UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Hill — how to watch, plus analysis and betting advice

Mackenzie Dern meets Angela Hill in the strawweight main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.

The fights at the UFC Apex are on ESPN+, with the 7 p.m. ET main card preceded by prelims at 4 p.m.

Dern (12-3) last fought in October, losing a majority decision to Yan Xiaonan. Prior to that, she had won five of six. Dern is No. 8 in the ESPN strawweight rankings.

Hill (15-12) went through a difficult two-year stretch of five losses in six fights, but since then has won twice in a row. Her most recent win was a unanimous decision over Emily Ducote in December.

Dern and Hill were originally scheduled to fight last week until Saturday’s original headliner, Irene Aldana vs. Raquel Pennington, was canceled. As a replacement, Dern vs. Hill was given the main event slot.

How to watch the fights

Watch all of the fights on ESPN+: Get ESPN+ here.

There’s also FightCenter, which offers live updates for every UFC card.

Saturday’s UFC fight card

ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET
Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern vs. Angela Hill
Middleweight: Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Anthony Hernandez
Catchweight (120 pounds): Emily Ducote vs. Loopy Godinez
Welterweight: Andre Fialho vs. Joaquin Buckley
Lightweight: Maheshate vs. Viacheslav Borshchev
Lightweight: Diego Ferreira vs. Michael Johnson
ESPN+, 4 p.m. ET
Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Vanessa Demopoulos
Welterweight: Orion Cosce vs. Gilbert Urbina
Heavyweight: Ilir Latifi vs. Rodrigo Nascimento
Lightweight: Chase Hooper vs. Nick Fiore
Women’s flyweight: Natalia Silva vs. Victoria Leonardo
Welterweight: Takashi Sato vs. Themba Gorimbo
Men’s flyweight: Clayton Carpenter vs. Stephen Erceg

Reed Kuhn’s betting tip

Mackenzie Dern is one of the most dangerous grapplers at strawweight, but only when she actually gets the fight to the mat. Slowly but surely, she’s been learning to set up her takedowns with striking and clinch work, rather than simply shooting from a distance and getting stuffed. While Angela Hill boasts 77% takedown defense, but she’s primarily a muay thai-style striker, meaning she more upright in her stance. That plays to the advantage of Dern, who might willingly clinch with Hill just to close distance, then use that position for higher-success takedowns.

For Kuhn’s suggested bets on the main event and other fights on Saturday’s card, check out the ESPN+ expert picks and best bets article (link below). It also features analysis by former UFC women’s featherweight title challenger Megan Anderson, now an ESPN fight analyst, as well as ESPN’s other betting expert, Ian Parker.

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UFC Fight Night expert picks and best bets: Can Mackenzie Dern get back on track against Angela Hill?

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