UFC Fight Night Betting Pick: Anderson Silva vs Uriah Hall

As a fan of Anderson Silva, I have to say that I never thought this day would come. Watching him compete over the past 7 years has been pretty gut-wrenching for me.

Even though he has stated in post-fight interviews that he knows he is too old to fight but it’s who he is and he loves it that much. Despite the wishes of his fans and his family, Silva doesn’t want to stop.

He has said, though, that this Halloween will be the last time we see Anderson the Spider Silva in a competitive setting inside of the UFC Octagon.

I don’t want to take up your Friday or Saturday with all of my Anderson Silva is the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time because of this or because of that. There will be some content coming out next week breaking down some of the GOAT candidates including Silva, of course, but also Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Let’s focus on this fight right here, though. Uriah Hall silenced an entire room when he knocked out Adam Cella with a spinning heel kick on The Ultimate Fighter reality show.

Hall’s career hasn’t exactly panned out like many of us expected but he doesn’t suck and is currently fighting better than he ever has. After making the move from Las Vegas, a town he referred to as “distracting”, Uriah landed at Fortis MMA in Texas.

Vegas, distracting? For the life of me, I can’t see wh…

Hall switched up his training camp around the time the lockdown hit and he lived by himself inside of the gym. Uriah is a New Yorker but Vegas can take down even the mightiest of men.

I can’t imagine being a famous athlete living in Las Vegas. I got a taste of that life just a few times living there and turns out, it was a lot of fun. I was almost glad that I wasn’t one of those UFC stars because I don’t know if I could handle it.

That last statement is only partly true. Moving on.

Post 38-Year-Old Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva, as amazing as he once was, has now lost 6 of his last 8 fights including having his leg blown out by an inside leg kick from Jared Cannonier.

The other five losses, though, have all come against UFC World Champions. His fight with Michael Bisping back in 2016 does carry some controversy. I thought he won when he kneed the Brit in the face and Michael couldn’t get to his corner on his own.

The rule is the fight is over if they are that bad off that they can’t even make it to the corner by themselves. Think about it. If they can barely walk, how are they supposed to fight the great striker of all time?

Anderson went the distance with both Daniel Cormier and Israel Adesanya. Haters will say that they carried him or his fight with the latter was more of a sparring match but haters hate.

That’s literally what they do.

Silva hurt Daniel to the body with a front kick in that fight and DC, a world champ at not one but 2 weight classes above, played it nice and safe.

The point being:

Silva is still dangerous and even though he hasn’t looked very good past the age of 40, he is fighting some studs! Jared Cannonier just fought a #1 contenders fight this past weekend in the co-main event of one of the biggest pay per views of all time.

Anderson edged Derek Brunson, a highly powerful and explosive takedown/knockout artist, and beat Nick Diaz in a technical war.

He was just coming back from his leg being snapped in half in that fight too. Anderson Silva, at the age of 40, took just 13 months to recover and fight a former world champion in his prime.

Nick is a little smaller. I will give you that but 13 months? At 40?

Nick tested positive for the sticky icky and Andy pees hot for steroids. Now, people want to brand him a lifetime user. I think he had some honest people around him that told him he was probably never going to fight again if his leg didn’t recover at an optimal albeit exogenous level.

That’s what steroids do. They are for recovery and most all NFL and other high-level athletes are taking something when they are recovering from major surgery. They are listed as out of competition, so they are rarely tested.

I told you I would ramble about my hero, didn’t I?

Let’s take a look at the betting odds provided to us by the boys over at BetOnline and see what our best play would be for the high level striking matchup between Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall.

Uriah Hall (-225) vs Anderson Silva (+185)

The betting line for this fight opened at (-180) for Uriah Hall and (+155) for Anderson Silva.

The reason people think Anderson has a good chance at victory in this fight is that they think it will be another “sparring match” like he had with Adesanya.

If that happens, Anderson is the best MMA striker of all time for a reason. There is his drastically reduced reaction time to take into consideration.

The Spider hasn’t been able to take a good leg kick on either leg for a long time. Hall has some great coaching down there with Sayif Saud and I think it will be a heavy dose of jabs and low kicks.

Maybe Anderson shoots a takedown?

Maybe I’m dreaming but the double legs he went for in his career were usually successful because of how well they were timed and, of course, the element of surprise.

We can’t count on him to do that nor can we assume he would be successful. Uriah Hall has been taken down and controlled in his career but he is always dealing with fighters taking that approach with him.

