It Could be a Short Night
Former star NFL running back Le’Veon Bell and MMA star Uriah Hall fight on Saturday in what can only be described as an exhibition fight.
Bell, with limited boxing experience, is the boxing odds underdog against a proven fighter. Hall is known for his wild knockouts as opposed to his boxing, but the clear edge is with the professional fighter.
Bell Collecting his Money
We are not sure why Bell is fighting Hall, but we suspect there is a healthy payday regardless of the result.
However, Bell has everything to gain and nothing but getting knocked out to lose. He has little boxing experience and he’s picked out one of the more dangerous fighters to go up against.
Fighting with bigger gloves won’t help Hall, but it won’t help Bell, either. That hasn’t stopped Bell from being confident pre-fight.
“As soon as Most Valuable Promotions approached me about joining the Paul-Silva pay-per-view, I told them, ‘I want in,’ and didn’t care who the opponent was,” Bell said. “Uriah Hall is going to feel my punching power and tap out like he’s getting submitted. He is not built like me.“
The +350 betting online underdog will do well to go the distance.
Hall Losing Focus
We have been disappointed with the attitude of Hall recently and taking this fight suggests he’s not interested in his UFC career.
The one-time, highlight-reel knockout artist has looked dour at his last two fights. He often enters the Octagon smiling and jovial before unwilling to throw punches. However, he has come out and said he has struggled with depression.
“I was in a weird place,” Hall told MMA Junkie. “After leaving MMA, man, I fell into a really deep hole. If I could talk about it, I fell into a deep depression. A lot of athletes, when you do something for so long, that’s what you identify as, you know?”
His recent MMA losses to Andre Muniz and Sean Strickland were disappointing. They came after four straight victories, which Hall used as a springboard for his career, but he hasn’t been able to kick on.
The sportsbook has Hall at -500, which is warranted. He’s the only fighter in the matchup and he should have the power advantage.
Bell vs Hall Head-to-Head
It’s the first meeting between Bell and Hall, which is also their boxing debut.
Bell vs Hall Fight Information
- Fight: Bell vs Hall
- Location: Desert Diamond Arena, Glendale, AZ
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. ET
- Bell vs Hall Live Stream: Box Live
Bell vs Hall Betting Lines
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Bell vs Hall Prediction
There is no chance we’re backing Bell to beat a professional fighter and Hall seemingly has a purpose to win.
The odds are short but take Hall to score a comfortable victory.