The tall, long-limbed lightweight was a star of “The Ultimate Fighter” season 5 and coined as the next big thing by his trainer on the show, Jens Pulver. He proved to be an entertaining personality, both in and out of the Octagon.
Hill is planning a Jan. 23 bout, after a year long layoff, at “Raging Wolf” from the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel in Niagara, NY. The news of the bout was initially reported by Sherdog.com
Perhaps most remember Hill in the recent limelight from his gruesome leg break suffered during a bout with Dale Harrt approximately one year ago. The injury happened during the second round of the aforementioned bout at “UFC: Fight for the Troops”.
Hill attempted a leg kick which was textbook “checked” by Dale Harrt. The combination of forces snapped Hill’s leg nearly in half.
Despite a projected rehab time of eighteen months, Hill was back in the gym working out just four months after his injury. Hill had this to say about the situation:
I still had a little bit swelling in my leg, so I was limping around and trying to spar standing against the wall. I was giving my trainer, Rob Kahn, a heart attack. Some days I’d come in and think, ‘I’m ready, I’m ready.’ On other days, something would happen and I’d realize I needed more time to learn. The more you learn, the more you earn. We decided that I didn’t just want to come back (to the UFC) to be back. I wanted to come back and make an impact for the rest of my career. What, six or nine more months?
The lightweight prospect is still technically under contract with the UFC but was given the permission to fight outside of the UFC to get back into the swing of things.