Hall is no spring chicken himself, though, at 36 years of age. He is still pre-38, though, and that is when we see a dramatic drop-off in regards to reaction time.

That is key here, maybe even more than Silva’s inability to absorb or check leg kicks. I honestly don’t see Uriah Hall losing this fight if he sticks to the jab and the low kick.

It worked out pretty well for Jared Cannonier who isn’t that far away from Uriah in size or style.

Hall has an extraordinary reach as well of 79” but is listed at just 6’ tall. I’ve sparred with Hall a few times and he was super nice and didn’t kill me. Thank you sir but I remember seeing his hands outside of his gloves.

I have small hands and I’m a fight coach so I am always noticing hand sizes even with 4-year-olds. Uriah Hall has SOME MITTS.

Anderson has good reach for his 6’2” frame with 77” and he is used to having that range. That is just another thing that will work against him.

This is also a 5-round fight. It’s a main event and that just gives Uriah more chances to knock out the Brazilian.

Listening to some colleagues, I was really surprised that they were picking Silva here. Uriah Hall has been a bit of a flake in his career but it was usually against guys who relentlessly tried to take him down or a pressure power striker overwhelming him like Paulo Costa.

Silva is a counter fighter as is Uriah so will this be a staring match?

  • I don’t think so. Hall has said very clearly that he is coming in here to take off the head and/or legs of his opponent. There will be no respect shown when the fight is going on.
  • I don’t believe that Anderson Silva’s body can withstand the damage that will likely be inflicted over 5 rounds by such a long strong powerful striker like Uriah Hall.

This is his last chance at potentially winning a world championship. Hall matches up quite well with division kingpin Israel Adesanya too.

He will be locked and loaded and no mercy will be shown.

Do we want to lay the (-225) for a win or take a bigger chance on a method of victory? As I said, I just don’t see this one going 5 rounds more often than not and I cap this one at (-350) for the favorite, Hall.

That number may sound ridiculous but I think Uriah is one of the worst matchups for The Spider. Some would think a dominant wrestler and/or submission artist would be his kryptonite here but I don’t think so.

His durability and reaction time are his biggest concerns and against someone as long and powerful as he is with great timing and a speed advantage is going to be a problem.

Hall checks all the boxes for me. Anderson Silva has been seeing the shots coming that hit him. He’s just not reacting. I’ve been there. It’s a neurological thing and luckily, I was still young enough to get it back.

This was at 35. Andy is 45.

I just think he will get finished by strikes in this fight. I am tempted to bet very heavy but we found some plus money that may save me the trouble.

Uriah Hall is (+165) to finish this fight by TKO at BetOnline. We just hit (+165) for a Khabib Nurmagomedov submission win. This could be our lucky number.

My Pick
Hall by TKO

In Conclusion

Uriah Hall has not lived up to expectations but he’s pretty darn good. That’s what we get for giving him expectations. That is such a bad word!

Expect, hate, should, can’t…

They’re of the devil, I say! Just eliminate them.

Anyway, bet Uriah Hall by TKO this weekend. I think he TKO’s Anderson Silva about 75% of the time. I know that sounds kind of ridiculous but every year you age after 40 is like aging 3 in fight years.

The Spider’s last win was 3.5 years ago and before that, nearly 6 years ago.

I love the guy more than anyone I have ever met and I always will. I could bet 1,000 bucks on Hall by TKO and I would still be pulling for Anderson Silva.

I’m an idiot. I know. I went against my heart last week in the main event and I have to do it again for the Halloween fight between Uriah Hall and Anderson Silva.

Uriah Hall has not lived up to expectations but he’s pretty darn good. That’s what we get for giving him expectations. That is such a bad word!

Expect, hate, should, can’t… They’re of the devil, I say! Just eliminate them.

Anyway, bet Uriah Hall by TKO this weekend. I think he TKO’s Anderson Silva about 75% of the time. I know that sounds kind of ridiculous but every year you age after 40 is like aging 3 in fight years.

The Spider’s last win was 3.5 years ago and before that, nearly 6 years ago.

I love the guy more than anyone I have ever met and I always will. I could bet 1,000 bucks on Hall by TKO and I would still be pulling for Anderson Silva.

I’m an idiot. I know.

I went against my heart last week in the main event and I have to do it again for the Halloween fight between Uriah Hall and Anderson Silva.

Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.