One of the greatest fighters the sport of MMA has ever seen will make the walk for the last time this weekend when the UFC returns to the Apex center in Las Vegas. Anderson Silva vs Uriah Hall is a fight that was supposed to happen in 2016 at UFC 198, the fight was canceled when Silva had to withdraw from the contest due to abdominal pain that led to gallbladder surgery. The oddsmakers had Silva as a slight favorite to win that fight at UFC 198, 4 years later, “The Spider” enters his final fight the slight underdog.
Anderson Silva (+184) vs Uriah Hall (-230)
When you take one look at Anderson Silva’s record and see that he is 1-6-1 in his last 8 outings, it’s no wonder he enters this fight as the betting underdog according to fanduel. Take into account that “The Spider” is saying that this will be the last fight to his illustrious career, meaning he essentially has one foot out the door, and it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which he is favored to win this fight. But what many fail to realize, is that as rough as his record has been since 2016, it’s not as bad as it seems on paper. In short, in his last fight versus Jarod Cannonier he lost due to injury, the fight before that he put on a performance for the ages against Isreal Adesanya, giving the Middleweight champion his toughest test to date, and looking great in the process.
Before he fought Adesanya, Silva beat Derek Brunson, a win that aged exceptionally well given the resurgence Brunson has been on as of late. Before Brunson, he took a fight on literally just a couple of day’s notice against then Light Heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier. Mere weeks removed from having emergency Gall Bladder surgery from when the first fight booking against Uriah Hall was made. Silva took a loss against D.C, but the then champion could do nothing more but hold Silva down for 3 rounds scoring little to no damage. Only one person got hurt during that fight, and it was Daniel Cormier after eating a front kick to the body that made him wince and immediately start backing up. The fight before D.C. was the fight against Michael Bisping, a fight in which a lot of the fan base believe he had won, home cooking from the judges of London, England was speculated. You can go on, but the point is, depending on what lens you look through, Silva isn’t as over the hill as it appears.
At the End of the Day
There is no question Silva is multiple steps slower than in his heyday, and that although he seems to recover well in the fights, he does tend to get dropped by strikes a lot more these days. Hall is as dangerous of a striker that exists in the UFC right now, the knock on him has always been his suspect mental game. If he is on point, Silva could be in serious trouble, nobody can afford to absorb too many shots from Hall, he hits fast and he hits hard. But there is reason to believe Silva still has some magic left, enough magic to go out on a positive note.
Pick: Anderson Silva
Andre Fili (+140) vs Bryce Mitchell (-172)
When you put a fighter like Andre Fili against an up and comer with the style of Bryce Mitchell, who is riding a whole lot of momentum. There is no way that it doesn’t result in fireworks. Fili is a very technical striker that likes to force the action, and his experience of having 15 fights in the UFC will bode well for him in this fight against Mitchell. After his latest win over Charles Jourdain in which he put in a very solid performance, Fili seems to be hitting his stride with confidence being at an all-time high. The undefeated Mitchell is riding a 13 fight win streak, with 9 of his wins coming by way of submission. Once the fight hits the mat, Bryce has aggressive Jiu-Jitsu and does an awesome job of constantly advancing the position/threatening the submission. Even if he is unable to score the submission, he can steal rounds by maintaining Octagon control.
At the end of the Day
One of Fili’s go-to strikes is the kick to the body, he has a lot of success with this throughout his career and it’s hard to imagine he won’t seek openings to land them in this fight. Mitchell not only high-level BJJ, but he also has very good takedowns, which could make the kicks from Fili a liability. Mitchell has been impeccable throughout his UFC run, but he has yet to compete against a fighter of Fili’s caliber. Mitchells toughest test to date will likely be a bit too tough of a test for him at this juncture.
Pick: Andre Fili
Kevin Holland (-170) vs Makhmud Muradov (+138)
Kevin Holland is a very creative striker who is light on his feet and has zero qualms about walking straight into a firefight. He does a great job of not telegraphing his strikes (especially his kicks), and he has a very nice check left hook that he is often able to land cleanly. The only issue is that when outside of the phone booth, he tends to keep his hands low. This can be very dangerous against a fighter like Makhmud Muradov, who is also no stranger to standing in the pocket and a fighter that’s willing to eat one to give one. One of Muradov’s best tool’s is his jab, he likes to close the distance with it and land up top and to the body, oftentimes setting up something a lot more impactful. The odds in this fight are close, as they should be, it’s a true pick em’ fight.
At the End of the Day
In all likelihood, this fight will stay upright. If it does, it’s destined to be a very entertaining affair. Both fighters have good footwork and are action fighters. Holland likes to hang on the outside in the striking realm, and doing that against Muradov is asking for trouble. Muradov also has a great attribute of getting stronger the longer the fight goes. It’ll be this very quality that gives him the edge in this contest.
Pick: Makhmud Muradov
Maurice Greene (+235) vs Greg Hardy (-300)
With just 9 professional MMA fights to his name, Greg Hardy is still very much a work in progress in terms of his development as a mixed martial artist. But one thing he has shown so far with his foray into MMA is that he has a whole lot of potential. The former NFL football player is a juggernaut physically, and he has parlayed his athleticism from professional football very well into MMA. He moves very well for such a big man and possesses massive power in his hands, and decent striking defense all things considered. Maurice Greene is a far more polished striker than his counterpart, at 6’7, he uses his length very well with his long jab and teeps to the body. His striking style will give Hardy some trouble if he can weather the storm early. Greene also comes from one of the best camps in the world, WinkleJohn MMA out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Known for their game planning, Greene will be very well prepared. Hardy doesn’t have the most experience, but he showed us a lot when he took the short notice fight against Alexander Volkov. On paper, he was very outmatched, and while he did lose, he made a very good account of himself against his toughest test to date.
At the end of the day
Green is a very solid underdog pick in his fight. Hardy does have a decent gas tank considering his size, and he does keep his power for all 3 rounds, but he tends to slow down as the fight wears on. If Greene can survive the barrage of uber-powerful punches coming his way, there will be an opportunity to score the upset. But Hardys size, aggressiveness as well as his ability to perform in high-pressure situations is going to be too much for Greene to deal with. An early stoppage is likely.
Pick: Greg Hardy
Bobby Green (-265) vs Thiago Moises (+210)
Bobby Green has been on some kind of run lately, rattling off 3 decisive victories since June. Despite losing a significant portion of the year, Green will look to score 4 wins in 2020 that would cap off the best year of his career. Moisies enters this fight after earning the biggest victory of his career with a masterful achilles lock submission victory over Michael Johnson in May. Greens background is as a wrestler but is a type of fighter that truly loves to strike. He has great boxing technique coupled with great takedown defense, though his striking defense has had him take some damage in a lot of his fights in the past. Moises is competent on the feet but is going to be constantly looking to bring this fight to the ground where he is most dangerous.
At The End Of The Day
Green is riding some serious momentum going into this fight, he is the better striker out of the two, and his wrestling pedigree will give him the tools needed to thwart Moises takedown attempts en route to the win.
Pick: Bobby Green
Win or lose, Anderson Silva’s reign, and the moments he gave us throughout that reign will never be matched. A true icon of the sport that has produced some of the most spectacular moments this sport has ever seen, Silva’s legend will live on for generations. This Saturday marks the end of an era.
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