Women’s MMA on tap Saturday night as three fights feature top female fighters
UFC Fight Night 104 airs on FightPass and Fox Sports 1, Saturday night. There are a host of good fights vying for your attention. That said, the women will be front and center with three tremendous potential match ups.
Bec Rawlings vs. Tecia Torres
Bec Rawlings (7-5) is undoubtedly feeling some pressure heading into this fight with Tecia Torres. She’s 2-2 in her last four fights, and a loss here could be a huge setback for her. She competed against Tecia Torres once before, in what is considered an exhibition, during The Ultimate Fighter. Tecia won that fight via unanimous decision. That was a two round fight and this time, they’re of course going three rounds. It’s an important fight for Bec and she should look to utilize her improving standup and reach advantage.
Tecia Torres (7-1) is looking to rebound from her first defeat in her last fight to Rose Namajunas. Tecia is a talented fighter, and proves big things come in small packages. Standing just five foot one inch tall, she is often out-sized and deals with a reach disadvantage. She holds victories over fighters Bec Rawlings (exhibition), Paige VanZant, Rose Namajunas and Angela Hill.
These two are likely to spend quite a bit of time standing. Tecia will likely have a speed advantage and throws fast accurate shots. I would estimate that Bec is the harder hitting of the two. It should be pretty entertaining, as neither girl gives up much space. Both are durable and bring a lot of heart into the Octagon. It should be a compelling fight and one I’m looking forward to.
Jessica Andrade vs. Angela Hill
Jessica Andrade (15-5) has won two consecutive fights and has looked very impressive in doing so. She was able to finish two talented fighters in Jessica Penne and Joanne Calderwood. She has positioned herself to be in the title picture in the Strawweight division. She’s currently ranked #5 in the UFC and a win here could get her either a title fight, or into a title eliminator. At times she can be a little wild on her feet, but she has tremendous takedowns and a really solid submission game.
Angela Hill (6-2) makes her return to the Octagon after a stint in Invicta FC where she won the Strawweight title. She currently holds that belt and is riding a four fight winning streak into this clash. There were a lot of people who believed she was released by the UFC prematurely the first time around. She had lost two in a row to Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas, then was released. Her trip back to the UFC was delayed by a snag with USADA and paperwork. She’s back now and looking to make a splash. A victory over Andrade, paired with her current Invicta FC championship could easily propel her to the top of the division.
This is another fight that on paper, looks really entertaining. Both fighters are athletic and like to push the pace. I think Hill might be more technical striker, but Andrade could have the power edge. If this fight hits the mat, I believe there could be some interesting scrambles. I’d give Andrade the submission edge, considering Hill has been choked on a couple occasions. This is a really big fight for both women and should play out in exciting fashion.
Felice Herrig vs. Alexa Grasso
Alexa Grasso (9-0) brings her perfect record into the co-main event against Herrig. She’s making her second appearance in the UFC, having defeated Heather Jo Clark in her debut. Grasso is another fighter who made her way to the UFC via Invicta FC and she is one of the top prospects in the Strawweight division. Grasso hails from Mexico and in a recent interview, she spoke to how important that heritage is to her. The UFC is always looking for marketable fighters from that region and Grasso could absolutely fit the bill. She packs a punch and will be looking to strike against Herrig.
Felice Herrig (11-6) is a fighter whose talent is greater than her record indicates. Felice, a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter Season 20, gained popularity through that and through marketing herself via social media. She has improving standup and really good submissions. Herrig will be a tough out for Grasso. Felice isn’t thrilled with the idea of playing stepping stone to Grasso and will be looking to continue her winning ways Saturday night. She had a tremendous fight with Paige VanZant at UFC on FOX 15. Though she lost, the performance added to her growing fan base and her first round submission victory over Kaitlin Curran did as well.
This will be a compelling fight for a number of reasons. Grasso comes in as the betting favorite, but I don’t think Herrig is really an underdog here. I think Felice holds her own standing and has a slight advantage on the mat. This will certainly be a stern test for Grasso and if she wins on the big stage, it will move her up the rankings. Possibly into the top six or seven. I expect the two of them to stand initially, but at some point, Felice will take the fight to the mat and she could finish it there. Tune in and find out what happens.