UFC Fight Night 181 ‘Hall vs. Silva’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round Scoring

By Jay Pettry Oct 31, 2020
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Miles Johns (135) vs. Kevin Natividad (134.5)

Round 1

Kicking off this first-ever UFC card on Halloween is what could be a wild bantamweight scrap between two Legacy Fighting Alliance vets, as Johns (10-1, 1-1 UFC) welcomes “Quicksand” Natividad (9-1, 0-0 UFC) to the Octagon. There is an important rule change to clarify: the Nevada State Athletic Commission is implementing new replay rules, where a designated official outside of the cage can signal to the referee that the bout should be paused and something should be reviewed. This replay can be used any time throughout the bouts, and they can be restarted immediately after. That referee inside the cage will be Chris Tognoni for this one, and with no touch of gloves, we are underway. Both men are quick on the balls of their feet, hopping back and forth as they try to find their angle in the early going. Johns opens up with a sweeping calf kick, and Natividad tries and fails to respond with a one-two. Johns evades it and an oncoming jab, only to step in to score a left hand. The Fortis MMA fighter presses forward to pursue a takedown, and Natividad stands him up with his back to the fence. Natividad pushes him off and sticks out a jab a few times, walking Johns down to the fence. “Chapo” returns fire with a sharp jab that makes Natividad retreat, and another gets Natividad’s attention. Natividad steps in to attack, but a quick check hook from Johns catches him on the chin. They proceed to traded hooks and low kicks, and Johns gets the better of the exchange and ends their flurry with two long left hands. Johns pushes out a lead leg front kick, and chains it into a single leg takedown. Natividad springs back up without effort, and tries to make Johns pay with a flying knee but it is no avail. The two continue to go strike for strike, and Johns throws a naked leg kick and gets popped with an overhand right counter. Natividad rushes in to continue his assault, and Johns transitions into a takedown and grounds Natividad briefly. The Hawaiian out of Arizona powers out of the position and wings a few punches, and one or two clang off the dome to make Johns reset. Johns fires off a few jabs, and Natividad sits down on his punches and bounces off the guard of his opponent. Johns’ jab is accurate and effective, stifling Natividad’s oncoming aggression. They crash together when Johns leaps in the air, and the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Johns
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Johns
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Johns

Round 2

The two elect to touch gloves at the beginning of this round, and he pushes out a jab only to have Natividad try to give him one back. Johns stabs his toes in his opponent’s midsection, and he protects his face from the swinging strikes of Natividad. The newcomer rips the body at the end of a right hand, and Johns rolls with a subsequent strike to keep out his jab before turning the corner for a takedown attempt. “Chapo” gets Natividad down for the briefest of moments, but Natividad jumps back up like he had springs in his heels. Johns recommits for a double leg takedown as he bullies Natividad on the cage wall, and gets off a few knees to the thigh all the while. Defending himself with his back mashed against the fence, Natividad gets off a few short elbows to the side of the head, and Tognoni separates the two due to inaction. Johns flicks out his jab to back off the charging Natividad, but Natividad does manage to connect with a few heavy shots. The two men trade quick jabs, and Johns stays elusive and avoids a flying knee that zooms past his head. One heavy jab from Johns stops Natividad in his tracks, and “Quicksand” is stunned and needs a moment to gather his thoughts. In the meantime, Johns chops down his opponent’s lead leg. Johns stays sharp with jabs to break up potential combinations, and he sees a takedown coming his direction from a mile away. Johns stuffs it, and when Natividad tries to break, Johns delays and spins with a thudding back fist that clatters off the guard and still shakes up Natividad. Johns presses forward with a takedown attempt, and although he cannot secure it before the round ends, he does manage to stifle his opponent to the bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Johns
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Johns
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Johns

Round 3

The gloves are touched as the final round begins, and Natividad leaps forward to attack. Johns is quick to get his jab started, which blunts the swinging strikes that come at his face. Natividad winds up on power punches and Johns sees the majority of them, but one heavy right hand stings Johns. Johns catches Natividad charging in, but Natividad rips him with another powerful right hook. The two both land single heavy shots, and Johns ends his own salvo with a leg kick. Natividad works his way forward with his own jab, but Johns cracks him with his piston-like jab to get him off of him. Natividad is on the warpath, letting loose big right hands in rapid succession, and Johns shoulder rolls to defend, hacks the leg with a kick or releases a jab. Natividad overcommits on a strike, and Johns ducks down to hunt for a takedown. Turning it from a single to a double, Johns cannot land it as Natividad stays strong, and Natividad considers a submission with his back to the fence. Natividad abandons the submission and looks to push off, but Johns targets a lethal right uppercut on the break. The punch lands as flush on the jaw as it possibly can, ejecting Natividad’s mouthpiece and separating the newcomer from his consciousness. There is no need for a follow-up, as Natividad falls lifelessly to the ground like a puppet whose strings had been cut. What a highlight reel knockout for Johns, who starts the night off in devastating fashion.

