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UFC releases 'TUF 20' women's strawweight Angela Hill

After two straight losses, strawweight Angela Hill has been released from the UFC.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

After a big wave of roster cuts in mid-October, we have news of a release in early November. Women's strawweight Angela Hill has seen her time with the UFC (at least for now) come to an end. Hill relayed the bad news to her fans in a statement published on her Facebook page:

Last year in April I had my first MMA fight. 2 days later I flew out to Vegas and tried out for The Ultimate Fighter. It's been a roller coaster ride and I proved to myself how strong I could be through the shittiest situations. After 2 losses to top 5 ranked opponents I got the call that I've been released from the UFC. It's bittersweet, but I'll hopefully be able to stay more active outside the octagon and gain the XP I need to make my way back to that belt.

Hill (2-2) was eliminated in the opening round of TUF 20 by eventual tournament winner and inaugural strawweight champion Carla Esparza, who submitted her with a standing rear-naked choke. In Hill's official UFC debut she won a unanimous decision over Emily Kagan, but soon dropped back-to-back fights against top 10 ranked opposition in Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas.

On the plus side for Hill, she's only 1 year into her professional MMA career with just 4 fights. This may have been simply a case of "too much, too soon" for the 27-year-old, and she could very well wind up back in the Octagon in due time as she gains more experience and racks up the wins, whether on the regional circuit or with Invicta FC.

Thinking bigger picture, we'll see whether or not Hill's release will trigger another series of cuts similar to what we saw last month. The unconfirmed report said that the UFC was planning to cut up to 50 fighters, and between last month and today's news they're about halfway there. When October's cuts were announced, they were almost entirely 155 and up, so perhaps this month will be for 145 and below.

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