UFC Fight Night: Uriah Hall Ends Anderson Silva's UFC Career with TKO Victory
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, October 31, 2020
It was a bittersweet Halloween night for UFC and MMA fans as it marked the final time that former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson 'The Spider' Silva would be competing inside the octagon.
Throughout the week, tributes poured in online from fighters both past and present, and analysts that witnessed Silva’s dominance and recognized the significant impact he had on the sport of MMA as well as the UFC’s brand.
The 45-year-old Brazilian MMA icon, who spent years dominating the UFC’s middleweight division and knocking out a who’s who of current and future hall of famers, confirmed that tonight’s main event against Uriah ‘Primetime’ Hall would be his last in the UFC.
Silva looked great early on and looked like he was in control after the first two rounds; he was controlling the pace of the fight and was finding success during their exchanges against the cage. In the third round, both fighters became more aggressive with their combinations, which resulted in Hall dropping Silva with a right-hand and looked like he was close to finishing the fight however, the bell sounded to end the third round and a chance for Silva to catch his breath and recover.
The short break in-between rounds did not help Silva too much as Hall came out in the fourth round and stunned him once again with a right-hook and this time, had plenty of time to connect with ground strikes, before referee Herb Dean felt he had absorbed too much punishment and stepped in to stop the fight.
Both Silva and Hall shared a special moment after the fight as Hall expressed what fighting Silva meant to him at this point of his career. During his post-fight interview, Silva told Michael Bisping that he plans to talk with his family and was not ruling on competing in MMA again outside the UFC.
The big question now is will Anderson Silva retire from the sport? Which fight would be the most appealing for Silva if he were to continue fighting outside the UFC?
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