Angela Hill: The UFC fighter whose household are a part of UFO folklore


Angela Hill and Mackenzie Dern
Angela Hill made her UFC debut in 2014

UFC strawweight Angela Hill has many pursuits. She is a high-level blended martial artist, a cosplayer, a fan of video video games and a believer that “the reality is on the market”.

Hill is a follower of the extra-terrestrial, a watcher of the skies – she has little question that aliens exist, and there may be good purpose for it.

Her household has a particular place in UFO folklore.

On a September evening in 1961, Hill’s grandparents, Barney and Betty, believed they have been kidnapped by aliens.

“It has all the time been part of our household historical past,” Hill tells BBC Sport.

“It has all the time been a reality to us. We all know one thing occurred, even when it is not precisely what has been put on the market.”

It’s considered one of America’s most well-known alien abduction tales and has been tailored right into a best-selling e-book, The Interrupted Journey, and TV present The UFO Incident.

Barney and Betty stated they noticed an uncommon spacecraft when driving again to their house in Portsmouth, New Hampshire after a trip at Niagara Falls in 1961.

The married couple have been unable to account for round three hours of that journey – believing they’d been kidnapped.

Hill says: “It was a kind of issues I all the time knew about, and I did not assume it was bizarre till I discussed it to a good friend after which they might look it up.

“It was a extremely massive deal that you would Wikipedia my grandfather.”

‘On the lookout for solutions out within the stars’

Betty and Barney Hill hold up a newspaper featuring their story
The New Hampshire Division of Historic Assets has positioned a historic marker on the location the place Barney and Betty Hill declare to have seen the UFO

Barney died aged 46 – simply seven years after that now-famous evening – however Betty, who was his second spouse and never a blood relative of Angela, lived till 2004.

They have been an interracial couple, Barney an African American and Betty was white, one thing Hill believes provides an additional layer to this story.

“One of the attention-grabbing elements of it’s that it is a black man getting kidnapped by aliens,” Hill says.

“The Nope film [directed by Jordan Peele] is just about my grandfather.”

Nope was successful UFO horror movie launched in 2022 and set in California.

Hill says: “The extra we see stuff like Nope and issues the place black characters are concerned in these extra-terrestrial issues, then the extra individuals are going to take a look at this story and assume, ‘Oh yeah, this truly occurred.’

“You all the time see the everyday man in a trailer park and you do not assume it might occur to somebody who shouldn’t be like that.

“It is type of a cool factor to have the ability to see on TV and relate to. I feel numerous us are on the lookout for solutions out within the stars.”

Betty went on to turn into closely concerned with UFO subculture, showing in documentaries, attending conventions and telling the story from her perspective.

Hill feels her aspect of the household have been neglected since her grandfather died. She says they haven’t been approached by Barack Obama’s manufacturing firm Greater Floor, which is making a Netflix movie in regards to the incident.

“Traditionally, my household wasn’t actually concerned in the entire aftermath,” Hill says. “After my grandfather died, his household simply type of received ignored.

“My grandmother [Barney’s first wife] hated the whole lot in regards to the story, she would say ‘he is a liar’ and ‘him and that lady’.

“I feel if anybody did need to attain out and speak about it, they’d most likely be hurting my grandmother’s emotions, so possibly it was out of respect.”

Hill’s curiosity in aliens burns as brilliant as ever and he or she has been watching intently as extra tales emerge in america.

Nasa launched a 36-page report in September after tons of of UFO sightings, discovering there was no proof aliens have been behind the unexplained phenomena, however the area company couldn’t rule out the likelihood.

Hill says: “I positively assume there may be life on the market. To rely out that aliens can probably exist is ridiculous.

“There may be simply so little that we all know nonetheless and I feel every time one thing comes out like that it is a blow to humankind’s ego.

“Whether or not or not we have been in touch with that life is one thing up for debate however, if something, there’s quite a bit happening on this planet that we do not perceive both, so individuals are having these moments the place all of them see the identical factor – there must be some actuality to it.”

‘Targeted on being within the second’

For Hill, there is no such thing as a time to marvel about what’s on the market within the galaxy this week – she returns to the octagon on Saturday to face Denise Gomes in Brazil.

The quantity 12 ranked strawweight is seeking to bounce again from defeat in opposition to Mackenzie Dern in Might and, regardless of having misplaced 4 of her final six fights, Hill believes she nonetheless has lots to supply.

“Each combat is a fork within the street,” says Hill.

“The distinction between a win and a loss is so massive in MMA that it’s a must to ignore that it is a make-or-break scenario actually each time you get on the market.

“This combat I have been focusing quite a bit on being within the second and never worrying quite a bit about what’s going to occur after a win or loss.

“I am simply specializing in being in each second within the lead-up after which within the combat, hoping to not let the strain get to me in that second.”

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