Uriah Hall has a huge opportunity to move into the UFC’s top 15 middleweight rankings, but it doesn’t sound like Michael Bisping will be betting the farm on that happening…
Hall is schedule to take on Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Night 75 this Saturday, who is currently ranked #6 in the 185 division. Although Hall has gone 4-1 in his last five bouts, and is coming off a quick stoppage win over Oluwale Bamgbose, he’s on the outside of the top 15 looking in.
In the latest episode of “UFC Tonight“, Bisping was asked to weigh-in on the compelling match-up, and here is some of what “The Count” had to say (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“He has all the talent and all the tools to win, but he has struggled in his fights. He’s kind of flashy, but needs to prove it and be better against Gegard, a top-10 guy. He has to bring his A-game. I believe Gegard will take him down and expose his weakness, which is grappling, and get him in one of those crafty submissions.”
It’s a prediciton likely a lot of folks agree with. Even if Mousasi can’t get Hall to the ground, it’s certainly not like the former Strikeforce champ is a can on his feet either. Although, as Bisping noted, the clearest path to victory for Mousasi is probably on the mat.
It’s going to be interesting to see what goes down. Hall has certainly demonstrated that he’s capable of ending any man’s night in extremely quicky and brutal fashions (yes, that’s a reference to his head kick KOs).
Mousasi, meanwhile, is coming off consecutive wins over Costas Philippou and Dan Henderson. The only men to defeat him so far in 6 UFC bouts are Lyoto Machida and Yoel Romero. He’s also defeated Mark Munoz and Ilir Latifi during his UFC run.
UFC FN 75 will go down at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. In the main event, Josh Barnett will take on fellow heavyweight contender, Roy Nelson.