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FSM Essential Recap: UFC Fight Night- Hall vs. Silva – 10/31/2020


As the UFC returns to its APEX Center for another Fight Night, we may seen the last of a legend.



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In their return to its Apex Center in Las Vegas, the UFC saw one of its all-time greats step in the octagon for what may be the final time. Headlining UFC Vegas 12 in a middleweight clash, Uriah Hall (16-9 12 KOs) stood across from his hero and an idol to many, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-11).

Hall picked up the victory via fourth-round TKO. The fight would take a moment to get going as most Silva fights take a few minutes to pick up the action as he looks to measure up his opens and find openings and spacing. Once things got going, it was a back and forth of both fighters showing off their offensive abilities.

With his trademark “keeping you guessing,” Silva attacks you with flying arms and head movement as he waits for you to leave yourself open for a strike, while Hall would find a home for his jab and string right hands. At the end of the third round, Hall landed a stiff right hook that dropped the former champion and, if not for time running out, might’ve seen the fight end there.

Nonetheless, as the fourth round was underway, Silva looked aggressive once again and came forward with a combination attack, but Hall timed it perfectly and clipped Silva with a right on the chin. After some ground and pound strikes, the referee stepped in to call off the fight as Hall picked up the biggest win over the most accomplished fighter he may ever face.


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Post-fight in the octagon, Silva and Hall would bow to one another, showing signs of respect, and Hall even came to tears as he shared how much he loved Silva. He even apologized but said he was still one of the best. Silva, the warrior he is, gave Hall advice about staying focused and even encouraged him to fight for the title one day.

All in all, it was as clear as can be that despite possibly going out on a sour note, the fight world loves and respects what Silva has done during his time in the cage. Is this the last we’ve seen of the Spider? In his post-fight interview, he started by saying yes; this was his last time-fighting in the UFC but then ended with, we’ll see what happens after I go home and rest.

Either way, it’s been nothing more than a pleasure and privilege to have witnessed one of the sports greatest of all time compete. Thank You, Anderson, for the memories.


Also on the card we saw some emerging contenders and a former NFL star show he’s a force to be reckoned with.


In the co-main event, Bryce Mitchell improved to 14-0, keeping his undefeated streak alive as he defeated Andre Fili (21-8) via unanimous decision. That’s five wins in a row for the Arkansas native inside the UFC, and as the featherweight division grows and grows with more and more contenders for a title shot, Mitchell is showing that his name deserves to be on that list heading into 2021.

Also on the card was former NFL standout Greg Hardy (7-2 6 KOS), who finished Maurice Green (9-5) via second-round TKO. Hardy, who has been nothing short of impressive in his MMA career, has now won two in a row and is looking to continue his rise up the heavyweight ranks as he sacks the competition (I know, but sorry, couldn’t help myself).

One more name worth mentioning from tonight’s action, stepping in the octagon for the fourth time this year, Kevin Holland (20-5 10 KOs 6 SUBs), won his bout against Charlie Ontiveros via second-round neck injury. Being one of the most active fighters on the roster, Holland, who made his promotion debut in August of 2018, has already had 9 fights going 7-2. After his win, he shared some words with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya who was ringside tonight to watch one of his idols, Silva, compete. On a winning streak, Holland could see himself step up in competition and, with a couple more wins, find himself standing across from the champion in the octagon one day soon.



Another good fight card is in the books as the UFC continues to entertain us week after week during this period we’ve been in. A legend of the sport might’ve fought his final fight and while we are sad to see him go, it was one of the best rides while it lasted. Thank You.


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