UFC legend Anderson Silva will be returning to the Octagon in what is expected to be the final fight of his career as he faces Uriah Hall on October 31.
On Tuesday night, the UFC made a fight between former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall official for October 31, in what is expected to be the Brazilian legend’s final bout.
UFC President Dana White had mentioned on Tuesday night that the promotion had been working on another bout for Silva and that Hall was the targeted opponent in what he expected to be the final fight of “The Spider’s” legendary career. By the end of the night, the bout was official.
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Anderson “The Spider” Silva entered the UFC in 2006 and tore through the competition en-route to becoming, arguably, the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time. Defending the middleweight title a then-record ten times, Silva became one of the biggest international stars the sport has ever seen in becoming a crossover celebrity in Brazil and headlining the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) event in UFC history (at the time) against rival Chael Sonnen in 2012.
In recent years, injuries and lay-offs have hampered Silva’s career and he has been on a 1-6 skid since losing the championship. Most recently, Silva lost to Jared Cannonier in 2019 and had a minor procedure on his knee following an injury sustained in the fight. A veteran of the UFC since 2013, Uriah “Prime Time” Hall is currently on a two fight win-streak going into his bout with Silva.
Introducing himself to fans through The Ultimate Fighter as a part of Team Sonnen, Hall has recorded victories over the likes of Thiago Santos and Gegard Mousasi during his time in the Octagon. Most recently, Hall had been set to fight middleweight contender Yoel Romero this week before Romero was forced to withdraw from the bout.