The Official Result

Miles Johns def. Kevin Natividad R3 2:51 via KO (Punch)

Dustin Jacoby (204) vs. Justin Ledet (205.5)

Round 1

For the first time since 2012, Jacoby (12-5, 0-2 UFC) will set foot inside the UFC cage, doing so at light heavyweight against the struggling Ledet (9-3, 1 NC; 3-3 UFC). This early preliminary headliner will be officiated by referee Chris Tognoni again, and the two show a sign of respect by touching gloves. Jacoby begins by leading off with a series of kicks to the body and leg of his opponent. Ledet walks through them all and tries to land shots, but Jacoby hurts him with a leg kick, body kick and overhand right combination. Ledet keeps his bearings, but Jacoby continues to spam kicks. Ledet slips and lands a left hand, and both get off body kicks. Jacoby attacks the lead leg, and Ledet greets him with a trio of jabs. Ledet, with success from those jabs, follows the last one with a big right hand that catches off the chin of Jacoby. Jacoby cracks the leg with a calf kick, and Ledet stands firm and cracks Jacoby with two hard one-two combinations. Jacoby chops the lead leg hard, and Ledet winces. Smelling blood, Jacoby goes back to it, and this time Ledet is wearing it. One more hacking leg kick puts Ledet down. Jacoby hops on top and starts raining down punches, but “El Blanco” manages to power his way to his feet with his back to the fence. Jacoby continues to throw with reckless abandon at Ledet, and a right straight followed by a hard right uppercut – the same strike that ended the last fight – puts Ledet down for the count. Tognoni dives in to rescue the destroyed Ledet, and Jacoby has now won his first-ever UFC fight after making his initial UFC debut in 2011.

The Official Result

Dustin Jacoby def. Justin Ledet R1 2:38 via TKO (Punches)

Jason Witt (170.5) vs. Cole Williams (175.5: Missed Weight)

Round 1

In both of his UFC appearances, Williams (11-2, 0-1 UFC) has missed the welterweight mark by a wide margin – he comes in against “The Vanilla Gorilla” Witt (17-6, 0-1 UFC) at a whopping 175.5 pounds. Serving as the referee for this unexpected catchweight contest is referee Mark Smith. Williams marches forward, and Witt ducks down to grab his opponent’s leg and lifts him in the air. Witt slams Williams down, and quickly takes his back. Witt wraps his arm around the neck for a rear-naked choke, but Witt’s other arm is trapped under Williams’ elbow. Witt gets his hooks in, and Williams turns around to wind up on his back as Witt takes half guard. Williams manages to get him back to full guard, but “The Vanilla Gorilla” starts ripping elbows and punches while on top. Witt slowly and methodically breaks his opponent down with hammerfists and punches, and a few elbows to follow are doing some damage. Williams flails to defend himself but he is stuck with his back on the ground and his neck pressed against the fence, all while Witt keeps slamming him in the face with strikes. More punches and elbows get through Williams’ guard, and Witt is completely comfortable staying in guard while unleashing heavy ground-and-pound. A sharp elbow slashes open a cut above Williams’ left eye, and it starts gushing to present a true, gruesome Halloween visage. Witt keeps targeting it and dropping down more punches and elbows, and Williams tries to tie him up with a rubber guard until the round ends. The doctor immediately comes in to check on it, but it does not appear to be in a fight-ending position.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-8 Witt
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-8 Witt
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-8 Witt

Round 2

Williams opens up the second round with a grin and a big kick, and Witt returns fire with an overhand right. Williams is loose and has his hands low, stalking Witt down and stuffing a potential takedown. Witt shoots in from across the cage, and he lifts Williams in the air and runs him across the cage like Matt Hughes, slamming him down by his corner. Witt lands in three-quarter mount, and lands a few strikes before stepping over with ease into mount. Williams turns around and gives up his back, and like a snake, Witt is on him setting up a rear-naked choke. The blood is flowing so heavily that Witt cannot secure it, and instead Williams slides out but is still mounted. Witt cracks him with some heavy punches on top, but opts to sneak over to the side where he lines up an arm-triangle choke. The choke is tight as can be, as Williams immediately prepares to surrender. A few seconds tick off the clock, and there is no way out for “Havoc,” so he taps out before he passes out. This was complete one-way traffic for Witt, who barely absorbed more than five strikes en route to an impressive and dominant finish victory.

