Silva (34-10) tipped the scales at 184 pounds for his middleweight main event against Hall (15-9). Silva, 45, has been coy as to whether Saturday’s bout will be his last, but he has acknowledged it is likely the final time he will fight. UFC president Dana White has promoted the bout as Silva’s last trip to the Octagon.
Silva is considered one of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts history. He made his UFC debut in 2006 and won his first 16 fights. He held the 185-pound title from 2006 to 2013 and was widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world during much of that stretch.
The UFC actually booked this fight against Hall — who weighed in at 184 pounds — years ago in Brazil, but Silva was forced to withdraw due to health issues. Hall has won three of his past four contests. His only loss came to recent title challenger Paulo Costa in 2018.
Saturday’s UFC event did lose a bantamweight bout between Priscila Cachoeira and Cortney Casey. The UFC announced on Friday that the 135-pound fight was canceled after Cachoeira was forced off the card due to “weight management issues.” Neither Cachoeira nor Casey weighed in on Friday.