The UFC heads back to their Las Vegas home this Saturday night as the promotion’s APEX centre will house what looks to be the final appearance of one of the all-time greats.

With Anderson Silva saying that his main event clash with Uriah Hall will be his last, although ‘The Spider’ has slightly walked back his announcement since, UFC Fight Night 181 will also boast some interesting and exciting bouts throughout – albeit without any real consequence in terms of high-rankings.

Uriah Hall (15-9) vs. Anderson Silva (34-10, 1 NC)

Both Hall and Silva may well be the most inconsistent fighters in the middleweight division.

Both have fight-ending power and have shown slick striking throughout their respective tenures but are far too comfortable in taking minutes off at a time.

While Silva has not had a good time in getting results, he has shown glimpses of the feints and trickery that saw him reign over 185 lbs for years.

Hall meanwhile is usually content to act as a counter striker and do pretty much nothing unless he is pressed into action. ‘Primetime’ did show a more aggressive version of himself against Antonio Carlos Junior in his last outing so hopefully, he replicates that showing otherwise this could be a 25-minute slog of little action.

Honestly, it’s a really tough fight to pick due to the passive nature of both fighters but I will side with the younger man to act as the spoiler for Silva’s final bow. Hall does seem faster, hits harder and if he pushes the pace, should have too much for a 45-year old Silva.

Pick: Uriah Hall

Bryce Mitchell (13-0) vs. Andre Fili (21-7)

Fili is a really solid fighter at 145 lbs and it’ll be no surprise to him that Mitchell will want to ground this fight as often and for as long as possible.

On the feet, Fili’s clearly the more refined out of the two and his jab could well keep Mitchell at a frustrated range but ‘Thug Nasty’ will want to pressure and close the distance to get a hold of Fili and initiate a scramble.

Maybe Mitchell’s grappling is so relentless that he can tire out Fili but I think Fili has progressed a fair amount as a fighter over the years and his movement and jab should keep Mitchell at bay.

Pick: Andre Fili

Maurice Greene (9-4) vs. Greg Hardy (6-2, 1 NC)


Hardy’s large frame and physicality has allowed him to pick up wins but he’s still yet to impress me outside of a wide unanimous decision loss to Alexander Volkov purely because he wasn’t finished.

Greene meanwhile should have the marked advantage on the mat but his striking is wild and he’s nowhere near as athletic as Hardy.

I think this will be sloppy but Hardy will be too agile on the feet.

Pick: Greg Hardy

Kevin Holland (19-5) vs. Charlie Ontiveros (11-6)

I understand Holland is taking fights frequently to improve his bank account, his stock within the company and his name recognition but what benefit does this have to him as a fighter?

We’ll learn nothing about his skill set here as he should defeat a heavy hitter making his promotional debut.

Pick: Kevin Holland

Bobby Green (27-10-1) vs. Thiago Moises (13-4)

Moises, like Bryce Mitchell, will want this fight to be on the mat and nothing else but Green is no slouch on the mat when it comes to his grappling.

On the feet, Green is lightyears ahead of Moises technically and I think he’ll dominate the fight with his striking.

Pick: Bobby Green

(Last Predictions: 6/6, Total: 115/168, 68% Success Rate)

(Success Rate: 2016: 61%, ’17: 60%, ’18: 58%, 19′: 57%)