The Official Result

Jason Witt def. Cole Williams R2 2:09 via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)

Sean Strickland (185.5) vs. Jack Marshman (187.5: Missed Weight)

Round 1

Returning from a major motorcycle accident that kept him out of action for just over two years, Strickland (20-3, 7-3 UFC) makes his return to the promotion against hard-hitting Welshman Marshman (23-9, 3-4 UFC). Drawing the assignment for this catchweight bout – Marshman eclipsed the 186-pound limit by a pound and a half – is referee Keith Peterson, who will tolerate no nonsense in the cage tonight. They touch gloves, and Marshman throws out a leg kick to start things off. Strickland walks the Welshman down, and starts landing a series of one-twos to get Marshman to retreat. Marshman returns fire with a leg kick and an overhand right, but Strickland completely ignores it as he plods forward. Strickland slaps at the lead leg of his opponent, and he reaches in with a left hand and ducks back to avoid the looping shot from the Welshman. Marshman gets jabbed in the face, and Strickland follows it with a crisp one-two. Marshman tries to bomb him with some big shots, and Strickland rolls with then and fires back. Strickland checks a leg kick, and he starts to work a long left jab. Marshman commits to power strikes, but none are landing flush as Strickland’s are straighter and quicker in and out. Strickland sticks him with a right hand, and Marshman nearly gives him one back but it does not have full steam on it. Strickland gets off a right hand, and then a one-two makes Marshman back off to gather his thoughts. Strickland nails him with a leg kick, and Marshman responds with one of his own but he takes a jab at the end of it. Strickland marches forward with long strikes, unconcerned with Marshman’s wide shots. Strickland checks another leg kick, and he makes Marshman reach at him by staying just the end of his punches. A jab to a right hand stings Marshman, and Strickland follows it with a lengthy combination that pins Marshman to the cage. The Welshman defends himself but eats a plethora of shots, and he circles away as he cannot put strikes to get to get Strickland off of him. Marshman paws with a leg kick, and Strickland boots him in the chest. When Strickland puts his leg down, Marshman clocks him with a huge right hook, stunning “Tarzan” with his biggest shot of the round. Strickland gathers his thoughts and walks his man down until the horn ends the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Strickland
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Strickland
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Strickland

Round 2

The two middleweights touch gloves, and Strickland starts off where he left off by putting Marshman on his back foot with long punches. Strickland clicks a left hand off the brow, and Marshman starts to follow the work of his opponent by reaching out with a few long left hands to the head and body. Marshman targets the body again, and he flicks out a jab. Strickland uses a double jab to pop Marshman on the chops, and a right hand comes around to catch Marshman on the jaw. Strickland disrupts Marshman’s winging shots with jabs, and occasionally he will reach with his right after landing the left for a very effective one-two that bloodies up the Welshman. Strickland’s accuracy is sky high as he is working Marshman over with his jab and sporadic kicks, and Marshman makes him pay with a combination by ripping the body with a left hand. Marshman jabs to the body a few times, and Strickland cracks him with a few stiff left hands that make Marshman try to shake it out. The Welshman gets his bearings about him, and when he swings and misses, Strickland nails him with another one-two. Strickland blocks a few jabs to the midsection and tattoos Marshman’s face with his own jabs, and they are starting to damage the nose as Marshman begins to check it. Marshman swings and misses with a leg kick, and Strickland is loose and sticks and moves him. Marshman is active trying to line up a big right hand, but Strickland dances out of the way. The two come together to land a few heavy shots, and Marshman is winding up with a right hand but is just out of range. Two left hands from Marshman find their mark, and Strickland pushes him off with a front kick. He pushes out another to the torso, and a right hand breaks up the leaping flurry from Marshman as the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Strickland
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Strickland
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Strickland

Round 3

One final glove touch checks in the last round, and Strickland races forward as he flicks out a few jabs and a right hand that folds the nose of his opponent. Marshman double jabs his way in to the body, and he tries again but Strickland sees it coming and paws it away. Marshman goes after the same combination, and Strickland laughs at him and tells him to stand in the center of the cage and fight. Marshman obliges, and the two start trading wildly in a brawl. Strickland is able to get the better of the exchanges by being quicker to the punch, but a few Marshman shots have marked up Strickland’s face. Marshman swings and misses, and Strickland goads him on by saying “Come on, Jack.” Both men start trading heavy leather, and Strickland is telling Marshman to throw with “full power.” Marshman tries to unload with heavy shots, but Strickland sticks him with a right hand and evades the follow-up. Strickland nails Marshman with some huge punches, and he shouts “Why won’t you fall?” Strickland keeps landing virtually at-will, and Marshman stands right in front of him and slugs right back. Strickland clips him with a right hand, and Marshman’s wobble. Strickland is fired up and telling Marshman to give it everything he has, and he cracks Marshman in the head. Marshman stands strong and Strickland tells him to fall down, but instead Marshman races in with a few punches. The Welshman puts together a chain of punches, and Strickland dodges most of them but a few get in. Strickland tells Marshman that he will give him a chance to win, if Marshman goes hard. They stand in front of each other and start brawling recklessly and wildly, and Strickland spins with a back kick. The two trade and land, all while Strickland urges Marshman to empty his gas tank in one final slugfest. They swing right to the final bell, and then embrace after a hard-fought but tactical battle.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Strickland (30-27 Strickland)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Strickland (30-27 Strickland)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Strickland (30-27 Strickland)

