What’s next for Uriah Hall after UFC Vegas 33?

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.

After dominant win at UFC Vegas 33, what’s next for Sean Strickland?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 33, we saw a showdown between ranked middleweights. Former Ultimate Fighter finalist Uriah Hall (17-10) was taking on a former training partner in Sean Strickland (24-3).

When Sean Strickland broke into the UFC, he was competing in the welterweight division. However, he was completely depleting himself to make 170 pounds. Strickland has since found a permanent home in the middleweight division.

Last year, he returned after a two-year layoff due to a motorcycle accident that almost ended his career. He returned last October and took on Jack Marshman. After winning that fight, he took a fight against Brendan Allen just two weeks later.

Strickland stopped Allen in the second round. He followed that up with another win in May and at UFC Vegas 33, Strickland was looking to pick up his fourth win in the last nine months.

I was expecting Saturday night to be competitive between Hall and Strickland. However, it was anything but. Strickland controlled the entire fight and spent the entire fight walking Hall down. A completely dominant shutout win for Strickland at UFC Vegas 33.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 33?

After his dominant win on Saturday night, Strickland jumped up to eighth in the UFC’s middleweight rankings. As mentioned, he’s now won four fights in the last year and he’s ready for a top ten challenge.

With that, who should the UFC pair Strickland up against? In looking at the division, I think a perfect fight for Strickland would be taking on Jack Hermansson (22-6). Hermansson is currently ranked sixth in the middleweight division.

The Joker has been in there with some of the very best that the division has to offer. Since 2018, Hermansson is 6-2 in the UFC. The two losses came against top middleweight contenders Jared Cannonier and Marvin Vettori.

Hermansson is coming off of an impressive win against Edmen Shahbazyan. I think the UFC should put these two against each other and if Strickland wins, you’re looking at a contender who’d be ready to take a shot at the top five. The fight make sense for all parties involved and I think it’s what should be next.

Sean Strickland dominates Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 33

In the main event of UFC Vegas 33, we saw showdown in the middleweight division. Two top eleven contenders battled it out as “Primetime” Uriah Hall (17-9) took on Sean Strickland (23-3).

Entering UFC Vegas 33, Strickland has won four straight. He’s been incredibly active since a two year layoff that started back in 2018. Last October, Strickland made his return and he’s gone 3-0 in the UFC with one stoppage.

The stoppage was an incredibly impressive win over Brendan Allen. In his last fight, he defeated Krzysztof Jotko by decision which setup this UFC headliner opposite Uriah Hall.

Hall has been a curious case over the course of his UFC career. While having all the talent in the world, Hall really never lived up to the hype. That said, the soon to be 37 year old is riding a four-fight win streak into tomorrow night.

We last saw Hall at UFC 261 where he set a record. Hall defeated Chris Weidman after Weidman snapped his leg on a checked kick. It was the first time in UFC history that someone one by TKO without landing a single strike. Prior to that, Hall stopped Anderson Silva last October.

UFC Vegas 33 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 33 main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Hall started out the striking with a stiff jab. However, Strickland countered with a nice jab of his own. Hall was looking to use his movement, but Strickland started walking him down early.

Both men trade big shots at the one minute mark. Nice jab lands for Strickland. Strickland doubles up on the jab as he back Uriah Hall up. Another nice combination lands for Strickland and Hall is looking a little frustrated.

Good counter left hand for Uriah Hall. Powerful leg kick for Uriah Hall lands. Strickland goes right back to the jab and he’s keeping all of his shots down the middle early on. Lots of volume for Strickland and Hall might be hurt here.

Strickland is just walking Uriah Hall down here. Piercing jab lands for Sean Strickland. Nice counter from Hall stops the advances of Strickland. Powerful 1-2 lands for Sean Strickland.

Strickland is so busy here in the first round and Hall isn’t throwing a lot. Another good jab lands for Strickland. Hall starts moving a little more and lands a nice shot. The first round comes to a close and it’s 1-0 Sean Strickland at UFC Vegas 33.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC Vegas 33 and Uriah Hall is going to need to show more urgency in this round. Both men trade big jabs to start the second round. Hall seems a little more urgent to start this second.

