An all-time great returns on Halloween – a date befitting of a “Spider.”
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-10 MMA, 17-6 UFC) is back later this month to take on Uriah Hall (15-9 MMA, 8-7 UFC) in the UFC on ESPN+ 39 main event, and the promotion has released the card’s official poster.
UFC on ESPN+ 39 takes place Oct. 31 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streams on ESPN+.
Check out the official poster for the event below (via Twitter):
A dance with the Spider 🕷
— UFC (@ufc) October 13, 2020
Silva lost back-to-back fights in 2019 after a two-year layoff that included a suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He lost to current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya during Adesanya’s ascension to title contention, then was stopped with a first-round TKO by Jared Cannonier in May 2019.
Prior to that, Silva had a unanimous decision win over Derek Brunson in February 2017, which was his first victory since a win over Stephan Bonnar in October 2012. After the Bonnar win, he lost his title to Chris Weidman, then lost a rematch in which he suffered a gruesome leg break. Silva returned in January 2015 and beat Nick Diaz, but had the win overturned by a positive drug test. He then lost decisions to Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier before his win over Brunson.
Hall has back-to-back wins after a rough stretch that saw him drop four of five fights – but all to top-shelf middleweights including Robert Whittaker on his run to the title, Brunson, Gegard Mousasi and Paulo Costa. In December 2018, he stopped Bevon Lewis with a third-round knockout. And in September 2019, he took a split call from Antonio Carlos Junior.
Hall was set to fight Ronaldo Souza in April, but had the fight scrapped due to COVID-19 postponements. They were rescheduled for May in Florida, but Souza tested positive for coronavirus and was pulled. Hall then booked a fight with Yoel Romero for this week, but Romero fell out with an injury. Instead, Hall gets arguably the highest-stature opponent of his career.
The latest UFC on ESPN+ 39 lineup includes:
Uriah Hall vs. Anderson Silva Dustin Jacoby vs. Justin Ledet Maurice Greene vs. Greg Hardy Amir Albazi vs. Raulian Paiva Cortney Casey vs. Priscila Cachoeira Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Alexander Hernandez Aaron Phillips vs. Adrian Yanez Sean Strickland vs. opponent TBA Krzysztof Jotko vs. Makhmud Muradov Andre Fili vs. Bryce Mitchell Miles Johns vs. Kevin Natividad Bobby Green vs. Thiago Moises Cole Williams vs. Jason Witt
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