The Official Result

Sean Strickland def. Jack Marshman via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27. 30-27)

Adrian Yanez (135.5) vs. Victor Rodriguez (133)

Round 1

Fury FC and LFA vet Yanez (11-3, 0-0 UFC) gets his long-awaited call up to the UFC at bantamweight, and he will meet fellow newcomer and Alaska native Rodriguez (5-2, 0-0 UFC), with the latter posting a few wins on his record that have not been verified. The Octagon ranger for this potentially exciting scrap is referee Herb Dean, and there is no gloves touch as these two want to get right down to it. Yanez lines up a left hand, but Rodriguez shoots in for a takedown. Yanez defends it and rolls his eyes, getting his feet back beneath him before fighting off another and landing a knee. Yanez spins him about, only to get pinned back to the fence once more, and a few heavy knees ring off Rodriguez’ forehead. Yanez pushes off and sticks out a front kick, and Rodriguez winds up with a huge right hand. Rodriguez follows the overhand right with a takedown attempt, and Yanez blocks it and pushes off. Rodriguez tries to do this same thing again, but Yanez sees it coming and stops it. Yanez clips him with a right hand, and Rodriguez is hurt. Yanez cracks him with another straight right hand and Rodriguez is not taking these strikes well. Yanez drops him with a right hand, and Rodriguez bites down on his mouthpiece and tags Yanez on the chin. Yanez tosses Rodriguez to the ground, and the Alaskan springs back to his feet. Yanez chases after him with a few heavy punches that collide with his opponent’s chin, and Rodriguez holds himself up from falling over by interlocking his fingers in the fence. When Rodriguez stands still to get his bearings, Yanez winds up and takes his left foot and whops Rodriguez on the side of his face…and there’s not a darn thing that Rodriguez can do about it, as he crumples to the ground, out cold. What a way for Yanez to make his UFC debut.

The Official Result

Adrian Yanez def. Victor Rodriguez R1 2:46 via KO (Head Kick)

Alexander Hernandez (155.5) vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (155.5)

Round 1

Capping off the preliminary portion of the event – even though the entire card airs on ESPN+ from start to finish – is a lightweight battle when “Gritz” Gruetzemacher (14-3, 2-2 UFC) makes a return from a lengthy layoff to face Hernandez (11-3, 3-2 UFC). The referee in charge of this bout is Mark Smith, and the two 155ers don’t touch gloves to start the match, so Gruetzemacher kicks him on the leg a few times. Hernandez throws a kick back low, and then flings a head kick. The two men keep landing leg kicks one another at a distance, and Hernandez gets off a right hand at the end of a combination. Gruetzemacher walks through it and the two continues to ding each other with leg kicks. Hernandez clips Gruetzemacher with a one-two, and then another makes “Gritz” take a quick count of his teeth. Gruetzemacher marches forward as he pushes out a jab, and Hernandez nails him with a right hand. Gruetzemacher ducks down, and Hernandez boots him in the face with a kick, but the Arizona native wears it well. Hernandez hurts him with a left hand, and Gruetzemacher wobbles and falls across the fence. Hernandez pours it on sensing that Gruetzemacher might be hurt. “Alexander the Great” chains together several punches that all land hard on the chin, and one final uppercut shuts the lights out and sends Gruetzemacher crashing to the canvas in a heap. This was a spectacular display for Hernandez, who put on a show and recorded a big finish in less than two minutes, all while scoring the first knockout against the durable Gruetzemacher.

The Official Result

Alexander Hernandez def. Chris Gruetzemacher R1 1:46 via KO (Punches)

Bobby Green (155) vs. Thiago Moises (156)

Round 1

Remaining in the lightweight division as we begin the main card, Green (27-10-1, 8-5-1 UFC) looks to become the first UFC fighter to win four times this year as he squares off against Contender Series Brazil prospect Moises (13-4, 2-2 UFC). Our sans-nonsense referee is Keith Peterson, and there is no glove touch commences the hostilities. Instead, Moises kicks him in the leg, and Green walks back with his hands by his waist. Green takes a head kick that is barely blocked, and he shakes his head at his opponent. The Brazilian throws with a heavy leg kick, and when he tries to land another, Green picks his leg up and rushes in with punches. Moises flings a head kick that glances off the dome, and Green shrugs at him but still has his hands low. Green blocks a head kick, slips a punch and walks Moises down to land a few punches. “King” starts letting loose a few kicks to the knee, and he ducks out of the way to avoid an overhand right. Moises spins with a back kick, but Green darts out of danger and mean mugs Moises. The two land big looping punches, and Green appears to be surprised long enough to allow Moises to grab hold of him. The Brazilian lifts him up and slams him to the ground, where in a scramble, Moises takes Green’s back. Green slides him off and threatens with a kimura when Moises is on his back, but he gives up on it when Moises sits up. Moises gets back to his feet and his neck is exposed in potential guillotine choke danger, but he ignores it as he walks away and breaks. Green sticks and moves, landing a sharp left hand and a pair of stomping kicks to the knee. Green backs away only to leap forward and connect with a right hand. Moises pushes him off with a front kick, and Green’s hands-down approach is allowing Moises to land a few times. Moises cracks him hard with a right hand, and Green claims there was an eye poke but it is not called, so Moises rushes in to attack. The Brazilian gets off a few hard punches, but Green rolls out and gets his bearings about him. Green targets the body with a long punch, and he backs off to avoid a left hand. Green keeps beating up the lead knee with kicks, and Moises stays composed and winds up with a right hand. Green sees it coming and lets fly a few more kicks. Green darts in with a couple punches, and the round ends in the middle of a Green blitz.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Moises
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Green
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Moises

