There are three title fights on the UFC 261 card and the final fight before that trio is a middleweight bout and rematch between Uriah Hall and Chris Weidman.
It’s essentially a pick’em on the MMA odds. The over-under is 2.5 rounds.
Uriah Hall UFC 261 Odds
Israel Adesanya is the middleweight champion and the Jamaican/American Hall is ranked No. 9 in the division. “Primetime” was born in Jamaica but his family moved to New York in his early teens.
The 36-year-old Hall (16-9) began his MMA career way back in 2005. His first career loss was in his fourth fifth fight, a first-round TKO (punches) at the hands of Chris Weidman in the Ring of Combat organization. Hall stayed in the ROC – winning a middleweight title — until his UFC debut, a split decision loss to Kelvin Gastelum in “the Ultimate Fighter 17” finale in April 2013.
Hall’s longest winning streak in the UFC is three in a row, which he has done twice and is on currently. He was last in the Octagon on Halloween 2020 and beat the legendary but past-his-prime Anderson Silva by fourth-round TKO. Hall usually wins by KO/TKO (75 per cent) with three victories by decision and one by submission. Five losses are via decision and four by KO/TKO.
In UFC action, Hall’s fights last an average of 9:44. He lands 3.34 significant strikes per minute with 51 per cent accuracy and absorbs 3.54. Hall averages 0.67 takedowns per 15 minutes with 38 per cent accuracy and his takedown defence is 69 per cent.
Chris Weidman UFC 261 Odds
The 36-year-old Weidman, who also fights out of New York, is 15-5 in an MMA career that began in 2009. Weidman, a terrific collegiate wrestler, also was a former Ring of Combat middleweight champion – which he won in the first fight vs. Hall and then defended once before signing with the UFC.
“The All-American” started his career 13-0 and captured the UFC middleweight title with a win over Anderson Silva at UFC 162 as a big-time underdog. That was Silva’s first loss in the UFC and ended his 17-fight undefeated streak. Weidman defended the belt successfully again vs. Silva and then against Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort before losing to Luke Rockhold via fourth-round TKO (punches) at UFC 194. Weidman is 2-4 since that bout and beat Omari Akhmedov via unanimous decision his most recent fight last August.
Weidman has won six times by KO/TKO, five by decision and four by submission, but all five defeats are via KO/TKO. In the UFC, Weidman’s fight average 10:16. He lands 3.03 significant strikes per minute with 43 per cent accuracy and absorbs 3.15. Weidman averages 3.93 takedowns per 15 minutes with 47 per cent accuracy and his takedown defence is 65 per cent.
UFC 261 Prediction: Hall vs. Weidman
Hall by KO, TKO or DQ at +210.