Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal isn’t the only rematch on the card at UFC 261. Uriah Hall and Chris Weidman were locked inside of a cage together once upon a time.
I have heard people say these two fought in the UFC before but it was actually at Ring of Combat 31 back in 2010.
Chris Weidman won the fight by first round TKO and, of course, went on to defeat Anderson Silva to become the UFC Middleweight Champion of the World.
This one is striker vs grappler and you have to ask yourself, can Chris get this man down a couple of times because if he can, I am quite confident in his top control as well as Uriah freezing up the next time they are on their feet in fear of the next takedown attempt.
That has always been the story with Hall. He has enough talent, speed, size, power, and skill to be a better fighter than he is. If you press forward, he will likely retreat with his back to the fence and wait.
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— U R I A H H A L L (@UriahHallMMA) April 22, 2021
Anthony Showtime Pettis is a good comparison for Uriah Hall. He has the talents and abilities but doesn’t want to lead the dance. They just want to counter and if their opponent knows that, they can feint and then throw combinations that are, of course, much harder to counter.
Uriah Hall hasn’t been able to do it, though. He fought Anderson Silva smart because he knew the old man was there to fight and loved the action.
He knew Andy would lead and eventually the counter shot would be there. Against Chris Weidman, though, at UFC 261 on Saturday night…
Chris isn’t the guy he used to be but he still has one elite technique and that may be 80% of what he needs to get the win over Hall.
More on this technique in a minute.
BetOnline.AG has some excellent value on this fight with the betting odds they released. Let’s take a look at what we have to play with and go from there.
Chris Weidman (-120) vs Uriah Hall (+100)
This betting line opened up with Uriah Hall as the (-135) betting favorite and as you can see, it has just about flipped. I think by fight time, Chris could be (-140) or more. Getting behind Uriah Hall as a favorite is not usually a smart move.
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He was the betting favorite over Anderson Silva but Andy was 44 while Chris is actually the same age as Uriah. They were born less than one month apart.
I think Chris can get him down when he wants. Uriah historically doesn’t have A-level takedown defense and Weidman has a move that is elite. His single leg takedown looks pretty simple but he pulls it off at such a high level, most fighters end up on their butts.
Weidman is a very technical wrestler and with the single leg, you can’t really explode out of it. You have to be technical and Uriah knows what to do but can he do it on the same level as Chris’s offense?
I don’t think so. Chris will have to worry about the flying knee defense from Hall but I just see this one going like most of Uriah’s fights. He gets threatened with either extreme power and aggression like he did against Paulo Costa or it is the threat of the takedown from a strong wrestler that shuts him down.
Weidman will have to be careful not to pressure too hard, cut off the Octagon, and use his strikes to enter in on the single leg. Weidman has been one of the best wrestlers in mixed martial arts and the UFC for nearly a decade.
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— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) April 14, 2021
His durability is the major concern here. I don’t think anyone believes that Uriah Hall has a good chance to win this one by submission or by way of the judges’ scorecards. They think he is going to catch Chris with a punch or kick and the weakened chin of The All American won’t be able to hold up.
Weidman has been TKO’ed a few times in his career and they have almost all been recent but so has Uriah Hall. We can’t sleep on Weidman’s power and timing but I think it will be his wrestling and the threat of that makes the difference in this matchup.
I don’t rate Uriah’s wrestling as high as Omari’s so you have to think Chris will get him to the mat a few times. As I said earlier, Uriah shuts down mentally when he is pressured and there is a major threat.
This has always been the case throughout his MMA career. It sucks because he is one heck of a talent but we have to call it down the middle.
I couldn’t get on the Uriah Hall bandwagon this time around. I did pick him to TKO my hero and still feel proud of myself for that win even though it made me (and Uriah) cry.
Get your bets in now on The All American to use his wrestling to outpoint the low volume Hall, submit him or even get him out of there with strikes. I like the value we have here at just (-120) so play this one straight up.