Round 2

The two lightweights touch gloves, and Green starts off kicking the knee again. Moises flings a few looping punches, and Green uses Matrix-like head movement to avoid each one. Moises lets loose a head kick that gets blocked, and when Green backs away, he sticks Moises with a stern right hand that might have rattle the Brazilian. Green fights his way into a takedown attempt, and he pulls his neck out of guillotine danger to sweep the leg and drop Moises on his back. Green lands a few elbows and punches on top, but Moises walks his way to his feet as he ignores them. The Brazilian manages to circle around and take Green’s back, where he sets up an inverted heel hook. Green is stuck and tries to twist and turn, kicking off to break the grip. Moises is still locked in but Green gives it everything he has to push off and hop back to his feet. Moises backs away and takes a few punches, and Green is on him as he senses Moises may have spent a lot of energy going after the finish. Green targets the body and head indiscriminately, and Moises is forced to turtle up against the cage. “King” wades forward to land a step-in elbow, and he backs away to pick at Moises and work the body effectively. Moises swings and misses with a massive right hook, and he tries to string together a combination punctuated with a head kick. Green blocks it and rolls with the punches, and motions to Moises that he has nothing on him. When Green rushes in to strike, Moises attempts to grab hold of him, but Green pushes off and lands a few punches. Moises zings a left hook that flies over Green’s head, and a leg kick from Moises gets checked as Green sticks his tongue out at him. Green steps back to watch a spinning wheel kick zoom by his face, and Green lands a few punches while blocking a pair of big right hands coming his way. Green takes part of one of those right hooks, and he jumps in the air with a flying knee. After he rolls with a big right hand, Moises sends one more at him that only partially connects before the round concludes.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Green
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Green
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Green

Round 3

The glove touch opens the final round, and Green pushes a kick away only to stomp the knee again. Green throws a naked leg kick, and just barely ducks a speedy left hook. Green keeps his leg kicks going while staying out of harm’s way from the big punches coming from the Brazilian. Moises lands a clean right hook, and Green shakes his head at him. Green’s hands still down, the two come together to throw winging shots. Moises lands a left hand and points at Green, but Green ignores him to walk in with a jab and a leg kick. Green pushes off with a kick to the torso as Moises bears down on him, and he moves away from the blistering right hook that is mere inches from his face. A strike or two that does land for Moises opens up a cut above Green’s right eye, and Green sticks and moves on the outside when Moises tries to charge at him. Green points up and kicks low, and he ducks a head kick with ease. Green presses forward into the clinch, and he sets the Brazilian down only to have Moises spring back up and turn him around. Moises shoots low for a takedown, and Green tries to defend with a kimura sweep but ends up falling to his back. “King” gets to a knee and starts throwing no-look elbows and punches that do land, but Moises gets a hook in and holds on to Green’s back. Green nearly reverses position a few times, but Moises is on him like Saran wrap. Green gives it everything he has to power out of the position, and Moises starts throwing heavy leather at him. Green gets tagged with a left hand, and he picks and pokes at Moises from a distance while the Brazilian spins with a back fist. Moises nearly falls over in his attack, and Green lands a few prodding strikes until the round ends. This may be a very close one.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Green (29-28 Green)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Green (30-27 Green)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Green (29-28 Green)

The Official Result

Thiago Moises def. Bobby Green via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Kevin Holland (185.5) vs. Charlie Ontiveros (182.5)

