Heading into UFC Fight Night 26, anyone who had witnessed what Uriah Hall did during TUF 17, and was familiar with the stopping power of John Howard, likely had their bout as a “Fight of the Night” candidate. At the end of the day, however, the fight didn’t turn out to be the thrilling, striking war people were hoping for.
While Howard ended up picking up the split decision victory and the upset win, Hall has now gone winless in his first official UFC fights. It’s been a disappointing start to Hall’s UFC career, considering it wasn’t long ago he was the talk of MMA. Now sure, one could point out that both of Hall’s losses have been by split decision, but that probably wouldn’t resonate with Dana White. Here’s some of what the UFC President had to say about Hall after last night’s card (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“I love Uriah Hall. I have a great relationship with this kid. He’s one of the nicest human beings you’ll ever meet. He’s not a fighter, man.”
“He was this killer that everybody was afraid of on ‘TUF,'” White said. “Then he comes in to the big show, where it all really matters and where this is going to make your livelihood and everything else, and he turns into this different person, this super-nice guy.”
“If I could take Brad Pickett’s brain and heart and put it inside Uriah Hall’s body, holy s–t there would be some damage done,” White said, while referring to the rugged Pickett who lost via submission to Michael McDonalad. “Uriah Hall has all the physical attributes to be amazing. He’s got speed. He’s got power. He’s just unbelievable. He doesn’t have what it mentally takes to fight here. That was a high-five competition.”
When asked if Hall’s going to be brought back for another bout, White relayed he’s going to have to think about it. If Hall is, there’s no question he’ll be in a must win situation next time out.
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