s UFC San Diego.

Godines hyped the fight as she overcame Ariana Canelosi across the board, in which she mixed martial arts as well as anyone in the division. Her wrestling is especially impressive. It has a high pedigree based on the wrestling honors her sisters have won for the Canadian national team, one of which, Karla Godinez, is a two-time NCAA national champion.

For her part, Angela Hill has been one of the most match fighters in the sport. Fans used to call her “Cowgirl” because she likes to take on short fights and fights several times a year. There’s an interesting similarity there, as Loopy Godinez has also had many short notice fights, even setting the record for the shortest time between three fights in UFC history. Even though Hill was on a losing streak in the tournament — all opponents lost to top-ranked opponents — she was still a tough challenge for players looking to break into the top 15, which naturally describes Loopy. .

The fight starts to go against Angie. Loopy’s right hand shook her badly, and the three-to-one favorite looked like she was getting close to the finish line. In true Angela Hill fashion, she fought back from a difficult start to keep the bout close and it looked like she was winning the final two minutes. Loopy inexplicably didn’t shoot a single shot in the first quarter.

In the second round, she maintained that momentum, beating Loopy, forcing her to take a knockout, and using the guillotine to try to sweep and get back on her feet. The pressure from Hill is constant. Although Loopy is better in the blows, she has been at a disadvantage, showing unfavorable visuals. Later in the round, everyone was surprised when Angela tried to knock her opponent down and overwhelm her with her muscles. She locked the bout there with powerful blows and naked choke attempts.

The third round is a war, though it can be. They kept going back and forth. It looks like Loopy has an early advantage and Angie a little later. Both athletes were covered in blood and bruises when the final bell rang, but when the scorecard was read, Angela Hill got a unanimous decision to end her three-game losing streak and defend her in the rankings position in the rankings against a vaunted prospect.

Official result: Angela Hill def. Lupita Godinez unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


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