After her December return to the UFC fell through, Angela Hill finally gets her homecoming to face Jessica Andrade.
The Invicta Fighting Championships 115lb champion Angela Hill will fight Andrade on February 4 at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston, Texas. The event is currently set to be headlined by another returner, “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, who faces Dennis Bermudez.
Opponent Andrade made the drop to 115lbs in 2016 where she easily dispatched of credible foes, Jessica Penne and Joanne Calderwood. Their fight in Houston will likely hold title implications
On December 13, “Overkill” released a heartfelt message to her fans on Twitter claiming her return to the WME-IMG owned organisation had fallen through. She had agreed to step in for the injured Maryna Moroz against Andrade at UFC 207.
However, due to her release from the UFC in November 2015, Hill was no longer a part of the USADA Registered Testing Pool, and her return was nixed until she could re-enter the RTP.
Sorry guys, I know it was rumored I was fighting in Dec but it's not happening, here's why. pic.twitter.com/VOEyldLPLs
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) December 13, 2016
After her exit from the UFC, Hill made a name for herself in Invicta FC, winning four fights on the bounce, including a victory over Livia Renata Souza to claim the Strawweight championship belt.
Nevertheless, the 30-year-old’s UFC dreams weren’t completely dashed. The UFC released a statement on Tuesday about her status within the UFC Anti-Doping Policy RTP, and clarified that she had been given an exemption from the USADA mandatory four-month testing period.
The UFC claimed that Hill had re-entered the testing pool on December 13 – the same day as her outcry on social media – and had since been subject to random testing by USADA meaning there was sufficient evidence to grant her exemption.