Angela Hill And Stephanie Skinner Face Off In Inaugural Atomweight Bout at XFC 27: Frozen Fury
At XFC 27: Frozen Fury, Angela “Overkill” Hill and Stephanie “The Scrapper” Skinner will face off in the coveted female spot the XFC holds on its main card, to showcase the talented women of mixed martial arts. As one of the pioneers and leaders in consistently promoting women’s MMA, the XFC has established a talented and growing roster in their female divisions. In 2013, the promotion has crowned champions in both the Strawweight and Flyweight division, and now, Angela Hill and Stephanie Skinner will cut the ribbon on the Atomweight Division, LIVE on AXS TV, from the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan on December 13th.
Angela “Overkill” Hill (Pro Debut) is no stranger to the bright lights and cameras of AXS TV. The Muay Thai standout wrapped up her successful Thai career on AXS, at Lion Fight Promotion’s 11th event this past September. So, it only seems fitting that the undefeated Thai fighter makes her long awaited MMA debut on the same station that she made her professional Muay Thai debut. The devastating striker earned a multi-fight contact with the XFC after impressing company officials at their Open Fighter Tryouts, this past March. Angela Hill trains out of New York’s Evolution Muay Thai; bringing a Brooklyn swagger and New York toughness to the XFC’s already impressive female roster. As an amateur, Hill went 14-0 in Muay Thai. It’s because of this well documented history in combat sports; Hill won’t get the luxury of facing another debuting fighter in her first MMA bout. The skilled combatant will face six fight veteran Stephanie Skinner; a fighter also known for her striking and knockout power. The obvious question everyone is asking will be answered on December 13th; how will Angela Hill fare if the fight hits the ground? Hill is adamant that everyone watching will be surprised with her ground game, should the fight go there, and that Skinner would be foolish to assume that is where she will find a win.
In 2010, Stephanie “The Scrapper” Skinner (2-4) started her professional career with an unfortunate three consecutive losses. Never a quitter, “The Scrapper” took a step back from competition and spent the next two years training for a second run at mixed martial arts. Skinner’s decision to concentrate on the gym, instead of the cage, paid off. In 2012, she re-entered the game and found herself winning two of her last three bouts; both vicious TKO victories. Skinner has waited patiently to make her XFC debut, as unfortunate events have kept her from making her debut for the Tampa based promotion. On two separate occasions, Skinner was booked to face Albuquerque’s Angelica Chavez; both times Chavez pulled leaving Skinner without an opponent, and the XFC without enough time to secure a replacement. Skinner now looks to put the Chavez situation behind her and move on with her career. Stephanie Skinner will ride the momentum she gained in 2012 into Muskegon, Michigan when she meets Brooklyn, New York’s Angela Hill at Frozen Fury.
XFC correspondent Jennifer O had this to say about the Hill/Skinner matchup: “I’m so excited for this matchup! Here we have 2 fighters coming from totally different backgrounds . Stephanie Skinner is a seasoned product of a purely MMA based background, where Angela Hill’s game was built inside the kickboxing/Muay Thai ring. Hill turned a lot of heads with her skill and athleticism at the XFC open fighter tryouts, so here we get to see that amazing knockout power accented in the smaller gloves.. but also her ground game and sprawling abilities will be put to the test for the first time.”
Xtreme Fighting Championships invades the Great Lakes State on December 13, 2013 for XFC 27: Frozen Fury. The event is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and will be broadcast Live on AXS TV from the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan, beginning at 8pm CT/9 pm ET. For more information on the event visit www.XFCMMA.com and to purchase tickets, visit or www.beafantickets.com. For daily updates and news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @OfficialXFC.