Anderson Silva closes out career as underdog on UFC odds

Anderson Silva will be looking to end his illustrious MMA career on a winning note when he takes on middleweight Uriah Hall on Saturday as a +180 underdog on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Silva has struggled to find the win column since losing the UFC middleweight crown to Chris Weidman seven years ago at UFC 162, and has announced his intention to retire from combat sports following Saturday night’s matchup at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

Silva is coming off a crushing first-round TKO loss to Jared Cannonier in his last outing almost 18 months ago at UFC 237, and has come away with the win in just one of his past eight trips to the octagon. The 45-year-old Brazilian’s struggles began with the first of back-to-back second-round losses to Weidman. However, Silva has gone the distance with regularity since, with five of his past six contests getting decided by the judges, including a three-round unanimous decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208.

While Silva winds down his career, Hall looks to boost his stock on the UFC middleweight rankings when he enters the octagon on Saturday as a -230 favourite at online sports betting sites. Currently pegged at No. 10 in the divisional rankings, Hall has been idle since claiming a split decision win over Antônio Carlos Júnior at UFC Fight Night 158. Now riding his first two-fight win streak in over five years, Hall has gained a reputation as an effective finisher while racking up a pro MMA record of 15-9, with 11 of his victories coming by knockout.

Elsewhere on the UFC odds for Saturday, featherweight Bryce Mitchell puts an unblemished 13-0 record on the line as he battles Andre

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Vera offers Aung La N Sang a shot at ONE heavyweight belt

Brandon Vera. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Brandon Vera once challenged Aung La N Sang to become a two-division World champion in ONE Championship, but that wish came to a devastating end when the heavyweight titleholder literally dropped against the light heavyweight king.

After a disappointing end to his double title dream, Vera ultimately came to the realization that he will hust settle in his current  place atop the heavyweight division, but he offered Aung La a shot for his belt.

“I’d give anyone a shot at the heavyweight title if they are in line and challenging, champ-champ included,” said Vera.

“Of course, he gave me a shot at his championship belt. It would probably seem rude not to. Aung La is #1 right now. He’s the GOAT [greatest of all time] at ONE.”

Vera hasn’t lost a bout in ONE Championship but his four-fight winning streak came to a screeching halt when he dropped down to light heavyweight and suffered a second round technical knockout loss against Aung La in October 2019.

Aung La (26-10), who holds titles in two weight classes, will defend his middleweight championship against Reinier De Ridder (12-0) in ONE: Inside the Matrix and Vera sees his old foe coming out of the match with the win.

“Of course, I have Aung La winning this fight,” said Vera. “I’m very excited to watch the champ-champ compete again and do his thing. De Ridder better be in shape. Try and not let Aung La hit you.”

Both Aung La and De Ridder have a preposterous 92 percent stoppage rate in their professional careers but Vera predicts that the match would be a one-sided affair in favor of the Burmese Python.

“I don’t think this fight is going to be a war. The champ has grown past

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Khabib Nurmagomedov leapfrogs Jon Jones on UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings

Khabib Nurmagomedov got what he asked for.

The UFC lightweight champion was bumped from No. 2 up to the No. 1 spot on the organization’s pound-for-pound rankings on Tuesday.

“I know only one thing I want from UFC,” Nurmagomedov said Saturday after announcing his retirement following his dominant UFC 254 win against Justin Gaethje. “Tuesday, you guys have to put me on No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world because I deserve this. UFC undisputed, undefeated lightweight champion, 13-0, 13 in UFC, 29-0 in my pro MMA career. I think I deserve it.”

Nurmagomedov’s retirement is related to the July passing of his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.

The UFC’s official fighter rankings are determined by a voting panel comprised of a selection of MMA media members, so overall it’s a subjective endeavour and recency bias often comes into play.

“I want to congratulate Khabib for an outstanding career,” Jones wrote on Twitter minutes after Nurmagomedov removed his four-ounce gloves for the final time. “I know he made his father along with millions of fans around the world incredibly proud today. May God continue to bless him on his journey.”

Jones also immediately defended his own legacy and made the case for why he should remain in the top spot on the pound-for-pound rankings.

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