Invicta FC strawweight champion Angela Hill’s (6-2-0) December tears have turned into January thrills as the UFC officially announced she will face No.5 Jessica Andrade (15-5-0) at UFC Fight Night 104 Feb. 4 in Houston.
Hill was on the verge of announcing the fight in December, but instead informed her fans through Twitter the disappointment of having it called off due to requirements with the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) Registered Testing Pool (RTP) component.
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) January 17, 2017
The UFC released the following statement on Hill on their website.
On December 13, 2016, UFC strawweight Angela Hill was re-enrolled by USADA into the UFC Anti-Doping Policy Registered Testing Pool (RTP). Hill had previously been part of the RTP as a contracted athlete in 2015, before she was released at the discretion of UFC and subsequently removed from the program. UFC is granting Hill an exemption to the four-month RTP requirement, which will allow her to compete against Jessica Andrade on February 4, 2017, in Houston, Texas.
Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy section 5.7.1, in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an athlete, UFC can grant a waiver to the four-month requirement. UFC determined that Hill met that criteria for the following reasons:
– Hill underwent a thorough education process on the UFC Anti-Doping Policy upon her first inclusion in the RTP in 2015.
– Upon her re-enrollment into the RTP on December 13, 2016, Hill received additional education and became immediately subject to no advance notice, out-of-competition testing by USADA, making her subject to such testing for more than 7 weeks before her competition. Since Hill has returned to the RTP, she has undergone unannounced testing by USADA,and will continue to be subject to such testing while she remains in the RTP.
– It was not at Hill’s discretion that she was removed from the RTP in 2015. The intent of the 4-month rule is to prevent athletes from unfairly manipulating their inclusion in the RTP.
– UFC and USADA are in the final stages of refining the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Included in that refinement, will be a change to the 4-month rule, whereby only athletes who chose at their discretion to be removed from the RTP will be required to have an extended presence in the RTP before returning to competition.
Hill competed on TUF 20, and was eliminated by a loss to Carla Esparza. She won her UFC debut on the TUF 20 Finale against Emily Kagan, but lost her next two fights to Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas which led to her release.
The 32-year old “Overkill” made her Invicta debut in January 2016, racking up a 4-0 record and defeating Livia Renata Souza at Invicta FC 17 to become the company’s strawweight titleholder.
Andrade has been impressive since dropping down to strawweight, finishing Jessica Penne and Joanne Calderwood.
— José Neves (@joseneves1235) December 31, 2016
UFC Fight Night 104 takes place Feb. 4 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The current card is as follows:
Chan Sung Jung (13-4-0) vs Dennis Bermudez (16-5-0)
Alexa Grasso (9-0-0) vs Felice Herrig (11-6-0)
James Vick (9-1-0) vs Abel Trujillo (15-6-0)
Ovince St. Preux (19-9-0) vs Jan Blachowicz (19-6-0)
Anthony Hamilton (15-6-0) vs Marcel Fortuna (8-1-0)
Angela Hill (6-2-0) vs Jessica Andrade (15-5-0)
Adam Milstead (8-1-0) vs Curtis Blaydes (6-1-0)
Chas Skelly (16-2-0) vs Chris Gruetzemacher (13-1-0)
Ricardo Ramos (9-1-0) vs Michinora Tanaka (11-2-0)
Tecia Torres (7-1-0) vs Bec Rawlings (7-5-0)
Alex Morono (13-3-0) vs Niko Price (9-0-0)
Khalil Rountree (4-2-0) vs Daniel Jolly (5-1-0)