It might not be the last time we see Anderson Silva fight, but we should savor the moment nonetheless.
That’s an important distinction to make given that Saturday’s UFC Vegas 12 middleweight main event was marketed as Silva’s last appearance – at least for the UFC – despite the fact that he has left the door open for a comeback in interviews and still have some fighting left. on-going contract. Regardless, the UFC has played with the narrative, as have many of us in the media who are happy to take this opportunity to speak poetically about Silva’s greatness.
He has a suitable foe to send him to Uriah Hall, the elder Ultimate fighter standout who, at the height of her powers, drew comparisons to Silva for her dynamic and striking style. Seven years after starting his UFC run, Hall has yet to live up to those high expectations, but now he has the chance to claim a victory over one of the greatest fighters of all time. and in doing so, perhaps reinsert itself into the title image.
The co-main event has implications for the contenders as well, with undefeated Bryce Mitchell looking to go 5-0 in the Octagon and move forward in his quest to become the first Arkansas fighter to fight for the gold in the UFC. He has a tough task ahead of him as he meets the always-matched Andre Fili, a 15-fight UFC veteran.
In another main card action, Greg Hardy meets Maurice Greene in a heavyweight fight, middleweight Kevin Holland fights for the third time in three months when he takes on short-notice replacement Charlie Ontiveros, and veteran lightweight Bobby Green puts on a three-game winning streak. online against submission specialist Thiago Moises.
What: UFC Vegas 12
Or: UFC APEX in Las Vegas
When: Saturday October 31. The six-fight preliminary card begins at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN +, with the five-fight main card starting at 7 p.m. also on ESPN +.
Uriah Hall contre Anderson Silva
You have no idea how much I want to choose Anderson Silva here.
It’s not just a matter of fandom or nostalgia – although I imagine even the most objective analyst would be hard-pressed not to root for another vintage performance of “The Spider” – it is the fact. that Silva hasn’t really watched it’s horrible in one of his recent outings even though he has struggled to find a win for the past eight years. Granted, the first round loss to Jared Cannonier may have been a legitimate indicator that Silva’s time is up, but before that he had three rounds with current champion Israel Adesanya, clinching a controversial victory over Derek Brunson , and also lasted three rounds. against Daniel Cormier in a light and heavy fight in which he had no interest.
Even his loss to Michael Bisping occurred in a fight where it appeared he knocked out Bisping in the third round! Yes, he’s 45, but are we sure we’re not counting Silva too early? Sometimes it feels like he’d be able to get over the bump if he could just pull the trigger like before.
Yet it is this loss of half a step (or more) that makes it illogical to go against Uriah Hall here. While we still think Silva is technically superior in both stand-up and wrestling, Hall has surely bridged the gap between them over the years and when you factor in Silva’s decline in athletics the equation. leans in favor of Hall. Hall has shown a great deal of maturity in his last two outings and has always had a reputation as a fighter who, when locked up, can compete with anyone weighing 185 pounds. It would have been an intriguing match for a first Silva. Against today’s Silva, it’s his fight to lose.
Hall by decision.
To choose: room
Bryce Mitchell vs. Andre Fili
I admit I’m terrible when it comes to gauging how close a prospect is to making the jump, so keep that in mind when I say Bryce Mitchell’s unbeaten run ends on Saturday against Andre Fili. .
Mitchell’s high-octane grappling hook and endless motor make him thrilling to watch, and if he sets the pace early on, it’s hard for any opponent to come out of the deficit. That shouldn’t be a problem for Fili, a fast fighter with a solid take-out defense. He will have to face an early storm as I expect Mitchell to shoot at the first opportunity to fight on the mat.
In this case, defense and experience should win, both in Fili’s favor. Then again, I could be completely wrong and Mitchell’s grappling is just too much for “Touchy”. Throw in the fact that he’s probably +5 in all attributes thanks to his Magic Camouflage Shorts, and maybe Mitchell will show he’s the real deal at 145 pounds.
I always go Fili.
To choose: Son
Greg Hardy vs. Maurice Greene
When you’re still making your way through the lower and middle ranks of the heavyweight division, athletics can take you a long way. That’s the advantage Greg Hardy had at the start of his fighting career and it’s the one he will have against Maurice Greene as well.
I don’t think it will be enough this time around. While the UFC has done a great job of matchmaking Hardy, Greene is the rigorous test needed to bring him back to reality. He can be goofy at times, but “The Crochet Boss” is well versed in kickboxing, and on the pitch, he’ll be a handful for Hardy if he can take the fight there. This is where the quickest route to victory lies and I see Greene using a smart game plan to take out Hardy and submit him before the third.
To choose: Greene
Kevin Holland vs. Charlie Ontiveros
First off, kudos to Charlie Ontiveros for even managing to fight the night after a bizarre situation last July in which he was supposed to make his UFC debut on short notice replacing Eric Spicely, only to find out that ‘it was not medically. cleared even before having had the chance to step on the scale.
Kevin Holland welcomes him to the Octagon, apparently making his mandatory monthly appearance for the UFC. Holland have already had wins in August and September, so why not get three straight wins in less than 90 days?
Holland is understandably a big favorite here, but keep in mind that he rolls the dice every time he gets into one of those fights against a lesser-known opponent. Ontiveros has good hitting fundamentals and while he can’t quite match Holland’s reach, he’s got the size to fight Holland melee. If he can mix things up early, he can threaten to be upset.
What made Holland such a joy – and sometimes frustrating – to watch was its adaptability. He likes to take a look at his opponent’s best weapons and challenge them there, but he also improves himself to take the path of least resistance. In Joaquin Buckley’s fight, he showed he won’t be put off by a newcomer for bankruptcy, so he shouldn’t be caught off guard by Ontiveros.
Another thing that works against Ontiveros is that he’s a glass cannon, with his six knockout losses. Holland will add to this number.
To choose: Hollande
Thiago Moises vs. Bobby Green
Do you know what’s weird? Thiago Moises just beat Michael Johnson, and I think Michael Johnson would have a good chance of beating Bobby Green, but I choose Bobby Green to beat Thiago Moises.
Green has defensive tools that will make life difficult for the aggressive Moises, a classic Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace with raw power. It’s hard for me to imagine anything other than a scenario where Green avoids Moises’ takedown attempts, slips in his few wild punches, and places Moises in for three rounds. There is a formula for a green victory at this point and it’s up to Moises to disrupt it.
One element in Moises’ favor is that he can be incredibly creative in the way he sets up submissions. If Green is carefree for even a second and Moises takes it, he’s done. Green has shown a strong submission defense throughout his career, without a slap on his ledger in nearly 11 years.
It’s not a sexy choice, but Green is getting the job done here for his fourth W.
To choose: vert
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