As UFC Vegas 12 came to an end, there were quite a few questions answered for fans and critics alike.
Anderson Silva’s career came to a screeching halt as he was knocked out by Uriah Hall in the fourth round of their main event fight, while the career of Bryce Mitchell took an upturn following his super impressive win over Andre Fili.
The main event was centred around the fact it was going to be Silva’s final fight in the UFC, but the Brazilian was insistent that he had other ideas. It wasn’t a shock though, when after a cagey start Hall turned up the pressure and became too much for him to handle.
A speedy counter right hand from Hall as he evaded a barrage of strikes from Silva ended the fight and left ‘The Spider’ squished on the ground, hugging the leg of referee Herb Dean as he waved the fight off.
Afterwards, the two embraced emotionally with Uriah Hall flooding with tears and telling Silva that he loves him in a way that fiercely resembled Ric Flair’s retirement match with Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24.
UFC president Dana White revealed after the event that despite Silva having one more fight on his contract, he would never allow him to fight in the UFC again. He even went as far as to reveal that he regretted letting this fight happen, while Silva continued to insist after the loss that he would take his time to consider his MMA future.
In the co-main event, Bryce Mitchell extended his unbeaten record to 14-0 with a unanimous decision win over Andre Fili.
The 26 year old was dominant in the opening round with his ground game, securing takedowns and dominating the scrambles before coming into some trouble in the second round. Fili was able to defend the takedowns well and then used his superior striking to take the round and make it even going into the final round.
Mitchell then upped the levels once again in the third round, dominating on the ground once again and pushing his way to a big win. The win for ‘Thug Nasty’ pushes him further up the rankings in a stacked featherweight division, where a fight against any of the Top 10 will surely be exciting.
The likes of Edson Barboza or Dan Ige are possible too, but I would personally prefer to see Mitchell take on the likes of Arnold Allen or Jeremy Stephens. With his undefeated record, I believe he deserves a big name on his record once again and a fight against someone like Stephens or Allen could propel him into title contention with a win.
His attitude was excellent after the fight too, admitting he wasn’t happy with his performance because he allowed Fili to defend well against him on the ground which is something he doesn’t want to allow fighters to believe they can do.
2021 is shaping up to be a very fun year for the UFC as they look like they will need to create some new superstars.