The lone women’s bout on Saturday’s UFC 265 main card from Houston features a rematch of American strawweights in Tecia Torres and Angela Hill.
Torres is a -150 favourite on the MMA odds with Hill at +115.
Tecia Torres UFC 265 Odds
The women’s strawweight champion is Rose Namajunas with the 31-year-old Torres ranked No. 10 in the division. “The Tiny Tornado” is 12-5 in her professional career and fights out of South Florida – she has a master’s degree criminology from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
Her professional MMA debut began in 2012 in Invicta FC and she beat Namajunas in July 2013 by unanimous decision. Torres got her first UFC shot in “The Ultimate Fighter 20” finale in December 2014. Her first official bout with the organization came against Hill in June 2015 at UFC 188, which Torres won by unanimous decision. She eventually and got a rematch with Namajunas in April 2016 and lost by unanimous decision.
Torres has followed a four-fight losing streak with back-to-back wins over Brianna Van Buren and Sam Hughes. Torres was supposed to fight Hill instead of Hughes back in December, but Hill tested positive for COVID-19 and pulled out of the fight.
Torres’ average fight time is 13:32 and she lands 4.30 significant strikes per minute with 47 per cent accuracy while absorbing 3.37 significant strikes per minute. Grappling-wise, she averages 0.68 takedowns per 15 minutes with 15 per cent accuracy and has a takedown defence of 56 per cent. Ten of Torres’ wins are by decision and all five losses.
The 5-foot-1 Torres has a 60-inch reach.
Angela Hill UFC 265 Odds
The 36-year-old Hill is 13-9, ranked No. 12 in the division and fights out of San Diego. She is a former World Kickboxing Association champion and former Invicta FC strawweight champion – she had a few UFC fights, including vs. Torres, before going to Invicta FC and left that organization as its champion.
Hill ended a two-fight losing streak in March with a unanimous decision win over Ashley Yoder. That fight was pushed back a few weeks after one of Yoder’s cornermen tested positive COVID-19. Hill was then supposed to fight Amanda Ribas in May, but Ribas was pulled due to COVID protocols. They were to try again in early June, but Ribas still was dealing with COVID symptoms.
Hill’s fights average 13:44 and she lands 5.66 significant strikes per minutes with 50 per cent accuracy and absorbs 4.98. Her takedown average is 0.45 per 15 minutes with 36 per cent accuracy and her takedown defence is 76 per cent.
“I understand the game a lot more,” Hill says of the difference between fighting Torres the first time and now. “I understand grappling a lot more. I’m a full MMA fighter, not just a Muay Thai fighter who has a couple sprawls.”
The 5-foot-3 Hill, who has a reach of 64 inches, has eight wins by decision and five by KO/TKO. Seven of her nine losses are via decision. This one seems likely to go to the judges, with the over 2.5 rounds a heavy -445 favourite and under +305.
UFC 265 Prediction: Torres vs. Hill
Torres by decision