UFC 257: Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall make their not-so-gracious return to the Octagon.
For the first time in nearly three years, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva returned to the Octagon for a fight against Uriah “Primetime” Hall.
Hall started off strong, landing a strong right hand early in the first round that sent Silva reeling to the canvas. Silva took a few minutes to collect himself, but he was able to recover and come back with some strikes of his own as Round 1 came to an end.
Both fighters landed some huge strikes in Round 2, which made it tough for either fighter to get the upper hand. However, Silva was able to land a big left kick from Hall’s guard before the end of Round 2 that put him down for good.
In Round 3, both fighters continued to swing for the fences with punches and kicks galore. However, it was Hall who seemed to have more energy and momentum going into the final round. A counter right hand from Silva landed flush on Hall’s head and eventually ended up knocking him out cold at 4:39 of Round 3..
The UFC hosted another fight night in Las Vegas on Saturday. As you would expect, it was a pretty good night of fights. The headliners were Anderson Silva versus Uriah Hall and Brad Tavares versus Marvin Vettori.
Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall both made their not-so-gracious return to the octagon. Both UFC veterans have shown noticeable declines in their performances over the past few years, so fans were excited to see how they would do against one another on Saturday night.
Anderson Silva has not fought since February of 2019, when he lost to Israel Adesanya at UFC 234 by unanimous decision. In his last three fights, he is 1-2 and the lone win came by split-decision against Derek Brunson back in February of 2017.
Uriah Hall has not fought since November of 2018, when he beat Bevon Lewis by TKO at UFC Fight Night 139: Korean Zombie vs. Rodriguez. In his last four fights he is 2-2 with a win over Antonio Carlos Junior and Krzysztof Jotko along with losses to Paulo Costa and Gegard Mousasi.
It’s been a while since we have seen Anderson Silva in the octagon. In fact, the last fight that he had was all the way back in November of 2019, and he lost via unanimous decision to Jared Cannonier. He is not the fighter that he used to be. He has definitely lost a step, but with that being said, I do not believe that he is done with fighting just yet. He has got some pretty good fights left in him.
On the other hand, Uriah Hall has had a really tough run as of late, losing four out of his last five fights. His last win came against Bevon Lewis all the way back in December of 2018. Prior to that he defeated Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 124 on January 14th of 2018. This is a guy who absolutely needs a win right now, or else it could be curtains for him at this point in his career.
There is no doubt that both guys need this win desperately. They are both coming off some pretty bad runs as of late and they have got to be looking to make some changes here if they are going to continue fighting in the UFC and try to get back into contention for another title shot someday down the road.
In the days leading up to UFC 257, there was a lot of talk about Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall. The two men, who are 43 and 36 years old respectively, are among the best fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. But their recent performances have left many fans wondering if they have anything left in the tank.
Hall is coming off a second-round knockout loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 260 in March. Silva has not won a fight in nearly five years and has lost three straight bouts. Both men were also 0-3 in their previous three fights going into Saturday’s pay-per-view event at Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
The stakes were high for both men heading into UFC 257, but both fell short of expectations as they lost by knockout to middleweights Marvin Vettori and Kevin Holland on the main card.
Silva was taken down early and never really got back into the fight after Vettori landed a right hook that stunned him early in the first round. He did land a few solid shots that made Vettori wince, but he never really threatened to finish the fight or even put Vettori on his heels.
Silva tried to get back into the match
Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall squared off for the third time in their careers at UFC Vegas 12. It was a one-sided affair, with Hall putting on a striking clinic against the former middleweight champion.
The two previously fought at UFC 198 back in 2016. Silva was supposed to be on his way out of the octagon before the rematch, but he suffered a broken leg in the first fight. They were scheduled to meet again at UFC 175, but Hall was forced to withdraw due to injury.
It was clear Silva had very little left to offer when it comes to fighting at this level. It’s not known what Anderson will do next, but it’s unlikely he’ll be returning to the octagon any time soon.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Silva said it “wasn’t even close” and that he knows he needs to have another fight after that performance. He said he wants to fight again in 2017 and would like to go up against Michael Bisping because he thinks Bisping is “a good fighter.” He also stated that he didn’t want to fight Anderson Silva because “Anderson is a friend of mine.”
Silva was given a six-month medical suspension following his loss and will need clearance by an orthopedic
The UFC made its return to pay-per-view Saturday night at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with a pair of rematches.
In the main event, Dustin Poirier (27-6) picked up his third consecutive win since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in September 2019 when he knocked out Conor McGregor (22-5) in Round 2. It was a rematch from their 2014 fight that McGregor won by first-round knockout.
Poirier used his jab and leg kicks to control the first round. He also landed a few solid overhand rights. But it was an illegal knee in Round 2 that proved to be the difference in the fight.
As McGregor went for a takedown, he landed an illegal knee on Poirier’s head as he had a knee on the ground. Referee Leon Roberts told McGregor he had five minutes to recover and deducted a point from him. Poirier regained his composure and started landing combinations that included some hard left hooks. He dropped McGregor with one of those hooks and finished him off with strikes on the ground at 2:32 of Round 2.
In the co-main event, former champion Michael Chandler (22-5) made his UFC debut by knocking
I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point in time, the UFC decided to make their pay-per-view events subscription based.
The UFC has been around since 1993 and they’ve held over 500 events. That’s a lot of fights to have on your list of accomplishments.
I get it, you want to make money. I mean, who doesn’t? But why do you have to make it so hard for your fans? I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t afford pay-per-view events every weekend. It’s just not feasible.
The UFC is one of the most popular sports in the world with millions of fans all over the globe. So why are they making it so hard for us to watch?
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m getting pretty pissed off about this whole pay-per-view thing that’s going on with the UFC.
It’s bad enough that we have to pay $50-$70 for a fight card that only has two or three fights worth watching…but now we’re expected to fork over another $65 just to watch the main event?
That’s just ridiculous!
Don’t get me wrong…I love the UFC and I think it