Ultimate Fighter 17 finalist Uriah Hall has been in the cage with top contenders like Costa Philippou and Chris Weidman, losing to both as a young fighter trying to rise through the ranks in the Northeast. However, some of the toughest battles in Hall’s life have taken place outside of the ring and inside the space between his ears.
The 28-year old Hall was willing to share his struggles with self-esteem during TUF 17, saying he’d dealt with bullying as a kid from Jamaica growing up in New York City and never fully shook the psychological effects. However, through his ascension to one of the most promise-laden TUF prospects in a long time, Hall’s mindset slowly changed thanks in part to the coaching and reassurance of Chael Sonnen.
Now, going into this Saturday night’s final against Kelvin Gastelum, Hall feels he’s functioning at a higher level than ever before and plans to show such in the co-headlining clash.
“I’m gonna win this fight because I’m very determined. I’m so confident and relaxed it’s scary. I’ve never been confident and relaxed. Never,” said Hall in an interview with the UFC, going on to admit, “Learning how to get a better grip on myself as a fighter and realizing my potential and acting on it…for me personally, I feel like a champion. I feel like I’ve won already.”
Hall is 7-2 professional with six finishes, adding a number of other highlights to his reel thanks to his series of scintillating stoppages on TUF 17. Meanwhile, Gastelum is 5-0 thus far in his career.
Check out the full clip with Hall, as well as comments from Gastelum, below:
PHOTO CREDIT – FX