The UFC has returned to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada with UFC Vegas 12. The main event on Saturday pairs former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva up against the ever dangerous Uriah Hall.
Prior to the bout, it was said that this would be Silva’s last fight. That story began to change earlier in the week as media pushed the question on if “The Spider” truly is retiring.
“Everybody’s asking this, and the answer will always be the same,” Silva said during an online media scrum with the Brazilian media on Wednesday via MMAFighting.com. “Maybe it’s the last, maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s the last fight in the UFC, yes, in agreement between Dana and I. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll do the other fight I have in my contract, maybe not. Anything can happen.”
“After the fight, we’ll probably see what we’ll do, to continue fighting or not, but my wish is to continue, for sure,” he added. “But let’s wait. Uriah is the focus now, and after that we’ll see the next steps, we’ll talk to Dana, we’ll see what’s doable and what’s not.”
While he’s undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters of all-time, there’s no denying that Anderson Silva has hit some rough times in recent years. Since losing his title to Chris Weidman in 2013, for example, he’s gone just 1-5-1, has failed multiple drug tests and has been injured inside of the cage on more than one occasion.
Complete UFC Vegas 12 weigh-in results below:
Main Card (ESPN+, 7:00 p.m. ET)
Uriah Hall defeated Anderson Silva via TKO – Round 4, 1:24
Bryce Mitchell defeated Andre Fili via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Greg Hardy defeated Maurice Greene via TKO – Round 2, 1:12
Kevin Holland defeated Charles Ontiveros via submission (verbal) – Round 1, 0:39
Thiago Moises defeated Bobby Green via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (ESPN+, 4:00 p.m. ET)
Alexander Hernandez defeated Chris Gruetzemacher via TKO – Round 1, 1:46
Adrian Yanez defeated Victor Rodriguez via KO – Round 1, 2:46
Sean Strickland defeated Jack Marshman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jason Witt defeated Cole Williams via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:09
Dustin Jacoby defeated Justin Ledet via TKO – Round 1, 2:38
Miles Johns defeated Kevin Natividad via KO – Round 3, 2:51