Round 1

Looking to do what Green could not in win for the fourth time inside the Octagon in 2020 is “Trailblazer” Holland (19-5, 6-2 UFC) who meets short-notice replacement and Fury FC staple Ontiveros (11-6, 0-0 UFC). The referee for this middleweight clash is Mark Smith, and Holland thanks his opponent for taking the fight by offering a touch of gloves. Holland races in to attack, and he falls over coming so recklessly. Ontiveros lets loose an axe kick, and Holland mocks him for throwing that strike. Holland picks up the newcomer and slams him down, where he lands in side control and starts dropping down elbows as Ontiveros has a hold of his neck. Ontiveros is briefly in Von Preux danger, but Holland takes north-south position and starts punching the side of Ontiveros’ head and body. Holland rains down some clacking elbows on Ontiveros, and the newcomer tries to buck him off but is trapped on his back in side control. Holland grinds his elbow on the face of his opponent, and Ontiveros spins out and stands back up. Holland takes his back, trips his leg out and smashes Ontiveros down hard. Holland looks to set up some sort of submission but Ontiveros may be out cold or hurt badly from the slam. Holland motions to Smith that Ontiveros is hurt, and Ontiveros moans or cries out, prompting Smith to intervene and stop the fight by verbal submission. The finishing sequence is unclear, whether the impact of the slam put Ontiveros out or hurt him in some way. Holland gets up to celebrate, and he starts calling out champ Israel Adesanya in the audience. Meanwhile, Ontiveros is still down, and he will need be stretchered out. We hope he makes a full recovery, from the potential neck injury that Holland claims his fallen opponent mentioned. After the fight, UFC President Dana White informed the broadcast team that Ontiveros has full feeling and movement of all of his extremities.

The Official Result

Kevin Holland def. Charlie Ontiveros R1 2:39 via TKO (Verbal Submission to Slam)

Greg Hardy (264.5) vs. Maurice Greene (250)

Round 1

In the lone heavyweight bout of the evening, and one that very nearly in the realm of super heavyweight as Hardy (6-2, 1 NC; 3-2, 1 NC UFC) clocked in on the scales at 266.5 pounds on his first attempt, Hardy faces “The Crochet Boss” Greene (9-4, 4-2 UFC) in a clash to potentially suss out a future contender. This 514.5-pound affair will be overseen by referee Herb Dean, and they opt to touch gloves. Greene stays on the outside and throws a leg kick, and Hardy shrugs and responds with one, and then another. Greene swings and misses with a leg kick, and both push out jabs but cannot land them. Hardy catches a kick and puts Greene down with a right hand like Anderson Silva against James Irvin. Greene falls to his back and eats a barrage of ground strikes, but fires off some upkicks to get Hardy to reconsider his attack. Hardy climbs on top and pushes past a potential submission attempt to press Greene on the ground in half guard, and he drops down heavy clubbing punches. Greene ties him up to prevent the strikes from causing much damage, and Hardy pushes on Greene’s face to try to posture up. Hardy cracks him with an elbow to break the grip momentarily, but Greene locks him back down again. Hardy manages to sit up and starts smacking up with strikes, but Greene pushes him off and is allowed to stand back up. Both men whiff on leg kicks and sound like they are breathing hard after three minutes of combat, and Hardy counters a body kick with an overhand right. Hardy walks him down and kicks the leg before winging an overhand right, only to throw a body kick and miss with another punch. Green misses with a head kick, and he plants a step-in knee on Hardy’s chest when Hardy comes at him. Hardy misses with a booming right hand, but he sinks a leg kick in to make Greene react. Hardy lands another on the other side, and Greene switches stances to try to avoid these strikes. Both men get off low kicks, and Greene clacks a one-two off the former football star’s face. Hardy chases after him, only to take a leg kick and a right hand on the way in. The round ends as the two big men clinch up.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Hardy
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Hardy
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Hardy

Round 2

Before the round begins, Dean admonishes Hardy for gouging Greene’s eyes on top, when Hardy was pushing on Greene’s face. The round clocks in as both men kick one another. Greene nearly times a right hand counter as Hardy charges in, but “The Prince of War” avoids it and slams his leg into the back of Greene’s knee. Greene swings and misses with a head kick, and Hardy eats a jab to smash Greene in the face with a left uppercut-jab. Greene clatters to the ground and absorbs a plethora of punishment, but he gets to his knees. Hardy keeps punching and Greene rolls over, leading Dean to call a halt to the contest. Greene immediately protests the stoppage, which could be considered premature. He yells to Dean that he was moving, and that he was not hurt, but his cries fall on deaf ears as the fight is over.

The Official Result

Greg Hardy def. Maurice Greene R2 1:12 via TKO (Punches)

Bryce Mitchell (146) vs. Andre Fili (146)

Round 1

The co-main event comes in the form of a likely fast-paced featherweight tilt when Mitchell (13-0, 4-0 UFC) tries to stay undefeated against Team Alpha Male staple Fili (21-7, 9-6 UFC). Nonsense has left the building, as referee Keith Peterson will preside over this potential thriller. A small nod to Reebok for finally making custom gear at the tail end of their apparel deal clocks in the contest, as there is no glove touch. Both men come out swinging, and Fili lands a few punches right on the nose and narrowly avoids eating a hook kick. Mitchell rushes in to grab a single leg, and Fili powers back up; a second attempt from Mitchell puts the Californian on his back. Mitchell ties up the legs on top as Fili scrambles, and a possible sweep allows him to get back up, but not for long. Fili gives up mount, and he bucks like a bronco to kick off the Arkansas native off of him. Fili spins out and gets himself free from a back take, but Mitchell latches on like an Alabama tick and wrenches him back down to the canvas. Mitchell tries to line up some ground strikes, and he gets off a few punches on top until Fili twists and turns to get out of this danger. Mitchell advances to side control as he grinds his elbow on Fili’s face, but Fili stands up in the position. Mitchell stays on like a backpack and drags Fili down, where he assumes mount position. Fili is flat on his back, and he takes a few elbows on the chin until he kicks Mitchell away, but only briefly. Mitchell springs over to mount again, and he sits up to punch Fili in the face a few times. The Team Alpha Male fighter tries to keep his man off of him, but gets mounted once more. Fili spins in a scramble, and he gets on top. Standing up, Fili tries to drop down a few long punches, but he decides he wants the fight standing instead. Mitchell crashes in seeking a takedown, and Fili times a knee but it does not matter, as Mitchell scoops him up and slams him down. Fili ties him up but eats a few punches to end the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Mitchell
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Mitchell
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Mitchell

