UFC middleweight Uriah Hall turned heads on TUF 17 with an arsenal of scintillating strikes including one of the most memorable knockouts in the franchise’s history. In fact, Hall’s performances were so impressive UFC President Dana White even went so far as to label him as the “most feared” fighter the show had ever produced. Of course, Hall went on to lose a Split Decision to Kelvin Gastelum in the season’s championship clash, demonstrating the 28-year old still had room to grow before embracing true greatness.
On that note, Hall believes he’ll have a chance to show off how much he has improved, both physically and mentally, since his time on TUF 17 when he hooks up with John Howard (20-8) this weekend at UFC Fight Night 26.
“I know John is a strong fighter and he’s going to come forward. He’s coming in there to bang and I’m a very technical fighter. I like to pick guys apart and I don’t think John is going to beat me at all. I’m well equipped and have a lot of weapons in my arsenal. I have a lot of stuff I haven’t even displayed yet. Going into the Octagon is only going to give me an added chance to do that,” explained Hall in an interview with the UFC’s website. “I think my stand-up is going to be a plus, but you never know what is going to happen in the game. I don’t know what his game plan is going to be, and I know my game plan is about taking the fight wherever it comes. I’m ready, man. Wherever the fight goes, I’m going to be there ready for it.”
“I absolutely think this next chapter is where it starts in Boston,” he concluded. “I’m coming off the fight with Kelvin (and) a lot of people had their opinions and views, but that happens with every fight. You take what happens and you learn from it. I feel I have improved drastically since then and I can’t wait to get to the next level, where I can put what I’ve learned on display.”
Hall is 7-3 in his career, though in fairness his pair of stumbles prior to TUF 17 came to top contender Costa Philippou and current champion Chris Weidman. In Howard he’ll face a returning veteran hungry to deliver a win in front of his hometown fans who also happens to be coming off of back-to-back knockouts on the regional scene.