Lightweight Michael Johnson and strawweight Cortney Casey share a common problem: They’re damn good fighters, but against the elite of their respective divisions, they get their butts kicked. Thankfully, UFC Fight Night 135 had them pitted against fighters at their level – like Andre Fili and Angela Hill – and the bouts ended up being pretty close.

For Johnson, that meant working his boxing and kicking against a dude perfectly capable of making him eat shin, and for a while there, Johnson was stuck with Fili on his back. But Johnson avoided the choke, and eventually earned the split decision.

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Casey and Hill did their striking thing, and for the most part, Hill was more accurate and more mobile in her footwork. When time ran out, I had Hill taking the decision, but the judges giving the split decision to Casey wasn’t the worst robbery in history.



Results: Michael Johnson def. Andre Fili via Split Decision

Cortney Casey def. Angela Hill via Split Decision