Predictions for UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva (October 31, 2020)
I was just one result away from a clean sweep at UFC 254. So, this week, it would be great to get all my predictions for UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva right.
Of course, getting everything right is so difficult. At times, it seems as though there is one fight that just doesn’t go your way. In my case, it was Da Un Jung’s draw with Sam Alvey. But hey, such is life, right?
On October 31, yes, Halloween, we have the final fight of Anderson Silva’s career. It’s going to be emotional, that’s for sure. But can Hall beat Silva and place the final nail in Silva’s UFC coffin? Or could a win for the Brazilian in the UFC’s return to Las Vegas lead to a change of mind?
Here’s the first of my predictions for UFC Halloween in Vegas.
Hall to Beat Silva by Decision
I declared Khabib Nurmagomedov the greatest of all time following last week’s UFC 254.
The Russian’s shock retirement at Fight Island marked the end of an era for UFC fans, but another great story is set to reach the end of its last chapter when Anderson Silva faces off with Uriah Hall this weekend.
Now, unlike Khabib, Silva is not retiring anywhere close to his prime. And although many of us will be sad to see “The Spider” spin his final web, at 46 — and with just the one (highly contentious) win from his last eight bouts — it’s about time.
Silva’s greatness will never be forgotten, but the weapons that made him a superstar have all but faded. He has passed the torch on to current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, but Adesanya will never overtake Silva as the middleweight G.O.A.T.
But what’s good news for Uriah Hall is that Silva is so far from his pomp. The American, who is primed to send the Brazilian master in the sunset with one final defeat, must fancy his chances.
Hall is the younger man at 36. Although he was once tipped to follow in Silva’s footsteps, his career has been up and down and best. Questionable gameplans and a propensity to collapse in fights that he should have won have held him back, but a win in Saturday’s main event will mean the world to him.
I don’t expect this to be an easy fight for “Prime Time,” but as I explain in my Hall vs. Silva betting preview, he should have enough to get the job done on the scorecards.
Mitchell to Beat Fili by Submission
Bryce Mitchell is looking to crack the UFC featherweight rankings with a win on Saturday night against Andre “Touchy” Fili.
You just have to love that cage name, right?
Mitchell has a perfect record of 13-0, with three UFC wins and one in the Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finale helping his cause to be recognized as one of the best prospects at 145-pounds.
Fili is 21-7 and holds a record of 9-6 in the promotion. It’s crazy to think that this is his 7th year in the UFC. I can remember him smashing Jeremy Larsen in his debut back in October 2013 and it just does not feel that long ago.
This should be an interesting fight for fans. Fili will undoubtedly prefer to keep things on the feet and build off a solid jab, courtesy of his 4″ reach advantage, and try to set up attacks from the outside. He has the advantage in the striking department but could be caught cold on the floor.
Although Mitchell has yet to face an explosive and cultured striker like Fili, he will be banking on pulling off the tenth submission win of his career. I can see him getting it, too, somewhere in the 2nd Round.
Holland to Beat Muradov by Decision
Kevin Holland is on an upward trajectory in his career, but that could all end if he gets caught out by Makhmud Muradov.
Holland is looking to improve on his 6-2 career inside the cage. He will be going up against a tough operator in Muradov, however, who is looking to take his promotional record to 3-0. The Uzbekistani is unbeaten in four years and is on a 13-fight win streak.
With great fundamentals punctuated by hard, straight shots and formidable wrestling, “Mach” is a guy that can really make an impression in the middleweight division. But still, I think he will have his hands full with Holland.
Why? Well, Holland is younger, taller, and holds almost 6″ reach over Muradov. He is hard to hit and will be especially difficult to get inside due to his movement. He has power, too, so if Muradov tries to force a brawl against Holland, he might drain his tank and trail off by the second round.
I like the look of “Mach,” but I think Holland has enough about him to sway the judges once more.
Hardy to Beat Greene by Decision
A battle of the heavyweight brutes sees Maurice Greene take on former NFL defensive end, Greg Hardy.
This is Hardy’s first appearance inside the Octagon since his win over Yorgan De Castro at UFC 249, and it promises to be a true test. Regardless of his relative inexperience in the fight game, Hardy’s ambitions can be boosted with a win on the night.
