UFC on ESPN+ 39: Hall vs. Silva Preview

After five weeks at “Fight Island,” UFC will return to their home, the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA for Saturday’s “Fight Night” card. Headlining the 11-bout show is former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall. Here’s a preview of the show.

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Preliminary Card (4:00PM EDT / 1:00PM PDT) (ESPN+ / TSN 5)

Bout 1: Miles Johns (10-1) vs. Kevin Natividad (9-1) (Bantamweight)

After an impressive series of showings in LFA, Kevin Natividad will make his UFC debut on Saturday against Miles Johns. Natividad earned his fifth-straight win in July, stopping Kyle Estrada in the second round of a fight at LFA 85.

Johns will look to bounce back from his only loss as a pro with the fight. The defeat came in February, being stopped in the second round by Mario Bautista.

Bout 2: Dustin Jacoby (12-5) vs. Justin Ledet (9-3) (Light Heavyweight)

Dustin Jacoby will start his second run in the UFC on Saturday when he is paired against Justin Ledet. A strong performance on TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series” in August earned Jacoby a UFC contract.

Jacoby had a two-fight UFC stint in 2011 and 2012, losing both of his bouts.

Ledet will look to bounce back from a trio of losses with the fight.

Bout 3: Jason Witt (17-6) vs. Cole Williams (11-2) (Welterweight)

Both looking to return from a UFC debut loss, Jason Witt and Cole Williams will compete on the prelims. Witt made his UFC debut in June, being stopped within a minute by Takashi Sato. William’s debut was a little farther back, losing to Claudio Silva in August of 2019.

Williams missed weight for the welterweight tilt, coming in four-and-a-half pounds over the weight limit for non-title fights, per MMA Fighting.

Bout 4: Sean Strickland (20-3) vs. Jack Marshman (23-9) (Middleweight)

Sean Strickland will make his return to action on the card against Jack Marshman. Strickland, who has fought in the UFC 10 times before, will compete for the first time after two years.

Marshman will attempt to bounce back from a 2019 loss to Edmen Shahbazyan with the fight.

Per MMA Fighting, Marshman missed weight for the fight, coming in one-and-a-half pounds over the non-championship middleweight limit.

Bout 5: Adrian Yanez (11-3) vs. Victor Rodriguez (7-2) (Bantamweight)

A 39-second win in August for Adrian Yanez on “Dana White’s Contender Series” punched his ticket into the UFC, now being scheduled to make his promotional debut on Saturday against Victor Rodriguez.

Yanez will carry a four-fight streak of wins into the cage.

Rodriguez was a short-notice fill-in, replacing Aaron Phillips. Rodriguez, an Alaska-based fighter, will also be making his UFC debut after four-straight wins.

Bout 6: Alexander Hernandez (11-3) vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (14-3) (Lightweight)

The preliminary card will finish with a fight between Alexander Hernandez and Chris Gruetzemacher. Hernandez last fought in May, being stopped in the second round due to punches from Drew Dober.

Gruetzemacher last competed over two years ago, defeating Joe Lauzon at UFC 223.

Main Card (7:00PM EDT / 4:00PM PDT) (ESPN+ / TSN 5)

Bout 7: Bobby Green (27-10-1) vs. Thiago Moises (13-4) (Lightweight)

UFC veteran Bobby Green will attempt to continue his hot 2020 run on the main card when he fights Thiago Moises. Green is currently on a three-fight winning streak after picking up wins earlier in the year against Clay Guida, Lando Vannata and Alan Patrick.

Green will now face Moises, who is coming off of an ankle lock submission victory over Michael Johnson in May.

A four-fight win streak for Green would match the longest streak he’s had in the UFC, which is currently his four-fight run from 2013 to 2014 when he first entered the promotion.

Bout 8: Greg Hardy (6-2) vs. Maurice Greene (9-4) (Heavyweight)

Both coming off of wins, heavyweights Greg Hardy and Maurice Greene will compete on the main card. Hardy, an often disliked figure in the sport due to his past in courts and controversial fights, won his May fight against Yorgan De Castro via decision.

Greene snapped a two-fight skid with his June fight over Gian Villante, where he finished the heavyweight late in the fight with a choke.

Bout 9: Kevin Holland (19-5) vs. Charlie Ontiveros (11-6) (Middleweight)

Kevin Holland might become one of the few fighters in 2020 to attain four wins on Saturday, should he beat Charlie Ontiveros. After finish victories over Anthony Hernandez and Joaquin Buckley, Holland made it a trio in September with a split decision victory over Darren Stewart.

He now faces Ontiveros, who is a short-notice replacement for Makhmud Muradov. Ontiveros enters the UFC after two victories in Fury FC.

Bout 10: Bryce Mitchell (13-0) vs. Andre Fili (21-7) (Featherweight)

Bryce Mitchell will put his 13-fight undefeated record on the line on Saturday when paired with Andre Fili. Mitchell’s sole win in 2020 came in the UFC’s returning event, UFC 249. Mitchell put on a dominating performance over Charles Rosa to extend his record to 13 wins.

Fili bounced back from a loss in his last appearance, earning a split decision victory over Charles Jourdain.

Bout 11: Uriah Hall (15-9) vs. Anderson Silva (34-10) (Middleweight)

The main event of Saturday’s card will see former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva fight in a five-round bout against Uriah Hall.

Confusion surrounds the bout, as many aren’t sure if Silva will retire afterwards. While Silva has told some news outlets he will be done after the fight, he has also said some things which question whether he will actually be done.

A loss for Silva would make it three in a row and make his record 1-7 since his championship run ended in 2012. Silva last fought against Jared Cannonier in 2019, where a knee injury took him out of action late in the first round. Prior to then, Anderson was in a fight against now-UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya, which went the distance.

Hall has won his last two fights in the cage. A late 2018 fight against Bevon Lewis put Hall back in the win column, as he stopped Lewis in the third round. His last fight was a year ago, defeating Antonio Carlos Junior via split decision.

Hall has had trouble finding a fight in 2020, as bouts against Jacare Souza and Yoel Romero have been cancelled.

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