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UFC Fight Night Hall vs. Silva Main Event Odds and Betting Picks

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UFC Fight Night Hall vs. Silva Main Event Odds and Betting Picks
Brazilian fighter Anderson Silva. (Photo by Mauro Pimentel / AFP)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a jam-packed schedule and this Saturday we are getting what should be a very entertaining fight between Uriah Hall and Anderson Silva. Here’s a complete preview, including updated odds and our betting pick.

Uriah Hall vs. Anderson Silva

Saturday, October 31, 2020 – 11:59 PM EDT at the UFC Apex

In the main event of the evening, Uriah Hall battles Anderson Silva. It will be Silva's last fight. UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. There will not be fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With plenty of betting lines and markets currently available, let’s attempt to find some value for our UFC picks on Saturday’s main event.

Uriah Hall. Sam Wasson/Getty Images/AFP

Uriah Hall

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Uriah Hall moved to Queens, New York at 13 years old. Hall was bullied at school but martial arts helped end that at age 16. "Primetime" is a second degree black belt in Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts under Tiger Schulmann. He also competed as a kickboxer in the World Combat League and at Bellator and Ring of Combat, where he won the Ring of Combat middleweight championship two times.

Hall suffered three straight losses against Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson and Gegard Mousasi between November 2015 and November 2016 but he got back on track, winning three of his last four fights. He is coming off a split decision win against Antonio Carlos Jr. at UFC Fight Night 158 on September 14th, 2019.

  • Born: July 31st, 1984
  • Age: 36
  • Country: United States
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 186 lbs
  • Reach: 79″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Fortis MMA
  • Class: Middleweight
  • Record: 15-9

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
11 wins by KO/TKO3.31 Landed38% Accuracy
1 win by Submission3.57 Absorbed69% Defended
3 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Two-time Ring of Combat middleweight champion
  • Second degree black belt in Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts
  • Former kickboxer in the World Combat League
  • Has won his last two fights

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Has shown mental weakness at times

Anderson Silva. Anthony Geathers/Getty Images/AFP

Anderson Silva

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Anderson Silva is one of the greatest fighters in the history of mixed martial arts. Silva began practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at a young age before becoming a well-rounded fighter. Silva was unbeaten in the UFC longer than any other fighter, held the UFC middleweight title for over six years and defended it 10 times. His accomplishments are numerous. He has beaten Rich Franklin (twice), Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen (twice) and Derek Brunson, among many others.

When the UFC signed Silva he had some hype but few predicted how dominant he became. "The Spider" won the UFC middleweight championship against Rich Franklin via knockout in under three minutes of the first round at UFC 64 on October 14th, 2006. Franklin was coming off nine straight wins (including three title defenses).

"The Spider" Silva had the greatest title run in the history of the UFC but time is unforgiving and he's lost six of his eight fights since 2013, including two against Chris Weidman. He is coming off a first-round TKO loss against Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 on May 11th, 2019 and his last win was against Derek Brunson via unanimous decision at UFC 208 on February 11th, 2017.

  • Born: April 14th, 1975
  • Age: 45
  • Country: Brazil
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 185 lbs
  • Reach: 77″
  • Stance: Southpaw
  • Association: Team Nogueira / X-Gym / Killer Bees
  • Class: Middleweight
  • Record: 34-10-1

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
23 wins by KO/TKO3.04 Landed77% Accuracy
3 wins by Submission1.98 Absorbed69% Defended
8 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Muay Thai striking prodigy
  • Black belt in Judo
  • Was unbeaten in the UFC longer than any other fighter
  • Held the UFC middleweight title for over six years, defending it 10 times

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Has lost his last two fights (hasn't won since February 11th, 2017)

Prediction

Regardless of what happens on Saturday, Silva is one of, if not the best fighter in MMA history. If this is Silva's "Last Dance," it's only fitting that Hall gets a shot at the MMA legend, considering that they were supposed to fight on May 14th, 2016 at UFC 198. Back then, Silva pulled out of the bout after requiring surgery to remove his gallbladder.

Hall's age is one of the reasons why the UFC odds favor him. Six of his Silva's 10 career losses have come in his last eight fights and he's lost speed, reflexes and anticipation. Hall should win this fight, unless he somehow crumbles under his respect for Silva. Silva's best days are well behind him but there's no value on betting Hall at -225 and if the fight goes the distance, the judges might let Silva ride off into the sunset with a win. That said, the play I like is the Over, I don't see Hall finishing Silva.

My Pick: Over 4.5 rounds (-110) at Heritage (visit our Heritage Review)

Over 4.5 rounds(-110)
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