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May 1, 2018 Uriah Hall News
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Hall will take on Paulo Costa in a middleweight matchup at UFC 226 in Las Vegas, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Hall has had an up-and-down UFC career, but has faced the roster's elite middleweight fighters along the way. He had been on a three-fight losing streak, but bounced back with a TKO victory over Krzysztof Jotko last September. Hall was then scheduled to face Vitor Belfort in one of the legend's final UFC bouts, but complications with his weight cut led to Hall withdrawing from the fight. There were even some frightening reports surfacing about Hall suffering a "slight heart attack." Hall has presumably since received medical clearance, though his weight cut will be worth monitoring this time around. Opponent-wise, he'll get as dangerous a prospect there is in the 185-pound division. Costa has only had three UFC fights, but each has been finished via KO/TKO within the first two rounds. It will be a battle of youth versus experience.
Uriah Hall: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Fantasy AnalysisHall was rushed to the hospital after failing to show up for weigh-ins and claimed that he refused to listen to the signs his body was giving him leading up to the bout. As for his cancelled fight against Belfort, Hall said that he would "love to fight him" after he returns to full health. After this scare, it seems likely that Hall will take a little time off from training for the near future, but he should be back in the Octagon in due time. Given the issues he had cutting to 185 pounds, it wouldn't be too surprising to see his camp consider moving up to the light heavyweight division (205 pounds).
Fantasy AnalysisThere has been no reason given as to why Hall was taken to the hospital at this time, but it appears as though the 33-year-old may have pushed too hard to cut weight prior to Sunday's previously scheduled bout against Vitor Belfort. The fight was officially called off after Hall failed to show up for the weigh-in. There should be more information on Hall's status in the coming days.
Fantasy AnalysisWith Hall failing to weigh in, the St. Louis card is down to 11 fights, and Belfort's retirement bout will have to be put on hold. At this point, there has been no word as to why Hall was a no-show, but there will likely be an update on his status in the near future. It is also unclear as to whether the UFC will try again and re-book Hall and Belfort for a future card.
Fantasy AnalysisHall enters having defeated Krzysztof Jotko in Pittsburgh in mid-September via KO (punches) in the second round of the fight. That marked an end to "Prime Time's" three-bout losing streak, and now he will face an opponent that is calling it a career following their fight. A former UFC champion, Belfort has decided to retire after going up against Hall this weekend. The 40-year-old also earned a victory during his last clash in the Octagon, besting Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision in June.
Fantasy AnalysisAbsolutely amazing. A loser of three in a row entering Saturday, Hall was seemingly on the verge of losing his job on numerous occasions in Round 1. He somehow survived and exploded in Round 2 to earn the win. This is what you get from Hall - an occasional highlight reel performance surrounded by plenty of mediocre ones. If nothing else, Hall isn't going to find himself unemployed after Saturday's effort.
Fantasy AnalysisIn their first fight, Hall was able to land one of the best knockouts of the year. He tried to unleash his spinning attacks here, but he could not land. With about a minute left in the first round, Mousasi scored a takedown. From there, he dominated Hall and forced the referee to stop the fight. Hall has now lost three fights in a row for the first time in his career.
Fantasy AnalysisAn argument can be made that referee Herb Dean (who had a rough night) could have given Hall another couple of seconds to try and recover, but he got popped with a pretty good combination from Brunson right before the bout was called off. Hall's career has been full of uneven efforts, but this was the first time as a pro that he was stopped inside the cage. Few men on the UFC roster can match Hall's highlight-reel finishing ability, but at age-32, what we saw from Hall tonight is exactly what he is: a fighter whose efforts are impossible to predict on a fight-by-fight basis. Hall is 2-3 in his last five fights dating back to May 2015.
Fantasy AnalysisWith a 2-2 record in his last four bouts, Hall's career continues to be marred by inconsistency. His inability to put together quality efforts on a fight-by-fight basis has hampered him throughout his entire career and that is highly unlikely to change going forward. He's coming off a loss to the talented Robert Whittaker in November and it doesn't get much easier here against a surging Brunson.
Fantasy AnalysisHall had an unfortunate break last May when his scheduled fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 198 was pulled after Silva needed gall bladder surgery. As a result, he has not seen the octagon since last November -- a unanimous-decision loss to Robert Whittaker. Both Hall and Brunson currently reside in the top-10 of the middleweight division, so the winner would likely be matched up with a top-5 opponent their next time up.
