UFC Vegas 73 is set to feature a highly anticipated matchup between Mackenzie Dern and Angela Hill, with the potential for Dern to either make a run up the rankings or see her championship aspirations falter. Dern’s recent record, having lost three out of four fights and going 0-3 in headlining bouts, has cast a shadow of uncertainty over her contender reputation, with Hill being a prime candidate to put a major dent in it.
As the most active strawweight in UFC history, Hill has faced a number of notable names at 115 pounds and is unlikely to be an easy out regardless of her opponent’s specialty. However, if Dern can keep the fight on the ground, she will have a significant advantage over Hill.
Other compelling matchups on the card include Edmen Shahbazyan facing Anthony Hernandez, with Hernandez expected to dominate the fight through his grappling abilities, and Emily Ducote meeting short-notice replacement Loopy Godinez in what could be a close and highly contested grappling contest.
Andre Fialho will welcome Joaquin Buckley to the welterweight division, and Diego Ferreira will face Michael Johnson in a matchup that sees Johnson taking the slight edge due to his recent wins and in-cage IQ.