A top-15 matchup between Mackenzie Dern and Angela Hill has been confirmed for UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Walker on May 13th at an undisclosed location, per Mike Bohn.
This fight takes place in the Women's Strawweight (115 lbs) division.
Mackenzie Dern holds a professional record of 12-3 (7-3 UFC) and is ranked #7 at Women's Strawweight. She holds notable wins over Tecia Torres, Virna Jandiroba, and Nina Nunes.
Angela Hill is ranked #12 at Women's Strawweight and holds a professional record of 15-12 (10-12 UFC). She has credible wins over Ashley Yoder, Loma Lookboonmee, and Lupita Godinez.
Official odds have yet to be released.
Mackenzie Dern is coming off a close split-decision loss to Yan Xiaonan in their main event bout in October. The fight would see both fighters find success with their strengths, with Dern claiming the most dominant round of the fight using her superior grappling. However, Xiaonan was too technical with her striking and managed to come out with the victory. Before that, Dern won a split decision against Tecia Torres at UFC 273, again showing her grappling prowess. She has excellent Jiu-Jitsu credentials, holding many bronze, silver, and gold medals in multiple Jiu-Jitsu championships, and she will look to use these in her next fight.
Angela Hill is the Woman's Strawweight division veteran, holding the record for most fights in the weight class at 21. She's recently pieced a two-fight win streak together, claiming unanimous decisions over Lupita Godinez and Emily Ducote. Her last bout against Ducote saw a prominent striking discrepancy, out-landing her opponent 182 strikes to 71. Hill has mountains of experience, having fought against some of the division's best fighters like Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade. She'll be looking to use her striking advantage and experience to bring her win streak up to three.
This bout is a must-see matchup at Woman's Strawweight. So who do you have taking it? As a member of the Verdict Community, let us know your prediction in the comments below.