Fantasy AnalysisHall had been originally scheduled to take on Silva in a middleweight bout on the main card of UFC 198 in Silva's home country of Brazil. With that bout getting scrapped on just a few day's notice, there was simply not enough time to find a new opponent, especially when they would have likely needed to apply for and process a work visa. The next step for the No. 10-ranked middleweight contender is unclear at this point, as even if he wants to wait for Silva and fight him at UFC 200 in July, everything would have to be near-perfect in Silva's recovery. Hall likes to get as many reps in the octagon as possible -- fighting five times in 2015 -- so it's entirely possible the 31-year-old just goes ahead and schedules another bout. In the meantime, Warlly Alves and Bryan Barbarena will replace this bout on the pay-per-view card at UFC 198.
Fantasy AnalysisThe inconsistency from Hall continues. Uriah stood around for about the first 12 minutes before turning it on during the final three minutes or so. By then he was in too big of a hole to recover. Hall has the striking ability to knock out any middleweight in the world, but he continues to frustrate both himself and fans alike. On the right night, Hall can beat anyone, but he is far too inconsistent to be considered much of a championship threat at this point.
Fantasy AnalysisHall is coming off back-to-back knockout victories following a recent upset over Gegard Mousasi. He'll parlay that momentum into another big ticket show, where Hall will take on Robert Whittaker in his native country of Australia. It should be another challenge for the rising middleweight fighter, who could have a title opportunity in his future if he continues to string together victories.
Fantasy AnalysisIt took longer than many expected, but there is the signature win of Hall's career that many were waiting for. It didn't come easily, Hall was dominated in the first round and was close to tapping out to a rear naked choke, but he landed one of the most beautiful spinning kicks that you will ever see early in round two and one huge knee and a few punches later, Mousasi was done. Hall's wrestling and submission game are questionable, but he has ridiculous power and is an elite striking artist. Taking this fight on short notice, it was easily the best performance of Hall's career. Long seen as an underachiever by many, Hall went out of his way to remove that label on Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisHall took this fight on short notice and he will have roughly five weeks worth of training under his belt by the time fight night rolls around on Saturday. Uriah just fought on August 8, but he destroyed Oluwale Bamgbose via first round KO so he certainly didn't expend a lot of energy. Hall has long viewed as one of the better prospects in the middleweight division, but he is already 31-years old. He needs to start producing results against quality competition.
Fantasy AnalysisHall is coming off a first round TKO win over Oluwale Bamgbose earlier this month in Nashville. He has been notoriously inconsistent in his career and Mousasi is an extremely difficult opponent. Hall has a big mountain to climb in Japan.
Fantasy AnalysisAs always, we never know which Urijah Hall will show up - tonight, it was the dominant one. A slip forced Bamgbose to the ground and Hall jumped on top of him and worked until he was able to get him along the fence and finish the fight with strikes. Hall is extremely quick and powerful for a middleweight, but inconsistent performances have always held him back. He improves to 4-3 in the UFC, with all three losses coming via split decision.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was reported yesterday that veteran Joe Riggs (undisclosed) was out of their scheduled bout and that the UFC would need to find a replacement to fight Hall on short notice. Well, they found one. The 27-year-old Bamgbose is 5-0 in his career, with all five wins coming via TKO. He had been fighting for the Ring of Combat promotion.
Fantasy AnalysisThe UFC seems committed to keeping Hall on the card, but it remains to be seen if they will be able to find a suitable replacement on less than three weeks notice. Hall's last fight was a split decision loss to Rafael Natal in May.
Fantasy AnalysisHall was scheduled to face Krzysztof Jotko in Berlin last month, but he was forced to withdraw from the bout due to issues with his visa. His last fight was a split decision loss to Rafael Natal in May.
Fantasy AnalysisHall was due to take the fight on about 10 days notice, replacing the injured Derek Brunson. He is coming off a split decision loss to Rafael Natal last month.
Fantasy AnalysisHall dropped a split decision to Rafael Natal at UFC 187 less than a month ago. He's clearly itching to get back into the octagon to get that sour taste out of his mouth. Once considered one of the brighter prospects in all of MMA, Hall badly needs a bounce back effort against Jotko.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was a very close bout (total strikes were 63-47 in favor of Natal) between two guys who legitimately don't like each other. It's another step back for Hall after winning three straight. He has all the athletic ability and skill in the world but he just hasn't been able to put any of it together on a consistent basis. An argument can certainly be made that Hall won the fight, but it was close enough that he shouldn't be surprised that he didn't get the decision. That's what happens when you leave it in the hands of the judges.