Greene comes into this fight 9-4 to Hardy’s 6-2. Like Hardy, he is 1-1 from his last two, although the former footballer’s last loss was to a very talented striker in Alexander Volkov, while Greene was submitted by choke expert Aleksei Oleinik.
Greene is a monster at 6’7″, and I think his best chance of winning this fight comes down to his ability to smother Hardy’s shots. But given Hardy’s speed advantage and mobility, I’m backing him to edge Greene out on the judges’ scorecards. The odds on the top UFC sportsbooks are definitely worth considering.
Green to Beat Moises by Decision
I’ll come out and say it — Green wins this fight by decision.
How did I arrive at that conclusion? Well, Green is the decision king. In fact, he hasn’t earned a stoppage since knocking out James Krause in 2013. That’s a crazy stat.
But he could submit Thiago Moises, right? Wrong. Grappling is definitely the one thing that the Brazilian takes into this fight, and that will simply not happen.
All four of Moises’ defeats have come by way of the judges’ scorecards, and it’s hard to see him losing any other way on the night. Before he submitted Michael Johnson in May, Moises was getting beat up on the feet. I see things going the same way, but without the São Paulo-native getting the sub.
Hernandez to Beat Gruetzemacher by KO/TKO
Alexander Hernandez has taken a couple of big knocks to his ego over the past two years.
Donald Cerrone and Drew Dober earned big stoppage wins over the “The Great,” but this should be a fight that goes his way.
After all, Chris Gruetzemacher hasn’t fought since beating Joe Lauzon in April 2018 and will find it very difficult to deal with the speed, movement, and overall efficiency of Hernandez.
I’m predicting a first-round KO/TKO win for Hernandez.
Yanez to Beat Rodriguez by KO/TKO
Adrian Yanez will probably have too much for Victor Rodriguez, who comes into the fight at late notice.
Yanez is desperate to show his true capabilities in Vegas and will be aiming for a showstopping finish in front of the cameras. He has great movement and excellent striking acumen, and this spells bad trouble for debutant Rodriguez.
I see this one ending in a second-round KO/TKO for Yanez.
Strickland to Beat Marshman by Decision
Providing Sean Strickland can remain calm under the barrage of shots that Abertillery’s Jack Marshman will be sending his way, he should grind this fight out on the cards.
Strickland is 20-3 in his pro career and has been knocked out just once. That defeat came to the exceptionally tricky Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in May 2018, but I don’t expect Marhsman to pose the same threat.
Witt to Beat Williams by KO/TKO
This is arguably the toughest fight to call as both men are relatively similar in strength and skill.
Witt, however, seems to have a real advantage over Williams as he has been the more active of the two. If he can start off well and find his range early, I suspect a knockout could be on the cards.
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Dustin Jacoby vs. Justin Ledet will be an interesting fight, given Jacoby’s development over the years.
Jacoby lost two from two in his first stint in the UFC back in 2011-12 but got a second bite at the apple courtesy of a win over Ty Flores on Dana White’s Contender Series in August.
As it stands, Ledet is 3-3 in the UFC and is on a three-fight skid. With his confidence shot to pieces, and Jacoby’s chance to make amends for his unsuccessful first run in the promotion, I think a Jacoby win by KO/TKO is the best bet in this fight.
Cortney Casey vs. Priscila Cachoeira is another tough one to call.
Cachoeira earned her first win in the promotion with a KO win over Shana Dobson in February. That victory snapped a three-fight skid, and she will be hoping to string together her first UFC streak on the night.
Unfortuantely, I don’t think that will happen against Casey. The American is a very tough operator who has been in there with some of the UFC’s best female fighters. I predict a submission victory for Casey.
Miles Johns vs. Kevin Natividad is a really good matchup to open the prelims at UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva.
Johns and Natividad are both capable of outgunning each other on the night, but I believe that Natividad will be the hungrier fighter.
I’ll take Natividad by way of KO/TKO.
More UFC Bets and Events
The final UFC event in October goes down on Halloween night in Las Vegas.
If that’s a scary prospect, rest assured that it doesn’t mean the end of big fights and events to look forward to. Here is some more UFC betting material that should whet your appetite.
Good luck with your bets!