What To Watch This Weekend In Women’s UFC 265: Hill Vs Torres

Written By Katie Lever on August 6, 2021 - Last Updated on August 7, 2021

COVID canceled the women’s bantamweight title bout, taking Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes off the fight card for UFC 265. Although Nunes’ fight against Pena, which was largely lauded as Saturday’s main event in women’s UFC, is indefinitely delayed, bettors still have something to look forward to over the weekend in Hill v Torres.

The now-lone women’s fight on Saturday’s main card starts at 10 PM ET on pay-per-view. “The Tiny Twister” and “Overkill” face off in a top-15 strawweight fight that should value which fighter is able to deliver the most damage in a short

Lines for Hill v Torres Saturday night

Although DraftKings Sportsbook lists Angela Hill as the underdog at +116, and Tecia Torres as the favorite at -135, Torres hasn’t fought since her latest victory was over Sam Hughes last December, whereas Hill is coming into the fight off of a more recent win over Ashley Yonder this past March.

Bettors looking to take a risk for a potentially massive payout could put down money for a draw. FanDuel Sportsbook lists those odds at +5,000. FanDuel’s moneyline odds are similar to DraftKings, listing Hill at +116 and Torres at -142.

The numbers suggest this event could go the distance. 83% of Torres’ wins have come by decision and Hill has gotten almost 2/3 of her victories by points as well. BetMGM Sportsbook‘s line on the fight going the distance is currently -350.

Could Hill pull off the upset here, given her size advantage? That depends on how effective Torres is at delivering blows in rapid succession as she has become known for.

Hill’s size against Torres’ ferocity

Torres comes into this bout giving up two inches in height and four inches in reach. However, she likely plans to get in close, anyway. Torres’ strength is in her fast sequences of strikes. If she can secure a couple of takedowns, that could give her the edge in points she needs.

Hill also makes her money with kickboxing, so bettors shouldn’t expect her to try to use her reach to keep Torres at a distance. She likely won’t place an emphasis on staying on her feet, either. Her grappling skills might be superior to Torres’.

Ultimately, what could decide this fight is which woman is able to land significant strikes. Hill has a slight statistical advantage there. The judges will likely give the edge to whichever fighter is able to do the most damage the fastest.

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Katie Lever is a former Division 1 athlete and current doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin where she studies NCAA discourse and the intersections of sport and society. She is also a freelance sportswriter, consultant, and creative writer on the side. Katie is a member of The Drake Group, an athletic advocacy organization dedicated to academic integrity in collegiate athletics and serves as a member of their Board of Governors as well as their Chief Communications Officer. In her (limited) spare time, she enjoys lifting weights, walking dogs, and exploring the city of Austin.

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