It’s unfortunate to see a talented fighter get cut from the UFC, especially before they’ve really had a chance to show the world what they can do.
I felt that way when Angela “Overkill” Hill (2-2) confirmed she had been released from the UFC. It didn’t take long for Hill to find a new home as she recently signed a contract with Invicta Fighting Championships.
Hill was one of several strawweights who the UFC signed and brought over to compete in “The Ultimate Fighter 20.” While Hill’s MMA resume wasn’t as extensive as some of the other “TUF 20” contestants – she was 2-0 with wins over Emily Kagan and Stephanie Skinner when she entered the house – she came into the promotion with an extensive Muay Thai background.
Despite getting eliminated by eventual tournament winner Carla Esparza, Hill still had a chance to compete in the octagon. In her UFC debut she dropped a decision to Tecia Torres. In October, Rose Namajunas submitted Hill in the second round of their fight.
Moving to Invicta will be a good fit for Hill, who will no doubt make a splash in the promotion’s 115-pound division and get a chance to mix with up with some top talent. Hill’s striking will be good matches for hard hitters like Mizuki Inoue, Alexa Grasso, Sharon Jacobson and DeAnna Bennett. Invicta’s strawweight division is also made up of proficient grapplers, like current champion Livia Renata Souza, who will be a good test for Hill.
What makes Hill such a dangerous opponent is she comes into Invicta with something to prove to fans and critics. She’s had a taste of the big stage and will no doubt look to make a statement during her Invicta debut There’s also less of a chance she’ll have any jitters when she steps into the Invicta cage for the first time.
Hill’s destiny is still in her own hands and her MMA career is young enough to where she can rack up some wins and maybe fight for the title or return to the UFC. MMA fans know that athletes who get cut from the UFC can make it back to the octagon. The best example of that is current welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.
Hill’s Invicta debut will be scheduled for a later date.