— U R I A H H A L L (@UriahHallMMA) December 23, 2013
Not so long ago, Urijah Hall was one of the most talked-about, hyped, and feared fighters in the UFC’s middleweight division. Now after two losses in a row, he faces seasoned brawler and MMA veteran Chris Leben at UFC 168.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 contestant Hall made waves in the MMA community when he landed a brutal spinning hook kick knockout in the preliminary round of the show. Hall followed that with two straight knockout victories in spectacular fashion against Bubba McDaniel and Dylan Andrews, and was in prime position to become the TUF winner and an exciting edition to the middleweight division.
Unfortunately for Hall, three major problems were in his way. One was the dark horse of the TUF 17 house, Kelvin Gastelum. Hall was unable to best the undefeated and fellow team Chael Sonnen teammate Gastelum. His second problem was John Howard, who Hall faced in his second UFC fight. Both Fights were unspectacular showings from the unstoppable killer we saw on TUF 17.
The final issue is one that has seemingly been a hindrance for Hall his whole career Hall doesn’t like inflicting harm on his opponents.
“I have a great relationship with this kid [Hall]. He’s one of the nicest human beings you can ever meet. But he’s not a fighter, man,” UFC President Dana White said.
Hall doesn’t disagree. “I think you can learn from any situation. There was one point when my buddy brought the news to me, saying, ‘oh man, Dana says you’re not a fighter, what do you think about that?,’” Hall said. “I explained to him that Dana is right, I am not a fighter. I don’t go in there trying to kill someone. I enjoy the idea of picking someone apart.”
“I’m more of an martial artist, and for me it’s just getting things perfect,” he said. “It’s trying to get to that perfection level, even though I know that’s not something that I can achieve.”
“[the criticism] did some good things for me, man,” Hall continued. “It’s in your face, but you look at people who are successful in life, you’re always going to have those struggles, always going to have those battles, but it’s about overcoming it.”
Hall has struggled with this problem, but seems to now be working on the issues that have plagued him.
“A buddy of mine made a comment, ‘are you afraid to be in the ring?’ It’s a little nerve-racking to be in there, but I’m not afraid to be in there, Hall said. “I’m more afraid to what I might do to my opponent. When I see myself bashing someone’s face in I’m like, oh crap.”
“But, I’m over that,” he said.
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