For Hill, finding her footing after some tumultuous times has been a great way to showcase her abilities and prove she belongs at a high level of MMA.
“I definitely feel like I was able to show improvements and just be able to do what I wanted to in the fights,” Hill told MMAWeekly.com. “I think both fights pretty much went the way I wanted them to.
“It’s been kind of nice because I feel like with my last couple opponents, I’ve been able to fight opponents who are pretty good and not pushovers. I think Invicta is giving me a chance to fight people in a way where I slowly climb the ladder rather than fighting the Top 5 right off the bat.”
The success that Hill (4-2) has had in Invicta has paid off, as she’ll get a chance to challenge for the promotion’s 115-pound title in the co-main event of Invicta FC 17 on Saturday in Costa Mesa, Calif., against undefeated champion Livia Renata Souza (9-0).
“She kind of has a similar skillset to (Stephanie) Eggink, but with more aggression,” said Hill of Souza. “She’s an aggressive striker, and really scramble-y, but from what I’ve seen, she doesn’t have wrestling-style takedowns, so I think clinch fighting is where I’ll feel more comfortable.
Though she’s challenging for her first major MMA championship, Hill isn’t overwhelmed by the circumstances surrounding her fight with Souza.
“I think if I wasn’t in the UFC before, it would be a lot more pressure, but being on that stage, I’m pretty comfortable,” Hill said. “After my last fight, I would take a title fight or would take another fight that was just a step up. It’s more important right now to get a lot of experience in and then fight the best people after that.
“I just have pressure to win. I don’t feel like I have pressure to get the belt. I feel the same pressure as if it were a five-round fight without a belt on the line. But it would definitely be nice to bring home a belt.”
While a win over Souza would not only give Hill a title, it could pave the way for her return to the UFC, but for now she’s focused on staying as active as her health will allow her going forward.
“I just want to be somewhere I can be on shows constantly and fight like four or five or six times a year. I never feel hurt after a fight. I think you get more hurt in training. So I just want to get in as many fights as possible before something like that happens.
“I see when people get injured, it’s like a domino effect. They get hurt before a fight, and then get injured in the next one, so I want to fight while my body is still pliable and rack up as many wins and fights as possible.”