- Date & Location: Saturday Oct. 31 @ UFC Apex in Las Vegas
- Odds: Uriah Hall (-225) vs. Anderson Silva (+175) via Bovada
- Prediction: Hall via decision
Following a five-week stand at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, the UFC is set to spend the next five weeks in Las Vegas at its own facility, UFC Apex. Uriah Hall, who is the No. 10 ranked fighter in the official UFC middleweight rankings, faces former 185-pound champion Anderson Silva in the main event of that fight card, UFC on ESPN+ 39.
Hall, who has been a member of the UFC roster since 2013, is on a two-fight winning streak. Silva, who has the longest winning streak in UFC history with 16 straight victories between 2006 and 2012, is 1-6-0-1 since he lost the middleweight crown to Chris Weidman in 2013.
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HALL vs. SILVA ODDS
|Fighter||Odds (via Bovada)|
HALL vs. SILVA PREDICTION & PICK
The 45-year-old Silva has already announced that this fight, his 36th bout as a pro, will be his final scrap under the UFC banner. This matchup appears as if the UFC designed it to give Hall a push at the expense of Silva’s legendary career. Jared Cannonier, Israel Adesanya and Michael Bisping all scored middleweight title shots immediately after beating Silva or shortly after their victories. Hall won’t get an immediate title fight with a win on Saturday, but Silva’s name still carries weight with fans and matchmakers and a victory will send him up the rankings.
I think Hall will get that victory.
Pick: Hall via decision
BETTING VALUE WITH HALL
Hall broke into the UFC in 2013 during season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter. He scored three knockouts on the way to the final. During the filming of the show, UFC president Dana White said of Hall’s knockout of Adam Cella, “One of the nastiest knockouts I’ve seen in the fight business, let alone ultimate fighter.”
After Silva lost to Kelvin Gastelum on the TUF 17 Finale card, White said of Hall, “He’s got speed, he’s got power, he’s unbelievable. He doesn’t have what it mentally takes to fight here. You know what I mean? It’s a mental thing. He was this killer on TUF, and then he comes into the big show where it really matters and this is going to make your livelihood and everything else, and he turns into this different person. This super nice guy.”
That’s kind of been Hall’s story.He runs hot and cold and White has event threatened to release him from the UFC.
I think he’ll run more hot than cold in the Silva fight, but I don’t think he will take chances against a fighter who might be past his prime, but still inspires awe from foes and fans alike for what he did in the past.
With that, I believe taking this fight to go the distance makes sense.
WHO HAS THE EDGE?
Hall’s age, power and athleticism give him the advantage in every aspect of this fight but one and that is the fact that his opponent is Anderson Silva. Many current UFC fighters hold Silva in such high regard that they can psych themselves out by being inside the octagon with him. If Hall finds himself reluctant to engage or admiring the skills of his opponent, he could be in trouble. Hall’s best bet is to fight a solid fight, use his power and avoid putting himself in awkward spots.
FIGHT STATS: HALL vs. SILVA
|Uriah Hall||Category||Anderson Silva|
|3.31||Significant Strikes Landed Per Minute||3.04|
|3.57||Significant Strikes Absorbed Per Minute||1.98|
|0.75||Takedown Average Per 15 Minutes||0.52|
|0.20||Submission Average Per 15 Minutes||0.8|
WHAT’S AT STAKE
With this being Silva’s final fight in the UFC, he’ll want to go out with a memorable victory. For someone who was once the most feared fighter in MMA, anything less would seem like a disappointment.
As I noted above, Silva’s name still carries weight and as such, a win over Silva will help Hall establish himself in the top-10 of the 185-pound division.