Good 1-2 lands for Uriah Hall. Nice jab from Strickland lands. Clean combinations land for Strickland and Hall might be hurt. Hall backs against the cage and Strickland starts teeing off. Strickland shoots for a takedown, but Hall defends and they clinch against the fence.

Good uppercut from Strickland and the two break. Jab lands for Strickland, but Hall is the one moving forward here. Good overhand right hand lands for Hall. Hall pressing the action here, but Strickland is still landing good shots.

1-2 finds it’s home for Strickland. Hall lands a jab to the body then throws it up top. Big jab from Strickland lands. Hall being much more aggressive, but Strickland is still slightly getting the better of the striking. Hall lands a vicious calf kick then both men exchange big jabs. The round comes to a close at it’s 2-0 Strickland at UFC Vegas 33.

Round 3

Entering the third round at UFC Vegas 33 and Hall is building a little momentum, but he has to do more in the third. Third round starts with more pressure and jabs from Uriah Hall. Calf kick lands for Hall.

Good jab to the body for Hall lands and this is looking like a different Uriah hall. Hall using a ton of feints here and Strickland has barely thrown in the opening minute. Front kick to the body for Hall.

Strickland lands his first jab of the round and he doubles it up. The two exchange jabs and Hall is slowing a little here. Something happens and Strickland lands something that hurts Hall badly.

Strickland starts throwing bombs and this one looks like it’s almost over. Hall is breaking, but he gets up and he survives. Strickland has his back up against the fence and he slams him to the ground.

Hall is just holding on trying to survive here. Strickland looks like he’s trying to setup a choke and Hall is just holding on for the end of the round here. Good elbows from Strickland. Strickland gets Hall’s back just at the end of the round. 3-0 Strickland here at UFC Vegas 33.

Round 4

Entering the fourth round here at UFC Vegas 33 and it’s desperation time for Uriah Hall. Hall pushes forward with two jabs to start the fourth round. Strickland circles on the outside and lands a jab.

Powerful low kick lands for Uriah Hall. Strickland splits the guard with a nice jab, but Hall keeps pushing forward. Nice combination lands for Strickland and now Strickland is the one that’s pushing forward.

Hall’s corner is begging for him to let his hands go, but he’s not throwing a ton. Both men snap each other’s heads back with jabs. Hall is really struggling with the distance control here in the fourth. Strickland lands a couple of nice straight shots.

Hall answers back with a jab of his own. Another good combination lands for Sean Strickland. Big 1-2 lands for Strickland and Hall is wobbled. Strickland lands a few nice shots and Strickland gets a takedown. Two big knees land for Strickland and Hall is beat up here. The round ends and it’s easily 4-0 Strickland here at UFC Vegas 33.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC Vegas 33 and Hall needs a finish. Strickland is looking fresh entering this final round and Hall is wearing it. Hall pushes forward and he’s throwing heat to start the final round.

Strickland throws a big shot of his own that seems to back up Hall. Hall already fading after a furious pace in the opening minute. Strickland clinches Hall and pushes him up against the fence.

The two break and Hall looks exhausted. Hall is throwing with everything he has, but he’s so tired. Strickland is landing a lot of clean shots here. Both men lean on each other in the middle. Strickland looks like he can finish this at anytime.

Hall gets pressed up against the fence again by Strickland. Two minutes left and Uriah Hall is running out of time. Two 1-2s land for Strickland on the break. Strickland goes right back to the clinch after he lands.

Hall is nothing left here with one minute left. Strickland landing shots to the body in the clinch. More good shots from Strickland in the clinch. Hall forces a break, but he can’t land anything big. Strickland sticks to him like glue and this one is over. Dominant performance by Sean Strickland at UFC Vegas 33.

Sean Strickland def. Uriah Hall by Unanimous Decision (50-44, 50-45, 49-46)

UFC Vegas 33 Preview: Uriah Hall – Sean Strickland

Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Vegas 33, we will see a showdown in the middleweight division. Two top eleven contenders will battle it out as “Primetime” Uriah Hall (17-9) is taking on Sean Strickland (23-3).

These two men are very familiar with each other and they’ve trained with each other in the past. However, they are both in each other’s way at UFC Vegas 33 and one of them is wanting to make that next jump up in the middleweight division.

