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Dana White on Uriah Hall: He Doesn’t Have What it Mentally Takes to Fight In The UFC

After coming off of three blazing performances on the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter, Uriah Hall has been on a downward slide in to obscurity in the UFC’s middleweight division. His most recent setback came at the hands of John Howard at this past weekends UFC on FOX Sports 1 debut where he lost via split decision in a fight that many feel was one that he didn’t apply himself too.

The most important of those critics was UFC president Dana White who spoke candidly about the former top prospect at the post-fight media scrum following Saturday’s event:

“I love Uriah Hall. I have a great relationship with this kid. He’s one of the nicest human beings you can ever meet. He’s not a fighter, man. If I could take Brad Pickett’s brain and heart and put it inside Uriah Hall’s body, holy shit there would be some damage done, because Uriah Hall has all the physical attributes to be amazing. He’s got speed, he’s got power, he’s unbelievable. He doesn’t have what it mentally takes to fight here. You know what I mean? It’s a mental thing. He was this killer on TUF, and then he comes into the big show where it really matters and this is going to make your livelihood and everything else, and he turns into this different person. This super nice guy. He was telling me after the Kelvin fight ‘I really like him, he’s a really nice guy. OK, well that really nice guy just took everything fucking thing you ever wanted. Do you get what I’m saying, does that make sense to you? I guess it doesn’t make sense to him.”

Hall went in to that fight as the biggest favorite of the night, coming in at -475 in some places. Now he is reeling off his second straight loss as he waits to hear what comes next in his MMA career.

Hall hasn’t been officially cut from the UFC roster and his profile still remains active on UFC.com but after strong words such as these and an 0-2 run to start, Hall may soon be fighting outside the Zuffa banner.

 

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  1. squid says:

    haha brad pickett is a true warrior for sure. uriah hall is an amazing athlete. he lost to a natural welterweight? it just seems like he doesnt have that fire or that chip on his shoulder. i think he should get one more chance against maybe josh samman cause i know they had some beef on the show. who knows? it might wake up the beast in uriah.

  2. 757 says:

    Just about everything about Dana White annoys me, but I have to admit he is right on point on this one.

  3. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    He’s been brutally putting the hurt on guys in TUF and he was genuinely shook up about it afterwards. With Howard he kept touching gloves like it was a sparring exhibition. He isn’t ruthless enough to see that his opponent is standing in his way to possible greatness and doesn’t feel the same way he apparently does.

  4. Jujitsu Player says:

    On the face of it the guy has all the tools but when it comes down to it he hasn’t got a fighters killer instinct. Having read what Dana said I’m very puzzled why he would offer “If I only had a heart….” aka Bubba McDaniel on a UFC fight card. Worst case of chickenshititis I’ve ever seen in a human being…I’m boycotting his fight against Tavares….

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