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UFC Fight Night will be making its 33rd appearance at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend, and it will be headlined by two seasoned fighters who are looking to continue their momentum and find their way back into contention for UFC gold.
Uriah Hall will be facing off against Sean Strickland in a middleweight bout at the 185 lb weight class.
Despite a rough stretch of fights between late 2015 and the mid-way point of 2018 where he lost four of five bouts, Uriah Hall has rebounded with four straight victories, with three of them being a KO/TKO finish.
Hall was the opponent of Chris Weidman in the fight at UFC 261 where he infamously broke his leg, and before that, Hall faced the other man who broke his leg, Anderson Silva, a fight in which Hall sent Silva packing from the UFC with a fourth-round TKO.
Strickland also comes into this fight winning four straight victories, but his momentum has been a lot more long-lived, with five wins in his last six and eight in his last ten.
Strickland has made his way back up in this division with a decision win over Jack Marshman, a TKO of Brendan Allen, and a decision win over Krzysztof Jotko.
The main card will also feature fights between the #7 heavyweight contender Shamil Abdurakhimov and #10 Chris Daukaus, as well as a women’s strawweight bout between Gloria De Paula and Cheyanne Buys.
Tale of the Tape: Hall vs Strickland
Strickland will have a one-inch height edge, but Hall possesses a three-inch reach advantage that plays huge with his powerful and technical striking ability.
Looking at FightMetrics, Sean Strickland does have a better average of significant strikes landed per minute, but Hall has proven to be a more accurate striker when he throws strikes. Hall has a kickboxing background that allows him to take advantage of all the aspects of the stand-up striking game.
On the other hand, Strickland is the better wrestler and averages just about a takedown per fight. Unfortunately for him, he’ll have to be able to get around the 69 percent takedown defense of Uriah Hall, one of the best in the division.
Strickland is 10-3 in the UFC since joining the promotion after running things in the King of the Cage promotion since he entered professional MMA at the age of 17. Now 30, Strickland hopes this win will vault him up in the middleweight rankings
On the other hand, the 37-year-old Hall is trying to find his way back to the top after the down years he had. Hall joined the UFC from the Ultimate Fighter competition back in 2013, and since then has been a tough gatekeeper in the middleweight division. He is 10-7 in his UFC fighting career but has faced some really strong competition.
With Hall’s strong takedown defense, I have a feeling that this fight will remain on the feet, and if that becomes the case, Hall has the advantage.
Hall is a phenomenal counter-striker that looks for his opponents to open up, and with the frequency of strikes that has been shown from Strickland, Hall will be given the opportunity to land some big shots.
Strickland has not lost since 2018, but that loss was the only time he got finished in his MMA career. This will be his toughest matchup yet, and Hall will be by far the most powerful striker he has seen in the UFC.
I believe the experience and intelligence of Hall will be too much to handle for Strickland, and Hall will come through with a victory in this five-round main event.
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