UFC Fight Night: Main And Co-Main Event Odds, Preview, and Predictions
On Halloween night we have one of the 'GOATS,' Anderson Silva, squaring off against one of the flashiest fighters in the UFC, Uriah Hall. Also, in the co-main event we have a showdown between 2 fighters in the featherweight division looking to inch closer to a title shot. Let's see how these fighters matchup...
Middleweight Matchup (185): Anderson Silva (34-10-0, 1NC) vs. Uriah Hall (16-9-0)
It's been sad to watch the decline of Silva in the octagon because he's 1-4 in his last 5 fights. However, his 4 losses have come against elite competition that includes Michael Bisping, Daniel Cormier, Israel Adesanya, and Jared Cannonier. With that being said, Silva hasn't won since 2017 when he defeated Derek Brunson by unanimous decision. In what will be most likely his last UFC fight, at 45 years old, Silva has left a tarnished legacy in the UFC from testing positive for performing enhancing drugs, to getting KO'd twice by Chris Weidman, to prolonging his MMA career into his mid 40's. Despite his recent downfall, we cannot forget that Silva was once the most dominant fighters in the UFC and it could be argued that he was the 'GOAT' in his prime. Now, his UFC journey has lead him to a 5 round main event fight with Uriah Hall where he will look to cap off his UFC run with a win. Silva is comfortable wherever the fight goes because he has excellent counter striking and a stellar ground game with a black belt in BJJ. Also, he has a 65% KO/TKO rate in his victories and likes to stay patient on the feet and pick his shots wisely to put his opponent to sleep. This fight will likely be a stand up chess match and Silva has thrived in those throughout his career, but we will see if he can keep up with the speed of Hall at 45 years old.
On the other side of the octagon, we have a fighter that has had an interesting UFC career thus far. Hall was once touted as one of the hottest prospects in the UFC, but has ended up with a modest career with an 8-6 record inside the octagon so far. However, before we judge him based on his record, some of his losses have come against big names that includes Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson, Gegard Mousasi, and Paulo Costa. Currently, Hall is riding a 2 fight win streak with victories over Bevon Lewis and Antônio Carlos Júnior, which is nothing to be ecstatic about. He's a streaky fighter inside the octagon and has put himself in a position to catapult up the rankings with a big win over a legend in the UFC, and hopefully push for a title shot in the future. He has a 80% KO/TKO rate in his victories and it's no surprise that he prefers to keep the fight standing at all costs. Also, despite being the shorter fighter, Hall will have a 2.5 inch reach advantage over Silva on Saturday night and he will look to use it to beat Silva to the punch in their exchanges.
Even though these 2 fighters are known as finishers, it may be worth looking at the decision prop because Silva has only been KO'd 3 times in his career in weird ways to Weidman and Cannonier. Also, Silva went the distance with current champion Isreal Adysanya in February 2019, and Hall is not nearly the same caliber as him from a technical standpoint. I will take Hall to win on Saturday, but I think it could end up being a boring striking battle where Hall will edge out Silva on points on route to a decision win.
Prediction: Hall (-230)
Bulldogs Risky Pick: Hall by Decision (+220)
Featherweight Matchup (145): Bryce Mitchell (13-0-0) vs. Andre Fili (21-7-0)
Bryce 'Thug Nasty' Mitchell might have the best nickname in the UFC. He's taken the UFC by storm with his outgoing personality and humble roots from Arkansas. But, he's also been an absolute savage inside the octagon and has a 73% submission finish rate in his victories. Mitchell's top control is smothering and dominant as his opponents have a difficult time getting up once they are taken down. He's 4-0 in the UFC and has won with relative ease so far, but hasn't faced top competition yet as his last win came in May 2020 against Charles Rosa where he won by unanimous decision. Now, he has a chance to inch his way closer to a top contender fight as he's set to face off against a UFC veteran. At just 30 years old, Fili has been fighting in the UFC since 2013 and has shared the octagon with notable fighters such as Yair Rodríguez and Calvin Kattar However, he lost those fights and faced them years ago when they were just entering the UFC. Also, Fili will have a huge 4 inch reach advantage in this fight and he will be desperate to keep it standing because he loves to strike and get into dog fights. According to the UFC stats, he's landing 4 significant strikes per minute compared to Mitchell's 1.83. Even though Fili will definitely be the more experienced fighter in this matchup, Mitchell just seems to have that 'it' factor at just 26 years old. Mitchell will look to make this a messy fight and I see him outworking Fili in the grappling department and drag him to the mat. Mitchell is relentless with his takedowns and I'm going to take him to finish this fight by submission.
Prediction: Mitchell (-145)
Bulldogs Risky Pick: Mitchell by Submission (+250)