Last weekend at UFC Vegas 33, Uriah Hall (17-10) took on Sean Strickland (24-3) in the headliner. Hall was looking for his fifth straight win on his road to a potential shot at the UFC middleweight title.
It’s been a long an interesting run in the UFC for Hall. When Hall was first introduced to fans it was on The Ultimate Fighter. Dana White touted Hall as the scariest fighter that they had ever seen on the show.
Hall had highlight reel knockouts on the show and he looked like he was going to be an immediate contender for the UFC title. However, Hall fought extremely tentative in the finale and lost to Kelvin Gastelum.
Throughout Hall’s career in the UFC, there were never any questions about his talent. All the questions surrounding Hall had to deal with his mental makeup. Uriah Hall has all of the physical talent in the world, he’s just never put it together completely.
At UFC Vegas 33, he was looking to show fans that it was finally his time. However, he was completely flat in the main event. Hall was walked down all night and Sean Strickland ended up winning a very lopsided decision.
What’s next after UFC Vegas 33?
Last Saturday was another one of those moments where you just have to scratch your head when you look at Uriah Hall. From a physical talent standpoint, Hall should have been able to defeat Sean Strickland.
Going on talent alone, you could make the argument that Hall should’ve been a UFC champion already. However, he just seems to run into these mental blocks and fails to show up in some of the bigger moments in his career.
After the loss on Saturday, Hall is now 10-8 in his UFC career. A guy that was touted to be the next great champion has a career record with the promotion at just over 500.
A good fight for Hall after UFC Vegas 33 could be Brad Tavares (19-6). Tavares has won two in a row, but is still a few spots behind Hall in the UFC rankings. That would be a great fight to figure out what Uriah Hall has left.