Spooky season concludes with a frightening night of fights as the UFC returns stateside for UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Hall, on Halloween night! A few of the night’s most tantalizing treats include the recently announced Andre “Touchy” Fili taking on Bryce “Thug Nasty” Mitchell (two of the best nicknames in the fight game if you ask me), and Uriah Hall facing Anderson Silva in what will be his last fight before retirement. Follow along as we look at each of this Saturday’s main card matchups, give the current betting odds, and give our picks and predictions for how we see each of those fights going down.
Bobby Green (27-10-1) vs. Thiago Moisés (13-4)
Bovada betting odds as of 10/25/20: Green (-270), Moises (+210)
In the opening act of the main card, Bobby Green takes on Thiago Moises. Riding a 3-fight, 2020 win streak, Bobby Green enters fight week as a sizeable -270 favorite. Before his win over Clay Guida back in June that kickstarted this streak however, Green was just 1-5-1 in his last 7 with the UFC. Thiago Moises is coming off of arguably the biggest win of his career – a second-round submission over Michael Johnson back in May. Moises, who’s currently 3-2 with the UFC, seems to be undervalued entering fight week, and I’d expect for the line to move throughout the week as more money is placed on him for the upset.
Our pick: Moises, decision
Maurice Greene (9-5) vs. Greg Hardy (6-2-0, 1NC)
Bovada betting odds as of 10/25/20: Hardy (-315), Greene (+245)
Next up, Maurice Greene enters fight week as the largest underdog on the main card as he goes against Greg Hardy. Greene will be making his 6th walk to the Octagon by way of TUF. He’s 3-2 with the UFC, and he’s coming off of a big win over Gian Villante back in June. Ex-NFL All-Pro Greg Hardy will be making his 7th UFC appearance. He’s 3-2 with 1 no contest, and he’s coming off of one of his best performances in a decision over Yorgan De Castro at UFC 249. There’s no doubt that Hardy is a freak athlete, and his ceiling is immensely high! He might not be ready to tackle top UFC talent yet, but he should have no problem getting through Maurice Greene Saturday night.
Our pick: Hardy, 1st-round KO/TKO
Kevin Holland (19-5) vs. Makhmud Muradov (24-6)
Bovada betting odds as of 10/25/20: Holland (-165), Muradov (+135)
In the third act of the main card, we’ve got Kevin Holland taking on Makhmud Muradov. Kevin Holland has been very active since signing with the UFC in mid-2018, and he will be making his 9th walk to the Octagon this Saturday night. He’s currently riding a 3-fight win streak, he’s won 6 out of his last 7, and he’s taken down some pretty big names in that span – John Phillips, Gerald Meerschaert, Anthony Hernandez, Joaquin Buckley and most recently Darren Stewart. At only 27 years of age, Holland is on the short list of up-and-coming fighters putting the UFC on notice. Makhmud Muradov will be making his 3rd walk to the Octagon Saturday night and just his first appearance of 2020. Muradov enters fight week as the slight +135 underdog, however he is on a 13-fight win streak, and he’s won 17 out of his last 18.
Our pick: Holland, decision
Andre Fili (21-7) vs. Bryce Mitchell (13-0)
Bovada betting odds as of 10/25/20: Mitchell (-170), Fili (+140)
In the co-main event, we’ve got what promises to be a fantastically-fun fight in Andre Fili vs. Bryce Mitchell. Fili will be making his 16th UFC appearance this Saturday. He had a spectacular start to his career, going 13-1 including his UFC debut, though since then, Fili has struggled to string together consecutive wins, going only 8-6 in his last 14. Fili has, however, won 3 out of his last 4, and he looks to keep that momentum going as he takes on Bryce Mitchell. The undefeated Mitchell enters fight week as a -170 favorite, and in only 3 UFC appearances, he’s already made quite an impression. His first bout was a Fight of the Night performance over Bobby Moffett, followed by Mitchell locking up just the second Twister in UFC history in his encore appearance with the organization. And, most recently, Mitchell put on an absolute clinic over Charles Rosa at UFC 249.
Our pick: Mitchell, 2nd-round submission – TWISTER (that’s right, you heard it hear first!)
Uriah Hall (16-9) vs. Anderson Silva (34-10-0, 1NC)
Bovada betting odds as of 10/25/20: Hall (-225), Silva (+175)
In the main event, Uriah Hall gets the honor of bidding farewell to one the greatest to ever do it, Anderson “The Spider” Silva. Hall will be making is 15th UFC appearance, and he enters fight week as a -225 favorite. Hall, 8-6 in the UFC, has gathered up some steam as of late, winning 3 out of his last 4. His only loss in that span came at the hands of Paulo Costa, and Hall currently sits at #10 in the UFC Middleweight rankings. Anderson Silva spent a UFC record 2,457 days holding the Middleweight belt, spanning a 16-fight win streak from 2006 until 2013. During those years, Silva was invincible, he was masterful. Watching Silva fight was akin to what one must’ve felt watching Da Vinci paint, or Michelangelo chisel. One punch would change it all – as Silva was taunting Chris Weidman during the main event of UFC 162, a left hook landed to his chin, delivering the first KO to Silva’s then 37-fight career. Silva, of course, suffered that gruesome leg injury in their rematch, and since then, has added only 1 win to his resume. Many will argue that Silva should had long retired, however I for one am glad to see him go out in his own time and on his own terms.
Our pick: Hall, decision
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