UFC Auckland: Is Angela Hill really the Cowboy Cerrone of women’s MMA?

Angela Hill’s win at UFC Auckland marked her sixth bout in a 12-month period, tying her with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Neil Magny and Sam Alvey for a UFC record.

Whether she had won or lost, Angela Hill left her place in the history book when she made the walk to the Octagon at UFC Auckland. And she left people wondering if she is women’s MMA’s version of the highly-popular Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

Hill competed at the Feb. 23 UFC event, taking a fight with Loma Lookboonmee on just under three weeks’ notice and won via decision. As a result, Hill has set the record for most UFC bouts by a female in a 12-month span with six, and that total ties her with Cerrone, Neil Magny and Sam Alvey for most UFC bouts in a 12-month span altogether. Hill also has set a new record for most bouts in UFC women’s strawweight history with 14.

“I think the fast turnaround keeps me out of my head,” Hill said after the bout. “It keeps me focused on what’s next and not the past. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my career. Sometimes that weighs heavy on me in the Octagon. Putting that behind me, I feel like I’ve emerged as a new fighter.”

What also makes Hill’s current run impressive is that of the six fights in the span, a majority, including the fight with Lookboonmee, came on short notice.

Hill’s current active tenure began at UFC Nashville 11 months ago, where she was submitted by Randa Markos, falling to 8-6. But her next fight also marked a bit of a turning point and bounced her back to winning ways, as she defeated Jodie Esquibel in a short-notice contest at UFC Sunrise the next month.

Since losing another short-notice bout at UFC 238, this time to Yan Xionan, Hill has now won her last three straight. Hill defeated Ariane Carnelossi at UFC Mexico City before taking and winning two short-notice bouts already in 2020 — defeating Hannah Cifers at UFC Raleigh about a month ago before defeating Lookboonmee.

For comparison’s sake, Cerrone competed in six UFC bouts between Jan. 25, 2014, and Jan. 18, 2015, winning all six of his fights and defeating Adriano Martins, Edson Barboza, Jim Miller, Eddie Alvarez, Myles Jury and Benson Henderson — the latest two of which came in the same month.

Magny’s stretch from Nov. 6, 2013, to Oct. 25, 2014, saw him lose to Seth Baczynski before rattling off wins over Gasan Umalatov, Tim Means, Rodrigo de Lima, Alex Garcia and William Macario — a stretch that saw Magny set the UFC record for most wins in a calendar year with five.

Meanwhile, Alvey’s six-fight stretch between June 18, 2016, and April 22, 2017, saw him start and end the run with losses to Elias Theodorou and Thales Leites, respectively. The middle of the stretch saw him win four straight, defeating Eric Spicely, Kevin Casey, Alex Nicholson and Nate Marquardt.

As for what’s next for Hill, she’d be open to competing in a fight with Karolina Kowalkiewicz, who also competes on tonight’s UFC Auckland card, taking on the last woman to defeat Hill, Xiaonan.

“I feel like everyone is booked right now, but I’d love to fight Karolina if she wins today,” Hill said. “Even if she doesn’t, I’d like that fight. It would be a great matchup. That’s always been a fight I’ve wanted. I’m willing to fight anyone, but Karolina’s at the top of the list because our schedules line up.”

UFC Auckland took place on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, live from the Spark Arena in UFC Auckland, New Zealand. Follow along with FanSided MMA all your live results and highlights.

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