Getting prepared for UFC On ESPN+ 39 this coming Saturday? Here is everything you need to know about the event with our Guide To UFC On ESPN+ 39.
UFC On ESPN+ 39
Date: October 31, 2020
Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada
Start Time: 7 PM eastern time, 4 PM pacific time
Where To Watch: ESPN+
Middleweights: Uriah Hall vs. Anderson Silva
Overall Records: Hall 15-9, Silva 34-10 1 NC
UFC Records: Hall 8-7, Silva 17-6 1 NC
Last Fight: Hall def. Carlos Junior, SpDEC, UFC On ESPN+ 16 (9/14/19), Cannonier def. Silva, R1 TKO, UFC 237 (5/11/19)
Last Five Fights: Hall 3-2, Silva 1-4
Rankings: Hall #10
Betting Odds: Hall -220, Silva +180
Preview: Silva, the long-time UFC Middleweight Champion and one of the greatest fighters in UFC history, has announced that this will be his retirement fight. We all know how that goes sometime, but he is 45-years-old and the clock is definitely ticking. This has been a fight they’ve been trying to make for years as Hall presents a great style match-up for Silva, and it really would be a big win on the resume of Hall. Hall hasn’t fought in over a year as he’s had scheduled fights against Ronaldo Souza and Yoel Romero fall apart either due to COVID-19 or injuries to the opponents. Hall has been itching to fight for a long time. Silva is coming back after having not fought since May 2019 and is coming off of a bad knee injury. They are both flashy fighters, but also ones who could drag out fights to uneventful outcomes. This might be a spectacular finish, or it might be a boring decision. Either way, Silva’s last fight might be one to remember.
Featherweights: Andre Fili vs. Bryce Mitchell
Overall Records: Fili 21-7, Mitchell 13-0
UFC Records: Fili 9-6, Mitchell 4-0
Last Fight: Fili def. Jourdain, SpDEC, UFC On ESPN 10 (6/13/20), Mitchell def. Rosa, UnDEC, UFC 249 (5/9/20)
Last Five Fights: Fili 3-2, Mitchell 5-0
Rankings: Mitchell #15
Betting Odds: Fili +140, Mitchell -160
Preview: This is an exciting featherweight fight and a great chance for both men to be featured in the co-main event slot. Mitchell has gotten a great amount of hype behind him, both for his fighting style and his unique charisma and personality. He has been extremely impressive during his UFC tenure, and he’s undefeated for a reason. Fili presents his toughest test to date. Fili is an action fighter who likes to stand-and-trade, but he has underrated ground skills as well. Mitchell is going to try and take him down and dominate on the mat, while Fili is best-served to keep it standing. This is an excellent match-up and might be the overall best fight on the card.
Middleweights: Kevin Holland vs. Makhmud Muradov
Overall Records: Holland 19-5, Muradov 24-6
UFC Records: Holland 6-2, Muradov 2-0
Last Fight: Holland def. Stewart, SpDEC, UFC On ESPN+ 36 (9/19/20), Muradov def. Smith, R3 KO, UFC On ESPN 7 (12/7/19)
Last Five Fights: Holland 4-1, Muradov 5-0
Betting Odds: Holland -150, Muradov +130
Preview: Any time Holland is in a fight, it has the potential to be great. He is a fun and exciting fighter with a lot of flashiness and charisma. He will talk during the fight, but it’s not just to talk. He is also very dangerous. He is taking this fight on short notice and is looking for a better performance than in his last bout against Darren Stewart, a fight he felt he lost. Taking on Muradov on short notice is a dangerous proposition though. Muradov has knockout power as evidenced by his 16 wins by knockout. He has also won 13 straight fights and is quickly rising up the middleweight rankings. The winner of this fight could find themselves ranked after the event. This is one of the more interesting fights on the card and has the potential to be another great fight.
