One Last Chance for Uriah Hall

| December 19, 2013 | 12:46 pm

UFC 168 Uriah Hall“A future contender in the middleweight division.” “The next Anderson Silva.” “The most dangerous fighter in Ultimate Fighter history.” These are just a few of the phrases used to describe Uriah Hall during his time on the Ultimate Fighter season 17. While some of the descriptions may have been hyperbole, they were not too far of a stretch based on his dominance throughout the tournament. How long ago it all seems. Now, Hall is much closer to becoming the next Phillipe Nover than the next Anderson Silva. At UFC 168, it might be his final chance to once again show the world what he is capable of.

Uriah Hall got into the Ultimate Fighter house by cruising to a decision win over Andy Enz. In his first fight inside of the house, he delivered the kick heard round the world that knocked out Adam Cella. The Uriah Hall hype train was just getting started. He then went on to knockout Bubba McDaniel via a vicious counter right hand. The train was starting to chug along. To advance into the finale, Hall finished Dylan Andrews with punches, from the bottom! Surely something these eyes have never seen. The hype train was now moving full speed ahead.

A victory at the finale was all but a certainty. But then came along Kelvin Gastelum to help derail that hype train. The constant pressure and wrestling by Gastelum helped to secure a split decision win over Hall for the Ultimate Fighter crown. But a bizarre in fight strategy by Hall did him no favors. He was constantly standing with his back against the fence, hands down and hardly engaging with Gastelum. Hall also had a rather ho-hum attitude after the fighter, choosing to congratulate Gastelum rather than show any sort of disappointment with his own performance. That ho-hum attitude continued with Hall as he took on John Howard at UFC Fight Night 26. The fight was a snooze-fest where both fighters continually high fived one another throughout the bout. Once again unwilling to engage, Hall dropped another split decision.

Should Uriah Hall used those tactics yet again against Chris Leben at UFC 168 it might be the last time he’ll be stepping into the UFC Octagon.

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