Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill 2 set for UFC 265

After some back-and-forth online, Angela Hill and Tecia Torres have put pen to paper for a rematch this summer at UFC 265. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans told MMA Fighting the UFC strawweights will meet at the pay-per-view event, which is expected to take place Aug. 7 at a venue to be announced. MMA DNL first reported the matchup. Former teammates on coach Gilbert Melendez’s squad on The Ultimate Fighter 20, Hill and Torres squared off at UFC 188 in what was Hill’s third fight as an MMA professional. Torres outworked Hill to earn a unanimous decision, improving her record to 6-0. The strawweights went on to become regulars on the UFC’s 115-pound roster. Hill earned a 7-8 record as one of the promotion’s busiest female fighters, while Torres went 6-5. Most recently, Hill outpointed Ashley Yoder in a rematch, and Torres took home a first-round TKO over Sam Hughes after a doctor’s stoppage. Hill was supposed to Torres’ opponent at UFC 256, but a positive COVID-19 test forced her to withdraw. She later accused her one-time opponent of avoiding her, drawing a terse response from Torres online. One of Torres’ rebuttals was that she desired an opponent ranked above her. But with Hill sitting at No. 12, two spots below her in the UFC’s promotional rankings, it appears she’s conceded on that request. UFC 265’s main card features a bantamweight title bout between two-division champ Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena.

Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill 2 set for UFC 265

After some back-and-forth online, Angela Hill and Tecia Torres have put pen to paper for a rematch this summer at UFC 265.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans told MMA Fighting the UFC strawweights will meet at the pay-per-view event, which is expected to take place Aug. 7 at a venue to be announced. MMA DNL first reported the matchup.

Former teammates on coach Gilbert Melendez’s squad on The Ultimate Fighter 20, Hill and Torres squared off at UFC 188 in what was Hill’s third fight as an MMA professional. Torres outworked Hill to earn a unanimous decision, improving her record to 6-0.

The strawweights went on to become regulars on the UFC’s 115-pound roster. Hill earned a 7-8 record as one of the promotion’s busiest female fighters, while Torres went 6-5. Most recently, Hill outpointed Ashley Yoder in a rematch, and Torres took home a first-round TKO over Sam Hughes after a doctor’s stoppage.

Hill was supposed to Torres’ opponent at UFC 256, but a positive COVID-19 test forced her to withdraw. She later accused her one-time opponent of avoiding her, drawing a terse response from Torres online.

One of Torres’ rebuttals was that she desired an opponent ranked above her. But with Hill sitting at No. 12, two spots below her in the UFC’s promotional rankings, it appears she’s conceded on that request.

UFC 265’s main card features a bantamweight title bout between two-division champ Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena.

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Israel Adesanya opens as big betting favorite over Robert Whittaker for potential rematch

Israel Adesanya is already a sizable favorite over Robert Whittaker for their potential UFC rematch. | Esther Lin, MMA FightingIsrael Adesanya is already a heavy favorite for his next UFC title defense. The UFC middleweight champion opened as more than a 2-to-1 betting favorite (-240) to defeat No. 1 contender Robert Whittaker ahead of the pair’s prospective rematch, according odds posted Monday by online bookmaker SportsBetting.ag. Whittaker opened as a +205 underdog. The bout is expected to take place in the second half of 2021, potentially in the Oceania region that both Adesanya and Whittaker call home. Adesanya (21-1) is a perfect 10-0 throughout his UFC middleweight run. He cruised to his third UFC title defense this past Saturday, routing Marvin Vettori in a one-sided decision in UFC 263’s main event and successfully rebounding from the first loss of his MMA career after stumbling to light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259. Adesanya and Whittaker (23-5) previously collided in a title unification bout at UFC 243, which Adesanya won via highlight-reel second-round knockout. Whittaker has since bounced back to pick up a trio of victories over ranked contenders Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum. Adesanya called out Whittaker following his win over Vettori at UFC 263. UFC president Dana White told reporters on Saturday that the rematch may take place in October. In the aftermath of Adesanya’s callout, Whittaker responded simply: “Rest up, see you soon.”

Israel Adesanya opens as big betting favorite over Robert Whittaker for potential rematch
Israel Adesanya is already a sizable favorite over Robert Whittaker for their potential UFC rematch. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Israel Adesanya is already a heavy favorite for his next UFC title defense.

The UFC middleweight champion opened as more than a 2-to-1 betting favorite (-240) to defeat No. 1 contender Robert Whittaker ahead of the pair’s prospective rematch, according odds posted Monday by online bookmaker SportsBetting.ag.

Whittaker opened as a +205 underdog.

The bout is expected to take place in the second half of 2021, potentially in the Oceania region that both Adesanya and Whittaker call home.

Adesanya (21-1) is a perfect 10-0 throughout his UFC middleweight run. He cruised to his third UFC title defense this past Saturday, routing Marvin Vettori in a one-sided decision in UFC 263’s main event and successfully rebounding from the first loss of his MMA career after stumbling to light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259.

Adesanya and Whittaker (23-5) previously collided in a title unification bout at UFC 243, which Adesanya won via highlight-reel second-round knockout. Whittaker has since bounced back to pick up a trio of victories over ranked contenders Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum.

Adesanya called out Whittaker following his win over Vettori at UFC 263. UFC president Dana White told reporters on Saturday that the rematch may take place in October.

In the aftermath of Adesanya’s callout, Whittaker responded simply: “Rest up, see you soon.”

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