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Fight Week: UFC Fight Night Dern vs Hill

This Saturday on May 20th, the UFC is headed back to the APEX Center for UFC Vegas 73 for a women’s Strawweight Main event matchup Mackenzie Dern (#8) vs. Angela Hill (#14). For the co-main event we have upcoming Middleweights Edman Shahbazyan vs. Anthony Hernandez. The rest of the Main card will feature women’s Catchweight Emily Ducote vs. Loopy Godinez, Welterweight’s Andre Fialho vs. Joaquin Buckley, Lightweight’s Maheshate vs. Viacheslav Borshchev, and last but not least to kick-off the Main card we have Lightweight’s Diego Ferreira vs. Michael Johnson. There’s also a couple fights that are on the Prelims that you don’t wanna miss out on as well like Welterweight’s Orion Cosce vs. Gilbert Urbina, Heavyweights Ilir Latifi vs. Rodrigo Nascimento, and lastly Lightweights Chase Hooper vs. Nick Fiore. The card will start 4pm EST/1pm PST on ESPN Plus and UFCFIGHTPASS.

Now let's talk about the Main Event, Mackenzie Dern (12-3, former No. 1 IBJJF competitor) is coming into this fight with a majority decision loss against (#3) contender Yan Xiaonan, who just knocked out Jessica Andrade in the first round at UFC 288. Mackenzie made her MMA debut in 2016 for LFC (Legacy Fighting Championships), two years later she made her UFC debut against Ashley Yoder and won by split decision. Since then Mackenzie has beaten top contenders in her division including Tecia Torres, Nina Nunes, Virna Jandiroba, Randa Markos, Hannah Cifers, and Amanda Cooper. Out of fifteen fights that she has had in her professional MMA career, seven of her fights have been won by a submission finish. With the last couple of fights Dern has struggled trying to get the submission locked into her opponent, but hopefully this weekend she can use the grappling against Angela Hill.

Angela Hill (15-12) is coming into this fight with a two-fight winning streak beating Emily Ducote and Loopy Godinez by unanimous decision. Hill made her MMA debut back in 2014 at USFFC against Stephanie Skinner and won with a TKO/KO finish in the second round. Hill made her UFC debut with the appearance in the 20th season of the Ultimate Fighter. Hill’s First opponent she fought against was Emily Kagan to which she won by decision, and in the second fight she fought against the winner of the show Carla Esparza, to whom she lost to by a submission rear naked choke. Since then Hill has been in and out of the UFC fighting for Invicta for a year then getting re-signed by the UFC in 2017. Since her re-sign she has beaten top strawweight contenders like Hannah Cifers, Ariane Carnelossi, Jodie Esquibel, and Maryna Moroz and now is looking for a win against Mackenzie Dern.

Who do you guys have winning the Main Event this weekend?

What fights are you guys excited for the most?

Let me know in the comments below. LETS GO!

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