UFC’s Mackenzie Dunne overcomes divorce shock…wins decision over Hill, calls out former champion

“Jiu-Jitsu Empress” Mackenzie Dunne (30, U.S.A./Brazil) used her striking prowess to dominate Angela Hill (38, U.S.A.).

Dunne, ranked No. 8 in the UFC women’s strawweight division, earned a unanimous decision victory (49-43, 49-44, 49-44) over 14th-ranked Hill in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Dunne vs. Hill at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 21.

As expected, Dunne came out aggressive. He pushed forward throughout the entirety of the fight, one-sidedly battering Hill. Dunne confessed that he had been in and out of court throughout training camp due to a recent divorce-related lawsuit and said he would take out his pent-up anger in the Octagon.

The blows came thick and fast. Dunne is a former jiu-jitsu world champion, but his striking has been criticized as weak. This time was different. He overwhelmed the Muay Thai fighter Hill with strikes in all but two rounds. His arsenal ranged from basic jabs to close-range elbows, and he even showed off a tricky technique of throwing hooks while backing away.메이저놀이터

He took the lead in a close-range striking exchange at the start of the first round and quickly dropped Hill with a right hook. Dunn unleashed a barrage of ground-and-pound on the downed Hill before going for his signature armbar submission. Hill barely survived as the bell rang to end the first round.

The rest of the round was more of the same, except for the second round when Hill took the back position from the standing. Dunne hurt Hill with strikes first, then took him to the ground, landing ground-and-pound and elbows while looking for a submission. Hill was barely hanging on.

In his post-fight interview, Dunne explained why he went for the strikes, saying, “Hill came forward on me, and I thought he was going to back off and fight with a lot of movement. But Hill took the fight to the center of the Octagon. I’m not a fighter that ever goes backwards, so I decided to take the fight to the center of the cage.”

With the win, Dunne improved to 8-3 in the UFC (13-3 overall). Now, she can once again fight a top contender and earn a title shot.

Dunne called out former UFC women’s strawweight champion and current No. 2 ranked Rose Namajunas (30, USA).

“I don’t know what Namajunas is doing these days. But if he wants to keep fighting, I want to fight him,” he said, adding, “I haven’t fought a former champion yet. I think I can get that opportunity now.”

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