Style over Substance
Bobby Green vs. Thaigo Moises
Bobby Green was deceptively good in this fight. If you watched it, it seemed like he was getting hit more than he was giving, but the numbers said otherwise. He actually landed twice as many big hits as Moises. Bobby is a pure counter fighter, which is obvious from his classic stance of his hands at his sides. Moises was very poised and never took Green’s bait so to speak. The look of the fight seemed to outweigh the numbers and Thiago got the win.
Result: Unanimous Decision for Thiago Moises
No Tap Needed
Kevin Holland vs. Charlie Ontiveros
Kevin Holland was on a mission. He was trying to prove he is ready for a shot at the title. He even talked trash to Israel Adesanya, who was at ringside for the fight. Holland owned every aspect of this fight. He brought Ontiveros to the ground twice with thunderous impact. He then got his shoulder into Ontiveros and the ref called for a stoppage despite no tapping and it clearly was not a knockout. Ontiveros was stretchered out of the arena. The finish was described as a verbal submission, which leads to the possibility that Ontiveros was injured.
Result: 1st Round Stoppage in favor of Kevin Holland
A Prince of War who wants to be King
Marice Greene vs. Greg Hardy
Greg Hardy continued to prove that his change from the NFL to the UFC was a great decision. He really has everything you want in a Heavyweight star. He not only hit a giant shot, but he made this TKO look GOOD. Hardy is quickly ascending the ladder in the heavyweight division. We all know the UFC always needs more big guys.
Result: 2nd Round TKO for Greg Hardy
Camo Shorts FTW
Bryce Mitchell vs. Andre Fili
Mitchell kept great control of this fight on the ground with his signature strategy of working his opponent until they made a mistake to leave a submission open. The 9 minute difference in ground control was the big winner here. The score of 7-0 in takedowns probably carried Mitchell to a win as well. Don’t underestimate the camo shorts.
Result: Unanimous Decision for Bryce Mitchell
Taking the Torch
Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall
Uriah Hall did not want this to be a peaceful ceremony that showed a legend giving him permission to be next in line, he wanted to take it. The first 2 rounds were a lot of feeling out and Silva seemed to keep control. Hall started to up his aggressiveness in the 3rd round and even got Silva down at the end of the round where Spider was saved by the horn. The 4th round was just an outright statement from Hall, he took it right to Silva and got him down until the ref called for the stoppage. After the fight there was a very respectful moment where Uriah Hall was actually in tears and apologizing to Silva for getting the TKO. If this really is the last time we see Silva in a UFC octagon, it was a good fight to go out on, even in a losing effort.
Result: 4th Round TKO for Uriah Hall