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UFC on ESPN+ 39: Hall vs. Silva Picks

Uriah Hall and Anderson Silva clash in a middleweight headliner on Halloween in Anderson Silva's last UFC fight.

Shawn Craymen

After having a big pay per view last week that featured Khabib Nurmagomedov's retirement, the UFC gives us a pretty underwhelming card headlined by yet another retirement! This time we'll be seeing the retirement of Anderson Silva. None of the fights are particularly interesting but there are some easy bets to be made.

Greg Hardy vs Maurice Greene

Greg Hardy still in the UFC, eh? And he’s not horrendous~ In fact, he’s had some finishes and went to a decision with a top 10 heavyweight. Say what you want about Hardy’s checkered past but he’s taking fighting seriously and has become a legitimate UFC-level heavyweight. Maurice Greene is coming off the worst fight I’ve seen in my decade-plus history of watching mixed martial arts that wasn’t some freak-show like Dada 5000 vs Kimbo Slice (RIP). Greene got absolutely rocked by an obese Gian Villante in his last fight and only won because Villane tapped out due to exhaustion. Hardy wins this but I’ll be cringing too hard to actually watch it happen.

Hardy: -335

Kevin Holland vs Charlie Ontiveros

Holland is a prohibitive favorite at -675 and I can definitely see why. Ontiveros is a promotional newcomer and going up one of the UFC’s hottest prospects on two weeks notice. I’d hate to go up against this in my first UFC fight.

Holland: -675

Anderson Silva vs Uriah Hall

This one is pretty chalk. Silva is arguably the greatest fighter in UFC history but he built up his resume 10 years ago. Now, he’s a shell of his former self. Sometimes he’ll remind us who he once was when he pulls out some spinning shit but as we’ve seen in his last two fights he’s just not who he was in 2013. What’s interesting about this match up is Uriah Hall was expected to be Silva’s successor when he was wrecking people in TUF. Seeing Silva’s last UFC fight being against someone who has had his name attached to him for so long is almost poetic. Now on Hall, he’s had issues with being tentative in fights, almost as if he’s afraid of killing someone because he kinda almost did. Hall looks like he’s turned a corner winning his last two fights and I see him extending that to 3 fights. Gonna be sad to see Silva go out on a loss.

Hall: -225