Heavyweights: Maurice Greene vs. Greg Hardy
Overall Records: Greene 9-4, Hardy 6-2 1 NC
UFC Records: Greene 4-2, Hardy 3-2 1 NC
Last Fight: Greene def. Villante, R3 SUB, UFC On ESPN 12 (6/27/20), Hardy def. De Castro, UnDEC, UFC 249 (5/9/20)
Last Five Fights: Greene 3-2, Hardy 3-1 1 NC
Betting Odds: Greene +255, Hardy -310
Preview: Greene will be an interesting test for Hardy. Greene is big heavyweight who is also tall, and this will be the second time Hardy faces someone who is taller than him. He lost the last time that happened. Hardy hasn’t been very impressive and he’s not really showing huge improvement. It’s a surprise that he is such a big betting favorite over Greene. Greene hasn’t always fought up to the best of his abilities, but he should give Hardy a tough fight. This is more of a toss-up fight than the odds show.
Lightweights: Bobby Green vs. Thiago Moises
Overall Records: Green 27-10-1, Moises 13-4
UFC Records: Green 8-5-1, Moises 2-2
Last Fight: Green def. Patrick, UnDEC, UFC On ESPN+ 35 (9/12/20), Moises def. Johnson, R2 SUB, UFC On ESPN+ 29 (5/13/20)
Last Five Fights: Green 3-2, Moises 3-2
Betting Odds: Green -235, Moises +195
Preview: Green, who sports the nickname King, might as well be called the King Of The UFC APEX, as he fights there for the fourth time since all of the US-based UFC events moved to Las Vegas. It is the third straight month he will fight and he is going for his fourth straight win. Moises is getting back to action after having a scheduled fight in September cancelled on fight day when he tested positive for COVID-19. Green’s current hot streak sees him fighting at a level he hasn’t yet fought at in the UFC, or at least in a long time. Instead of squeaking out close wins, he is winning convincingly. Moises is looking to score a second straight win after an impressive submission win over Michael Johnson in May in Florida. This is a solid lightweight fight between two guys getting close to the UFC rankings.
Start Time: 4 PM eastern time, 1 PM pacific time
Where To Watch: ESPN+
Lightweights: Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Alexander Hernandez
Overall Records: Gruetzemacher 14-3, Hernandez 11-3
UFC Records: Gruetzemacher 2-2, Hernandez 3-2
Last Fight: Gruetzemacher def. Lauzon, R2 TKO, UFC 223 (4/7/18), Dober def. Hernandez, R2 TKO, UFC On ESPN+ 29 (5/13/20)
Last Five Fights: Gruetzemacher 3-2, Hernandez 3-2
Betting Odds: Gruetzemacher +250, Hernandez -300
Preview: Hernandez was on the way up as a hot prospect at 155 pounds less than two years ago, but losses in two of his last three fights have halted his momentum. Gruetzemacher returns to action for the first time since April 2018 and looks to score his second straight win. This feels like a fight made to get Hernandez back into the win column, but he shouldn’t take Gruetzemacher lightly. A win for Hernandez will get him back on the cusp of the rankings, but a loss will be very detrimental to the growth of his career.
Bantamweights: Adrian Yanez vs. Victor Rodriguez
Overall Records: Yanez 11-3, Rodriguez 7-2
UFC Records: Both making their UFC debuts
Last Fight: Yanez def. Huang, R1 TKO, Dana White’s Contender Series 28 (8/11/20), Rodriguez def. Mazurek, R2 KO, Alaska FC 157 (2/26/20)
Last Five Fights: Yanez 4-1, Rodriguez 4-1
Betting Odds: Yanez -280, Rodriguez +240
Preview: Two fighters on four-fight win streaks make their UFC debuts in this one. Yanez was signed after a 39-second knockout win during Dana White’s Contender Series in August. He was scheduled to fight Aaron Phillips in this spot, but Phillips was forced out due to injury, so Rodriguez was signed to make a short-notice debut. Rodriguez has won all seven of his professional fights by knockout, so he has some power. This has potential to be an explosive fight inside the smaller Octagon.
