This weekend at UFC Vegas 12, Uriah Hall (15-9) will get to fight the biggest name of his career. Hall will be taking on the legend, Anderson Silva (34-10, 1 NC), in what will be Silva’s final fight with the UFC.
However, Hall still has his eyes focused on the top of the middleweight division. Hall participated in a Zoom media day yesterday where he talked about the UFC‘s current middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya. Hall had strong words for the champion.
“Adesanya is picking his fights man. He sees holes in all these guys, and he was already picking Cannonier. He’s looking for easy fights. Yeah I said it,” Hall told the media yesterday. It’s clear that primetime isn’t impressed with who Adesanya has on his hit list.
Uriah Hall has won back-to-back fights and is now ranked 10th in the middleweight division. He was originally supposed to face former title challenger Yoel Romero back in August, however, Romero had to pull out of the fight.
"He's looking for easy fights. Yeah, I said it… I'm just going to play the politics card and face whoever the UFC needs me to beat."
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 28, 2020
Is the UFC champion dodging tough fights?
I get what Hall is trying to do ahead of UFC Vegas 12, however, his argument doesn’t hold a lot of weight. On his way to winning the UFC middleweight title, Adesanya has pretty much gone through everyone that he needed to go through.
When you look at the top ten at middleweight, Adesanya has defeated half of them. Most of them in spectacular fashion. Maybe Hall is referring to himself in thinking that he would present the toughest challenge for the current UFC champion.
Either way, you can’t say that Adesanya has dodged fights or he’s looked to take the easy road. If Hall is able to win on Saturday night, he might only be one or two wins away realistically from getting a UFC title shot.
The Silva fight is fun for his career, however, the Romero fight would have been much better for his career. If Hall can win, he’ll need to fight someone in the top five. Get a win in the top five and maybe he can be the tough fight that apparently Adesanya has been dodging.