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If it is indeed goodbye, it was a bittersweet farewell for an Ultimate Fighting Championship legend.
After a competitive opening 10 minutes, Uriah Hall floored Anderson Silva twice en route to a technical knockout victory 1:24 into the fourth round of their UFC Fight Night 181 headlining encounter at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Silva, a longtime middleweight champion and one of the sport’s all-time greats in any weight class, has hinted that this was his final bout in the Las Vegas-based promotion -- though he was non-committal regarding that notion in the immediate aftermath of his latest defeat. Regardless, it’s a significant feather in the cap for Hall, who was compared to Silva on Season 17 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 181, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
7: KO/TKO victories for Hall, tying him with Michael Bisping, Derek Brunson, Chris Leben and Yoel Romero for the third most in the history of the UFC’s middleweight division. Only Silva and Thiago Santos -- with eight apiece -- have more at 185 pounds.
60: Significant strikes landed by Hall. Anderson landed 53 in defeat. Hall outlanded his adversary 22 to 17 in Round 3 and 13 to 3 in Round 4, while “The Spider” outlanded his foe 19 to 12 in Round 1 and 14 to 13 in Round 2.
2: Knockdowns landed by Hall. “Primetime” floored Silva late in Round 3 and again in Round 4 to set up the fight-ending sequence. Hall has landed eight knockdowns over the course of his UFC tenure.
19: Main events in UFC competition for Silva, the most in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion. Prior to facing Hall, “The Spider” went three rounds in a decision loss to Israel Adesanya in the UFC 234 main event in February 2019.
1-7 (1 NC): Record for Silva in his last nine UFC bouts. That includes a victory over Nick Diaz in UFC 183 that was overturned to a no contest due to a failed drug test as well as a controversial three-round verdict over Derek Brunson at UFC 208.
5: Consecutive victories for Bryce Mitchell, tying him with Hakeem Dawodu for the fourth-longest active winning streak in the UFC’s featherweight division. “Thug Nasty” took a unanimous verdict against Andre Fili in Saturday’s co-main event.
7: Takedowns landed by Mitchell in 13 attempts, a UFC career high for the Arkansas native. Mitchell landed a total of seven takedowns in his first four Octagon appearances.
100: Total strikes landed by Mitchell. By comparison, Fili landed 51. Mitchell also held a 46-to-27 edge in significant strikes landed.
10:12: Control time for Mitchell, who spent the majority of the fight attempting to impose his will on the canvas. Fili, meanwhile, only had 34 seconds of control time.
1: Finish outside of the first round for Greg Hardy, who earned a technical knockout of Maurice Greene at the 1:12 mark of Round 2 in their featured heavyweight contest. Hardy’s previous five finishes -- including two in the UFC -- all came inside of a round.
29: Significant strikes by which Hardy outlanded Greene. That includes a 27-to-1 edge in significant ground strikes.
4: Victories in 2020 for Kevin Holland, the most of any fighter in the UFC thus far this year. “Trailblazer” finished off short-notice foe Charlie Ontiveros with a slam at the 2:39 mark of Round 1 in their featured middleweight affair. Only two other UFC middleweights have gone 4-0 in a calendar year: reigning 185-pound king Israel Adesanya (2018) and current Bellator champ Gegard Mousai (2016).
11: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 15 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the lightweight clash between Bobby Green and Thiago Moises to Green. However, all three cageside judges submitted 29-28 tallies in favor of Moises.
43: Significant strike advantage for Green against Moises. “King” outlanded his opponent 26 to 13 in Round 1, 29 to 14 in Round 2 and 30 to 15 in Round 3. Both lightweights landed two of three takedown attempts, while Moises (1:51) held a slight advantage in control time against Green (1:11).
106: Significant strikes landed by Sean Strickland in a unanimous decision triumph over Jack Marshman at middleweight. That’s the most landed by Strickland in 11 career UFC bouts and comes following a two-year hiatus due to injuries suffered in a motorcyle accident. By comparison, Marshman landed 48 significant strikes.
6:19: Total control time for Jason Witt against Cole Williams in a welterweight bout that ended after 8:09 total Octagon time. Witt tapped Williams with an arm-triangle choke at the 2:09 mark of Round 2 while racking up advantages of 20-to-1 in significant strikes and 50-to-23 in total strikes.
3,199: Days since Dustin Jacoby’s last Octagon appearance, a third-round submission loss to Chris Camozzi at UFC on Fox 2 on Jan. 28, 2012. The former Glory Kickboxing standout earned his first promotional triumph on Saturday, as he stopped Justin Ledet via technical knockout in the first round of their light heavyweight scrap.
2: Knockdowns landed by Jacoby in a bout that ended at the 2:38 mark of Round 1.
4: Consecutive UFC losses for Ledet, who has also fallen to Aleksa Camur, Johnny Walker and Aleksandar Rakic during his current skid.