BREAKING: Amanda Ribas vs Angela Hill Fight Called Off by UFC Hours Before Fight Night

Published 05/08/2021, 8:50 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Amanda Ribas of Brazil celebrates after her victory over Paige VanZant in their flyweight fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC called off the strawweight contest between Amanda Ribas and Angela Hill hours before the commencement of UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs Waterson. This development came as Ribas tested positive for COVID. Now, it remains to be seen whether the UFC reschedules the bout.

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‘Overkill’ took to Twitter to wish her opponent a speedy recovery. In a video posted on Twitter, Hill said, “Hey, Amanda Ribas, sorry this happened to you. I have been through it before. Wish you a speedy recovery and hopefully see you in 2 weeks.

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Ribas posted a message on Instagram. She wrote, “I tested positive for covid in the last test, it may be a false positive. The commission decided to cancel this fight. God is in control ❤️ I WILL FIGHT! I don’t know when haha ​​but I will fight! Obs .: I’ve had covid.

The 27-year-old Brazilian was coming off a T/KO loss against Marina Rodriguez in her last fight. That was Ribas‘s first loss in the UFC. She was hoping for a quick turnaround and was looking to get back to the win column of the UFC. However, her hopes took a major hit with the positive test for coronavirus. One can only hope Ribas recovers quickly and gets back in action as soon as possible.

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Meanwhile, Hill was coming off a decision win against Ashley Yoder in March. That ended her 2-fight split decision losing streak. The Alliance MMA trainee was looking to move to the upper echelon of the strawweight division with a win over Ribas.

Should the UFC re-book Amanda Ribas vs Angela Hill?

The strawweight contest was very intriguing. It was a crucial one in terms of the division’s current status. Hence, the eleventh-hour cancellation was very unfortunate for the UFC, the fans, and the fighters.

Now, as both the contenders are willing to get the fight re-booked, it only makes sense that the promotion does so at the earliest.

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As mentioned earlier, the stakes are high for both fighters. Will the UFC re-book Hill vs Ribas? Let us know in the comments.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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