The second bout of the UFC 193 main card featured a middleweight tilt between Uriah Hall (13-5 MMA) and Robert Whittaker (15-4 MMA).
Whittaker came out quick in the first round, landing a clean superman punch that appeared to stun Hall. As the round went on Hall began to open up with strikes. A series of spins ending with a wheel kick that didn’t have enough room saw Hall end up on the ground in bottom position. Whittaker ended up securing Hall’s back however Uriah spun into guard and ended the round on top.
Some back and forth exchanges to start the second round. Hall grabs at his eye, indicating he had been poked which prompted the referee to give him time to recover however the replay showed it was not an eye poke with the tip of a finger. Hall lands a hard left kick with just over a minute left but Whittaker looks unfazed. Hall stalking Whittaker down with 30 seconds left in the 2nd. Hall throws a back kick at the end of the round but it misses.
The fans are on their feet at the start of the third. They exchange to start the third with Hall getting tagged. Whittaker gets Hall’s back and clinches him against the cage. Hall wincing with some noticeable damage to his eye. Hall presses forward, landing a big head kick and flying knee. Hall clinches Whittaker against the cage and landing some knees to the body. Hall lands two big head kicks, but Whittaker walks through them. Hall looking to finish Whittaker, but Whittaker is hanging on. Hall’s eye is practically swollen shut with 30 seconds left. Whittaker gets back control and clinches Hall against the cage. Whittaker gets the trip but Hall gets back to his feet immediately as the round ends.
Robert Whittaker defeats Uriah Hall via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)