May 12, 2022 9:46 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Virna Jandiroba vs Angela Hill at UFC Vegas 54

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When is UFC Vegas 54? Sunday 15th May, 2022 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 54? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 54? Click here for the tickets at the O2 Arena

What channel is UFC Vegas 54 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 54? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


Virna Jandiroba’s (17-3) three losses have all come in the UFC and were against top competition. She was handed the current champion, Carla Esparza (2019) on debut losing a unanimous decision, bounced back with two effortless submissions over Mallory Martin (2019) and Felice Herrig (2020) before meeting the only fighter on the roster with better jiu-jitsu than her, Mackenzie Dern (2020) losing a unanimous decision. She then TKO’d Kanako Murata (2021) but is coming off her third loss which was a unanimous decision to Amanda Ribas (2021).

No stranger to a UFC loss herself is Angela Hill (13-11) which is inevitable considering she started her professional career in the big league. She has improved tremendously but has struggled against the elite losing super tight decisions to Claudia Gadelha (2020), Michelle Waterson (2020), Tecia Torres (2021) and Amanda Lemos (2021) in her last five with her second unanimous decision over Ashley Yoder (2021) sandwiched in between.


Jandiroba is dangerous on the feet with her unorthodox striking, but this should turn into a striker vs grappler match up. Hill has a clear edge on the feet with excellent Muay Thai and kickboxing. They have a similar height and reach, but Hill’s technique should allow her to conduct the range and win the exchanges.

Her grappling and defensive wrestling has improved a lot, but it is still a hole in her game and if the fight goes to the floor, Jandiroba’s jiu-jitsu is at such a level, it should only be a matter of time before she finds a submission.

So, this will be a case of whether the Brazilian can secure the takedown. She has 39% takedown accuracy and Hill has an impressive 78% defence. We feel she will find one at some point so leaning towards a submission with Hill as the value pick.

Prediction: Jandiroba via Submission - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Prediction: Hill via Decision

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