Uriah Hall is on the cusp of finally being a top 10 middleweight, and with a win this Sunday, he will most likely find himself there.
Hall has a chance to put a very big name in Vitor Belfort on his resume in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 124. The question is, which Uriah Hall will show up? Will it be the Hall who dropped jaws all around the world with his spinning wheelhouse kick KO of Adam Cella, or will it be the Hall who got stopped in the first round against Derek Brunson and Gegard Mousasi?
Uriah Hall is as infamous for his inconsistency against top-tier opponents as he is for his KO of Cella during The Ultimate Fighter Season 17. Since that highlight-reel kick that put Uriah Hall on the map, it’s been an up and down career for the 33 year old from Jamaica.
With his biggest win coming as a heavy underdog against Gegard Mousasi via impressive TKO back in September 2015, Hall has since lost to the likes of Robert Whitaker, Derek Brunson, and Gegard Mousasi in their latter scheduled rematch.
However, Uriah had a strong rebound showing in his latest contest, snagging a very impressive come from behind TKO victory over #13 ranked Krzysztof Jotko in September.
Hall is an explosive striker, who uses great angles and surprises opponents with his spinning attacks very well. With a chance here to prove he belongs in the top 10 of the talent stacked 185-pound division, even against a declining Vitor Belfort, Uriah is in a do or die position in his career.
Back against the wall
This wouldn’t be the first time though Uriah has had his back against the wall. In a similar position back in December of 2013, Hall defeated Chris Leben after Dana White stated “Uriah Hall will be leaving town if he doesn’t beat Chris Leben at UFC 168.”
With Vitor Belfort being 1-2-1 in his last four fights, and speculation of his imminent retirement soon, Belfort will surely be looking to leave the sport the same way he came in, with an impact.
Uriah Hall faces one of the biggest challenges of his career this Sunday against a prolific legend, but with his back against the wall, he’s looking at this opportunity as sign he’s finally made it, and is more ready then ever to step inside the cage.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Uriah Hall” link=”http://m.au.ufc.com/news/Unfiltered-Episode-160-Uriah-Hall” color=”” class=”” size=”16″]“Its not about collecting a name on my resume, for me it’s about, ‘Wow, I grew up watching you and now I’m at that level.’ I’m excited for it, so whatever he brings to the table, I am sure 100% I am confidently ready.”[/perfectpullquote]
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