Back in the day, World Championship Wrestling used to run an annual October pay-per-view show called Halloween Havoc, which was automatically my favorite because (1) it’s just a cool sounding name, and (2) my birthday is October 30, so I’ve always had a serious affinity for the night everyone gets dressed up and goes out collecting candy.

Headlined by what is expected to be the final bout in the illustrious career of longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva as he takes on streaking Ultimate Fighter alum Uriah Hall, Saturday’s card is laced with competitive matchups across myriad divisions, featuring a strong mixed of familiar faces, emerging talents, and promising upstarts, including a trio of fighters under the age of 30 with an abundance of upside.

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Here’s a closer look at those competitors.

This is the October 31 edition of On the Rise.

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Bryce Mitchell

“Thug Nasty” was already making a name for himself with a pair of UFC victories and his demands for camouflage shorts to wear on fight night when he stepped into the cage last December and locked up Matt Sayles in the second twister submission in UFC history. Back in May, the 26-year-old featherweight followed up his “Submission of the Year” turn with a dominant showing against Charles Rosa at UFC 249, thoroughly outworking the veteran black belt on the canvas en route to a trio of lopsided scorecards and a fourth straight triumph since coming off Season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Kevin Holland

If the athletes on this list were to dress up for Halloween, a case could be made for Holland donning some cargo pants and combat boots to do his best Dante Hicks impression because like everyone’s favorite Quick Stop employee, he’s not even supposed to be here.

Unfortunately, the costume wouldn’t work because unlike Dante, Holland really wants to be working this weekend, as Texas’ “Trailblazer” jumped at the opportunity to replace Krzysztof Jotko opposite Makhmud Muradov this weekend in what is his fourth appearance since the UFC’s early May restart.

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