Round 2

Fili comes out firing, and he absorbs a left hand and a kick to the body. Mitchell clips Fili with a left hand, but the California native stands strong and is ready for the takedown to come. Mitchell brings it, and Fili stuffs it and dances out of the way to take the center of the cage. Mitchell clubs Fili on the side of the head with a right hand while Fili expects a takedown, and Mitchell sticks him and moves. Fili jabs him and steps out of the way of a leg kick, but he does absorb a jab on the nose. Fili times a flying knee when Mitchell crashes in, and “Thug Nasty” may be hurt but keeping a good poker face as he is retreating. Fili starts picking at Mitchell from a distance, landing several left hands and backing Mitchell up. Mitchell scores a right hand and pushes in for a takedown, leading to Fili defending with a guillotine choke as his back is on the fence. Mitchell cannot secure the double, and Fili shoves him away. Mitchell throws out a low kick and eats a right hand on the jaw. When Mitchell attempts a head kick, Fili shrugs it off and again cracks him with a right. Mitchell shoots in low to pursue a double, and Fili stands tall but gets dragged down. Mitchell instantly lands in mount, but Fili recovers to half guard when Mitchell looks to step over to take Fili’s side. Mitchell leans on an arm-triangle choke as Fili pushes off the cage, and he pops his neck out as Mitchell spins to the other side. Mitchell lands a single elbow, and lets loose a few more until Fili powers out to get up. Fili dodges a spinning hook kick and blasts his man in the face with a head kick. Mitchell’s mouthpiece goes flying, and Fili throws him down to the ground. “Touchy” Fili lords over him from above with a few strikes until the horn wraps up the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Fili
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Fili
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Fili

Round 3

Mitchell jumps forward and clips Fili with a left hand and then a right, and Fili is advancing while unconcerned about these strikes. Fili kicks the lead leg and swings with a big left hook, but Mitchell sees it coming. Fili over-extends with a left hand, and “Thug Nasty” times it to take him down with ease. Fili maintains full guard as Mitchell lands some pitter-patter ground-and-pound from above, and Fili is constantly attempting to scramble and kick off. Mitchell stays tight and heavy on his opponent, peppering him with body shots and shucking off a possible triangle choke attempt from Fili. The Team Alpha Male fighter powers his way back up, but Mitchell hits a mat return and puts Fili on his back. Fili reverses the position with sheer strength, and he lands one big shot until Mitchell gets up. “Thug Nasty” races forward to connect with a right hand, but he follows it with a takedown and not another strike to plant Fili on his back again. Fili protects his face from most strikes that come at him, but precious seconds are ticking off the clock as Mitchell keeps him trapped to his back. Mitchell steps over into mount, and Fili kicks and bucks to shake himself back to full guard. Mitchell sits up and starts swinging down punches, leading Fili to try to trade with him off his back. Mitchell begins to work Mitchell over with strikes, and Fili throws up his legs to fish for an armbar. Mitchell is not concerned as he pulls his arm out and shrugs away the triangle setup, and he sits up every so often to pop Fili on the chin with some loud punches. Fili pushes off and throws everything he has left into short ground strikes, and one busts up Mitchell’s eyebrow. The fight ends when Mitchell hits one final takedown.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Mitchell (29-28 Mitchell)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Mitchell (29-28 Mitchell)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Mitchell (29-28 Mitchell)

The Official Result

Bryce Mitchell def. Andre Fili via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Uriah Hall (186) vs. Anderson Silva (184)

