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UFC on ESPN+ 39: Uriah Hall emotionally pounds out Anderson Silva

Uriah Hall (16-9-0) completed his mission with a TKO victory at UFC on ESPN+ 39 in Las Vegas, but it was still bittersweet.

His opponent was only Anderson Silva (34-11-0), the former UFC middleweight champion who terrorized the division from 2006 to 2012 and making his likely final appearance in the octagon.

Silva appeared to look prepared physically, as he did against Israel Adesanya. And the fight through two and a half rounds, was a typical feeling out process, dictated by Silva.

But then reality set in near the end of the third round.

A right hand by Hall connected off the break and floored Silva, who barely made it to the bell. But in the fourth, Hall again capitalized on the counterattack and this time, followup strikes forced referee Herb Dean to call the bout at 1:24.

In a moment of sportsmanship, Hall knelt with Silva after the bout and consoled him.

The win was the third straight for Hall, while Silva potentially left the octagon with just one win and a no-contest in his last nine contests since 2012. Yet, Silva was non-committal about retiring from mixed martial arts.

It looks like we will have to continue to play the waiting game to confirm if Silva does indeed retire from MMA.

Kevin Holland, Alexander Hernandez, Adrian Yanez, and Miles Johns earned performance of the night bonuses and a $50,000 USD bonus apiece. There was no Fight of the Night bonus awarded.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

MILES JOHNS DEF. KEVIN NATVIDAD VIA KO (PUNCHES) R3 2:51

DUSTIN JACOBY DEF. JUSTIN LEDET VIA TKO (PUNCHES AND LEG KICKS) R1 2:38

JASON WITT DEF. COLE WILLIAMS VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R2 2:09

SEAN STRICKLAND DEF. JACK MARSHMAN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ADRIAN YANEZ DEF. VICTOR RODRIGUEZ VIA KO (HEAD KICK) R1 2:46

ALEXANDER HERNANDEZ DEF. CHRIS GRUETZEMACHER VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 1:46

MAIN CARD

BOBBY GREEN VS. THIAGO MOISES

WINNER: THIAGO MOISES VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BOBBY GREEN VIA UD

Andrews: Moises outworked Green. Good win.

KEVIN HOLLAND VS. CHARLIE ONTIVEROS

WINNER: KEVIN HOLLND VIA SUBMISSION (NECK INJURY) R1 2:39

AMDREWS PREDICTION: KEVIN HOLLAND VIA TKO

Andrews: Holland did his job. Got the rookie out of there, quick.

MAURICE GREENE VS. GREG HARDY 

 

WINNER: GREG HARDY VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 1:12

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAURICE GREENE VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Wow! Good win for Hardy.

#15 BRYCE MITCHELL VS. ANDRE FILI 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1322705377717342208?s=20

WINNER: BRYCE MITCHELL VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRYCE MITCHELL VIA UD

Andrews: Mitchell overcame Fili, as expected.

MAIN EVENT

#10 URIAH HALL VS. ANDERSON SILVA

WINNER: URIAH HALL VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R4 1:24

ANDREWS PREDICTION: URIAH HALL VIA UD

Andrews: It was predictable. Anderson Silva was a great champion, but his time has long come to retire from MMA. I can only hope he does. Uriah Hall did a good job, now he needs to continue elevating before his time runs out.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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