Entering UFC Vegas 33, Strickland has won four straight. He’s been incredibly active since a two year layoff that started back in 2018. Last October, Strickland made his return and he’s gone 3-0 in the UFC with one stoppage.

The stoppage was an incredibly impressive win over Brendan Allen. In his last fight, he defeated Krzysztof Jotko by decision which setup this UFC headliner opposite Uriah Hall.

Hall has been a curious case over the course of his UFC career. While having all the talent in the world, Hall really never lived up to the hype. That said, the soon to be 37 year old is riding a four-fight win streak into tomorrow night.

We last saw Hall at UFC 261 where he set a record. Hall defeated Chris Weidman after Weidman snapped his leg on a checked kick. It was the first time in UFC history that someone one by TKO without landing a single strike. Prior to that, Hall stopped Anderson Silva last October.

UFC Vegas 33 Prediction

I think you’re going to see a fun striking battle tomorrow at UFC Vegas 33. However, which Uriah Hall shows up will tell us a lot about how the fight is going to go. I’m expecting Sean Strickland to be the aggressor tomorrow night.

In a sense, that would play right into the playbook of Uriah Hall. Hall is a brilliant counter striker, however, we’ve seen him become way too passive in fights. When he’s passive, he can easily be outworked.

Ultimately, I think he’s going to get the job done at UFC Vegas 33. I think Strickland will have some success early, but I think Hall finds a huge shot in those middle rounds ultimately leading to his fifth straight win.

Prediction: Uriah Hall by TKO – Round 3

UFC books Uriah Hall – Sean Strickland

The UFC has finalized a fun middleweight matchup for their August PPV. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report today that the promotion had finalized a matchup between Uriah “Primetime” Hall (17-9) and Sean Strickland (23-3).

The matchup between top fifteen contenders will take place at UFC 265 on August 7th. For Sean Strickland, he’s going to be searching for his fifth consecutive victory inside the octagon.

Strickland made his UFC debut back in 2014 and originally fought at welterweight. In fact, one of his three losses in his career came against the current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

However, Strickland has looked like a different fighter since moving up to 185 pounds. He’s won three straight at 185 and his performances have led to the UFC giving him this shot against Hall in August. If Strickland can pull off a victory in August, he will jump into the top ten and be inching his way closer to the top.

UFC 265: Can Uriah Hall reach his potential?

When Uriah Hall was on the Ultimate Fighter, everyone believed that he would be a future UFC champion. The guy had the skill and the talent. Hall seemed like the total package. However, he just couldn’t quite put everything together.

Every time he would get close to the top, he would stumble. However, he now appears to be coming into his own and he’s currently riding the biggest winning streak of his UFC career at four straight.

The last time we saw Hall was at UFC 261. Hall became the first man to win by TKO without having landed a single strike. Chris Weidman of course threw a brutal leg kick that was checked perfectly by Hall. Weidman’s leg snapped and Hall got the victory.

That win comes on the heels of Hall’s TKO win over Anderson Silva. While he’s ranked higher than Strickland, this is going to be a very tough test for Hall. If he wins, he might just be another win away from a UFC title shot.

Chris Weidman will document UFC comeback; hoping to inspire on his journey back

Chris Weidman

We are just about two weeks removed from UFC 261. An event that proved to be the worst night of Chris Weidman‘s (15-6) professional career. The former middleweight champion felt better than ever leading up to UFC 261.

Weidman had moved to South Carolina and was training regularly with his brother-in-law and UFC welterweight Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. The former champion looked to be incredible shape ahead of his second fight since returning to the middleweight division.

Weidman explored light heavyweight for one fight before dropping back down to 185. It’s been a rough few years for the former UFC champion, but he still believes that he’s one of the best in the world and he was excited to show that.

Standing in front of Weidman was Uriah Hall (17-9). Hall has finally realized some of his potential and he’s been surging as of late. The two men fought very early in their careers with Weidman picking up the TKO victory.

Weidman was confident that he would once again win at UFC 261. When the fight started, Weidman looked incredibly focused. He threw a vicious leg kick to start his striking.