Round 1

The main event, one between Silva (34-10, 1 NC; 17-6, 1 NC UFC) and a man many called the next Silva in Hall (15-9, 8-7 UFC), comes at middleweight. There may be no better man suited to headline the very first UFC Halloween card than Silva, who has said much of ending his UFC career at the end of the night. Referee Herb Dean is given the honor to supervise what could be Silva’s last fight, and the two warriors show respect early with a bow and a glove touch. The round begins in a stalemate, with the two counterstrikers staring one another down from a distance for the first minute with nary a strike thrown. Hall paws out a few jabs that are far away from his opponent, and Silva slaps with a leg kick. Hall returns fire with his own kick, and the action stalls out again. Hall kicks the lead leg once and Silva does the same, and “The Spider” flings a head kick that is easily blocked. Silva has a kick blocked, and he evades a left straight from his adversary. Hall lets loose a head kick and he falls over, and Silva lets him up but charges after him to score a left hand. Silva kicks the knee, and Hall does the same. Silva puts together a combination of strikes to put Hall on the defensive, and Silva is recklessly charging at him as he continues to swarm Hall with strikes. Hall catches him with a right hand to back him off, and Silva resets to throw a low calf kick. Hall kicks him in the midsection, and Silva hops forward and throws an Andy Hug-style spinning low heel kick. Hall tries to make him pay but he comes up short, but he snaps out a quick jab. Silva rushes after him, absorbs another jab on the jaw, and rips the body with a left hand. Silva streaks at him with three punches that makes Hall fall back to the fence, and a front kick from Silva gets countered with a check left hook. Silva lands on more right hand to end the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Silva
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Silva
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Silva

Round 2

A touch of gloves clocks in the second frame, and Hall sticks out his jab early. Silva kicks the leg and swats away a jab, before spinning with a kick that glances off Hall’s torso. Silva slaps a front kick off the chest of his opponent, and Hall cannot counter it. Both swing and miss with reaching punches, and the staring contest resumes for 30 seconds until Silva kicks him in the body with a side kick. Hall has a leg kick checked, and Silva responds with a stomping side kick to the thigh. Silva circles all the way around his opponent 360 degrees, and he jabs and kicks the knee. Hall reacts with a leg kick, and a swatting left hand grazes Silva’s chin. Some tape on Hall’s glove has come loose, and Dean pauses them to cut it. Silva starts back up with a one-two, and Hall slaps a quick leg kick on Silva’s right knee. Silva’s spinning back kick is planted on Hall’s midsection, and he begins to motion his hands all over to confuse Hall from an attack. Silva does not actually throw anything when he does this, and the two stare at one another from a distance some more. Silva kicks at the lead leg and hops around the outside, and he lands one on the inside and on the outside of Hall’s leg. “The Spider” brushes off a jab but absorbs a heavy leg kick that makes him think about changing his stance. The two jab at one another but cannot reach their targets, and Hall spins quickly and his heel careens off Silva’s guard. Silva kicks the body and avoids a counter, ducking a jab and landing one of his own. Silva circles around until the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Silva
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Silva
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Silva

Round 3

The two middleweights touch gloves, and Hall shoots out a few power jabs early. Silva switches up his stances to wing a left hand, and Hall just gets out of the way. The Brazilian fakes high and kicks to the body, and Hall eats it without issue. Silva lands a leg kick and gets countered with a jab, and the two are tensely feinting and faking without throwing much of import. Hall jabs high and to the body, and Silva replies with a leg kick, a body kick and another leg kick. The two are slapping hands together in what looks like the MMA version of pattycake, and Silva lands a solid left hand that makes Hall backpedal. Silva chops down the lead leg, dodges a jab and weaves away from a spinning back kick at close range from Hall. Silva releases an axe kick that Hall blocks, and the former champ lets rip with an overhand left. Silva sticks Hall with a hard jab, and Hall returns but gets jabbed again. Silva lands a teep kick down the middle, and Hall lands a right hand but takes a hard punch to the eye. Hall complains that he got poked, but the action continues when Dean says it was a punch. Silva works his way in with strikes, and he clinches up with “Primetime” to smash Hall’s toes with a stomp that echoes throughout the arena. Silva gets off a knee up the middle, and Hall breaks free to go on the offensive. Hall scores the right hand a few times, and Silva nails him in the face with an elbow. Hall blasts him with a right hand over the top, sending Silva crashing down to the ground. Hall pours it on as he tries to chase Silva down and take him out, and Silva grabs hold of Hall’s leg to survive to the bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Hall
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Hall
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Hall

Round 4

Silva begins the round with a solid left hand, and Hall dances on the outside after Silva kicks his leg. Silva is light on his feet and does not appear negatively impacted from the knockdown, and the two trade single strikes from a distance. Hall lands a jab, and Silva wades forward to blitz him. “Primetime” catches him with a picture-perfect right hand while Silva’s hands are down, putting Silva down hard. Silva tries to survive by kicking off, but Hall unleashes one final barrage of strikes of punches and hammerfists to seal the deal. Dean dives in to stop the fight, as Silva is out and grabs hold of Dean’s leg unconsciously. Winning over his idol, Hall breaks down in tears and apologizes to Silva for beating him, and thanking Silva for inspiring him. The two share a great moment together, embracing and letting their emotions out. If this is indeed the last time we see Silva in the cage, he is unquestionably one of the best to ever do it, and even in defeat his legacy remains intact.

The Official Result

Uriah Hall def. Anderson Silva R4 1:24 via TKO (Punches)
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