UFC 261: Chris Weidman vs Uriah Hall Picks, Odds, and Predictions

UFC 261: Chris Weidman vs Uriah Hall Picks, Odds, and Predictions Photo by Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Uriah Hall vs. Chris Weidman

Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:00 PM (VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena)

The Line: Chris Weidman -125 / Uriah Hall +105 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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Uriah Hall and Chris Weidman fight Saturday in UFC 261 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

Uriah Hall enters this fight with a 16-9 record and has won 75 percent of his fights by knockout. Hall has split his last eight fights and is coming off an October win over Anderson Silva. Hall is averaging 3.34 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 51 percent. Hall is averaging 0.67 takedown with an accuracy percentage of 38 percent. Hall is coming off a fourth round knockout at UFC Vegas 12 where he landed 61 total strikes and 54 percent of his significant strikes. Hall has produced knockouts in six of his last seven wins and has a chance to win four straight fights for the first time since starting his career with a 4-0 record. There’s not many secrets with Hall, as he’s a pure striker at heart who has heavy hands with one-punch knockout potential, and he uses his knees and legs just as well. Hall is an impressive athlete who can be a bit unpredictable on his feet and is rather accurate with his shots. Hall is always one strike away from completely turning around a fight. A blue belt in BJJ, Hall is also a threat to end things with a solid ground and pound attack. On the other side, Hall has been knocked out in four of his nine career losses. This will be Hall’s first career fight in Florida.

Chris Weidman enters this fight with a 15-5 record and has won 40 percent of his fights by knockout. Weidman has lost five of his last seven fights and is coming off an August win over Omari Akhmedov. Weidman is averaging 3.03 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43 percent. Weidman is averaging 3.93 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 47 percent. Weidman is coming off a decision win at UFC Vegas 6 where he landed 67 total strikes and produced five takedowns. Weidman now looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2014-15. Weidman comes from a wrestling background where he was a two-time All-American, and he’s also a black belt in BJJ. Weidman is highly successful with his takedowns, he keeps guys on the canvas and he usually just wears on his opponents. Weidman is also underrated on his feet, as he slips punches well, is an effective counterpuncher and has some underrated pop in his shots. Weidman has beaten some respectable names in his career, so I wouldn’t write him off just yet despite this rough slump he’s been in over the years. This will be Weidman’s first career fight in Florida.

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This is the classic fight between a striker and wrestler, and Weidman obviously has the edge on the ground, so I can understand why he’s the slight favorite. Weidman also knocked out Hall nearly 11 years ago at Ring of Combat 31, giving Hall his first career loss. With that said, Weidman has been shaky at best over the years and he’s fighting a more experienced Hall, who has been knocking guys out and is in solid form overall. Hall also has solid takedown defense, so it’s not going to be easy for Weidman to get the fight where he ultimately wants it.

Give me Hall and the plus money.

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Randy’s Pick Uriah Hall +105

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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