Middleweights: Sean Strickland vs. Jack Marshman
Overall Records: Strickland 20-3, Marshman 23-9
UFC Records: Strickland 7-3, Marshman 3-4
Last Fight: Strickland def. Taleb, R2 TKO, UFC Fight Night 138 (10/27/18), Shahbazyan def. Marshman, R1 SUB, UFC 239 (7/6/19)
Last Five Fights: Strickland 3-2, Marshman 2-3
Betting Odds: Strickland -230, Marshman +190
Preview: Strickland is returning from being out of action for over two years after a bad motorcycle accident left him with numerous injuries. Before the incident, he was a quickly rising welterweight prospect, but he will be moving up to 185 pounds for this one. Marshman is taking this fight on short notice, replacing Wellington Turman, who pulled out due to COVID-19, and he fights for the first time in over 15 months as he looks to rebound from a tough stretch that’s seen him drop three of his last four fights. Strickland is the favorite, and both will need to shake off some ring rust, but this one has some fun potential.
Welterweights: Cole Williams vs. Jason Witt
Overall Records: Williams 11-2, Witt 17-6
UFC Records: Williams 0-1, Witt 0-1
Last Fight: Silva def. Williams, R1 SUB, UFC On ESPN 5 (8/3/19), Sato def. Witt, R1 TKO, UFC On ESPN 12 (6/27/20)
Last Five Fights: Williams 4-1, Witt 4-1
Betting Odds: Williams +105, Witt -125
Preview: Two fighters fighting for the second time inside the Octagon compete here, where the winner will score their first UFC win. Williams hasn’t fought in over a year, but was on an eight-fight win streak prior to a loss in his UFC debut. Witt lost his UFC debut, one he took the day before the fight, but had won nine of ten fights prior to that loss. They might be fighting for a spot on the UFC roster, so this is a pivotal fight for both men.
Light Heavyweights: Dustin Jacoby vs. Justin Ledet
Overall Records: Jacoby 12-5, Ledet 9-3 1 NC
UFC Records: Jacoby 0-2, Ledet 3-3
Last Fight: Jacoby def. Flores, UnDEC, Dana White’s Contender Series 27 (8/4/20), Camur def. Ledet, UnDEC, UFC 246 (1/18/20)
Last Five Fights: Jacoby 3-2, Ledet 2-3
Betting Odds: Jacoby -245, Ledet +205
Preview: Jacoby returns to the UFC for the first time since 2012, getting a new contract after competing on Dana White’s Contender Series in August. He has been competing in kickboxing for several years, but made his return to MMA last year. Ledet is looking to snap a three-fight losing skid in search of his first win since moving back to 205 pounds. I see this one going the distance and it might not be the most exciting fight on the card, but should be a solid fight.
Women’s Flyweights: Cortney Casey vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Overall Records: Casey 9-8, Cachoeira 9-3
UFC Records: Casey 5-7, Cachoeira 1-3
Last Fight: Robertson def. Casey, R3 SUB, UFC On ESPN 11 (6/20/20), Cachoeira def. Dobson, R1 KO, UFC On ESPN+ 26 (2/22/20)
Last Five Fights: Casey 2-3, Cachoeira 2-3
Betting Odds: Casey -245, Cachoeira +205
Preview: Two female flyweights looking to crack the top fifteen take the stage here. Casey is looking to get back in the win column after splitting her first two fights since moving back to 125 pounds. After dropping her first three UFC bouts, Cachoeira got into the win column after her previous fight in February. Casey has a good ground game and Cachoeira will have the slight edge on the feet. I favor Casey in this one, but don’t count Cachoeira out.
Bantamweights: Miles Johns vs. Kevin Natividad
Overall Records: Johns 10-1, Natividad 9-1
UFC Records: Johns 1-1, Natividad Debut
Last Fight: Bautista def. Johns, R2 TKO, UFC 247 (2/8/20), Natividad def. Estrada, R2 TKO, LFA 85 (7/17/20)
Last Five Fights: Johns 4-1, Natividad 5-0
Betting Odds: Johns -200, Natividad +170
Preview: The opening fight on the show is a battle between bantamweight prospects. Johns is looking to rebound from his first career loss against the debuting Natividad. Johns won his first ten fights and has been in some entertaining battles during his career. Natividad makes his debut and he looks to continue his winning ways as he’s won five straight. This should be an exciting opening bout.