Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall UFC 198 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 5/14/16
Uriah Hall vs. Anderson Silva
UFC: Saturday, March 14, 2016 (Arena da Baixada)
The Line: Anderson Silva -120 / Uriah Hall +100 Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall fight Saturday night during UFC 198 at the Arena da Baixada.
Anderson Silva enters this fight with a 33-7 record and has won 67 percent of his fights by knockout. Silva has split his last six fights and is coming off a February loss to Michael Bisping. Silva is averaging 3.19 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 63.9 percent. Silva is averaging 0.59 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 77.7 percent. Silva hasn’t looked the same since breaking his leg against Chris Weidman, and he hasn’t won a fight since 2012. At 41 years old, you wonder if Silva is eventually going to retire due to his current form. However, we know what Silva is capable of, as he still has knockout power and is one of the more experienced fighters in the sport. This will be Silva’s 11th fight in Brazil, his home country.
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Uriah Hall enters this fight with a 13-6 record and has won 77 percent of his fights by knockout. Hall has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a November loss to Robert Whittaker. Hall is averaging 3.18 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 53 percent. Hall is averaging 1.15 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 41.1 percent. Hall has been hit or miss throughout his UFC career, as he has the athleticism to provide flash strikes but has a reputation of not being aggressive enough. Five of Hall’s six losses have come by decision and that number could be trimmed if he focused more on the offensive end. Hall has shown flashes of potential as four of his last five wins have come by knockout. This will be Hall’s first fight in Brazil and third outside of the United States.
Talk about a toss up fight, huh? Silva is the bigger name and is fighting in his backyard, but he’s a shell of himself at this point and is fighting a guy a decade younger than him. Hall has the potential to get his career on the upswing but continues to be a hit or miss fighter that struggles to turn the corner. You really don’t know what you’re going to get in this fight from either guy.
If forced to pick, I’m siding with Hall due to the athleticism and youth advantage.