Ashley Yoder will get her rematch towards Angela Hill on Saturday at UFC Combat Evening 187, however the second tussle between the 2 was already imagined to have occurred.
On Feb. 26, sooner or later after Yoder (Eight-6 MMA, Three-5 UFC) and Hill (12-9 MMA, 7-9 UFC) stepped on the size for UFC Combat Evening 186, their battle was known as off on account of COVID-19 protocols. Whereas the UFC didn’t specify which nook encountered points, a supply instructed MMA Junkie it was a member of Yoder’s camp.
In an interview with MMA Junkie this week, Yoder confirmed certainly one of her corners had a optimistic COVID-19 check and detailed what transpired when the battle was postponed hours previous to the occasion begin time.
“It was form of humorous as a result of we have been at weigh-ins and I used to be truly speaking in regards to the Chas Skelly scenario the place he was within the octagon the week prior,” Yoder instructed MMA Junkie. “I used to be like, ‘You already know, it’s loopy. If I weigh-in, I’m going to battle somebody.’ Then, in fact, I jinxed myself. However the third COVID check that we had taken, we acquired the outcomes again the day of the battle. My hair was braided. I used to be getting drug-tested by USADA as I acquired the telephone name.”
Surprising telephone calls from the UFC throughout battle week usually imply one thing dangerous. Yoder had a hunch that was the case, and he or she was right. One in every of her corners had examined optimistic. She wouldn’t have to attend lengthy for a rebooking, nonetheless. UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard already was on the opposite line ready to supply her the March 13 date.
As for her cornerman, Yoder mentioned the optimistic COVID-19 check turned out to be a false optimistic. He’s examined unfavorable twice since and was by no means symptomatic.
So for the second time in 4 weeks, Yoder accepted a short-notice battle, the initially scheduled rematch each Yoder and Hill accepted on seven days’ discover. For the rebooked rematch, they might have 14 days to arrange.
“Folks preserve speaking a few battle camp,” Yoder mentioned. “I’m like, ‘You guys are confused. I believe you guys don’t know what a battle camp is as a result of a battle camp is normally six to eight weeks.’ It’s good to have a fast turnaround, although. You possibly can have already got your mindset. Your physique was in movement. I do know that for Angela and myself, we’re coaching on a regular basis so we’re all the time able to battle.”
Brief-notice battle preparation might be hectic, defined Yoder. Nevertheless, the truth that the battle towards Hill is a rematch makes her extra snug with the scenario. The 2 squared off 4 years in the past at The Final Fighter 25 Finale and Hill earned a unanimous resolution.
“As a lot because it’s been 4 years and we’ve each grown loads, we form of know every others’ kinds, and also you’re simply constructing on confidence at that time,” Yoder mentioned. “You’re getting in the best mentality to really get within the octagon and compete. It’s only a very dialed-in-type couple weeks. It’s not sufficient of a camp to vary something stylistically, proper? I really feel assured going into this battle with what I’ve already grown on within the final 4 years.”
Yoder, 33, expects a distinct consequence this day out. Whatever the approach it performs out, she thinks followers can anticipate to see fireworks when she fights Hill.
“I by no means prefer to put myself ready the place I say, ‘Hey, that is what’s going to occur within the battle. That is what’s not going to occur within the battle,’” Yoder mentioned. “I simply know once we step within the cage, we each convey a battle. It’s going to be a enjoyable battle for positive.”