It’s been over a decade since Uriah Hall and Chris Weidman first fought, and now, the two are going to square off once again in an interesting bout between middleweight veterans. Hall, a former champion in the division, is looking to go 2-0 in his career against Hall, but the latter has been on a roll of late. Who’s your pick to win this fight? Check out our preview of this bout below.
Betting Preview for the Uriah Hall vs Chris Weidman Middleweight Bout at UFC 261 on April 24, 2021
Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
When: Saturday, April 24, 2021
TV Broadcast: UFC PPV, ESPN+
Betting on Uriah Hall (-115)
MMA Record: 17-9-0
Hall is on a three-fight win streak. In his last bout, he defeated Anderson Silva via knockout in the fourth round in November 2020. Granted that it was Silva, who’s way past his prime, that win for Hall nevertheless helped sustain his momentum, as he attempted to make his way to an eventual title fight. Hall is a scary striker with 13 knockout wins in his resume, and given his talent, it can be a bit frustrating to see that he only has a 17-9 MMA record. That being said, he is still a dangerous fighter, especially when he uses his advantages well. His length will be one of those. He will have a 1.5-inch reach advantage (79.5) against Weidman. Hall needs to be careful when dealing with Weidman’s striking of course, but he should have learned his lesson a long time ago. If Weidman tries to make this fight a strikefest, Hall should feel confident about his length and power.
Betting on Chris Weidman (-115)
MMA Record: 15-5-0
Weidman broke a two-fight losing skid by scoring a unanimous decision in his last bout agains Omari Akhmedov in August 2020. Before that, he had back-to-back losses at the hands of Dominick Reyes and Jacare Souza. Weidman has won just two of his past five fights, including the one against Luke Rockohold in 2015 where he lost his middleweight belt. But Weidman isn’t entirely washed. He’s looked good at times in his past few fights even in losses. He scored a submission win over Kelvin Gastelum in 2017, and he could be due for a win again. He’s already defeated Hall before via knockout plus Weidman has a good balance in his striking and ground skills. The man they call the “All-American” has a 52 takedown accuracy percentage to go with a solid 73 takedown defense percentage. Weidman needs to control the fight early and set the tone to make Hall uncomfortable, especially on the mat. Weidman has four submission wins and hasn’t been submitted so far in his MMA career.
Chris Weidman wins via decision.
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