Weidman told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that in the moment he thought he hurt Hall. Weidman said, “The first thing that went through my mind was, that was a super hard leg kick. He’s (Hall) not taking more than one or two of those.”

After that, things get blurry for the former UFC champion. Of course, we all vividly know what happened. Weidman’s leg snapped on the kick and it folded under him when he stepped back causing the fight to end.

Weidman wants to inspire with UFC comeback

A frustrated Weidman detailed the injury to Helwani and talked about his frustrations that it happened. Weidman said that he felt better than ever after this camp and he was so excited to show off just how good he is.

Admittedly, Weidman said that recovery is already more difficult than he ever imagined. The former UFC champion said that he deals with incredible amounts of pain just trying to go to the bathroom. He’s supposed to start physical therapy this week.

When asked about a UFC return, Weidman made it clear that he’s hopeful.

“It’s so frustrating and I know how much work it’s going to take. I know how good I am and I want to be able to prove it. I don’t have many more years to be able to prove that. My body never felt so good before this fight, I just can’t believe this happened. It sucks, I was really excited to show the world how good I am. If I can get my body back to where I feel like I’m that guy again, I 100% want to fight. I want to put on a show and be able to inspire other people.”

Chris Weidman on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show

The former UFC champion also stated that he will document his rehab and comeback on his YouTube page. Weidman has always been one of the better guys in the sport, and I hope that he’s able to come back from this and put on a few more performances before hanging it up.

What’s next for Uriah Hall after UFC 261?

This past Saturday at UFC 261, we saw the middleweight rematch between Chris Weidman (15-6) and Uriah Hall (17-9). The two men met for the first time in 2010 with Weidman picking up the TKO victory.

While both men are the same age, their careers appear to be heading in opposite directions. Ever since Chris Weidman lost the UFC title a few years ago, he hasn’t been the same guy. Weidman had been knocked out five times in his last seven fights.

Meanwhile, Hall looked like he was finally living up to his UFC potential. Primetime had won three fights in a row leading up to UFC 261. A decisive win over Weidman would likely have earned Hall a top five opponent in his next fight.

While I thought Hall would pick up the win on Saturday night, I never thought I’d see what I saw. Weidman came forward and pawed his jab to start the fight. The first big strike thrown was a heavy leg kick from Weidman.

Hall perfectly checked the kick and Weidman’s leg snapped. Weidman folded back over it and the fight was called 17 seconds in. Hall became the first person in UFC history to pickup a win without landing a single strike.

What’s next after UFC 261?

Although it doesn’t feel like a win, at the end of the day, UFC 261 was still a win for Uriah Hall. Now, Primetime has won four fights in a row and he finds himself ranked eighth in the middleweight division.

In looking at the middleweight rankings, there is one fight that jumps off the page for me if the UFC can make it happen. That fight would be pairing Uriah Hall against England’s Darren Till (18-3-1).

Till was originally supposed to fight Marvin Vettori earlier this month but a broken collarbone forced him out of the fight. Till is currently ranked sixth in the middleweight division and he’s coming off of a close loss to Robert Whittaker.

I think this would be a fantastic matchup for the UFC to make. Both men have exciting styles and it would be fun to watch these technical strikers go head-to-head. Anyone in the top eight makes sense for Hall, but this is the matchup I want to see next.

After horrific injury at UFC 261, what does the future hold for Chris Weidman?

Chris Weidman

This past Saturday at UFC 261, there was a highly anticipated rematch in the middleweight division. Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman (15-6) was set to take on Uriah Hall (17-9).

This fight was a rematch from 2010. Way back when they first fought, Weidman got the first round TKO victory. It was just the third fight in the former UFC champion’s career. Both men have come a long ways since then.

It’s been a difficult few years for the former champion. After losing the title to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194, Weidman went just 2-4 in his next six fights. So going back to the Rockhold fight, Weidman was just 2-5 and all five losses were finishes.

In late 2019, Weidman moved to light heavyweight hoping to have a career resurgence. Instead, he was knocked out in the first round by Dominick Reyes. After that, the former UFC champion returned to middleweight.

In August of last year, he returned and picked up a good win over Omari Akhmedov. With that win, Weidman found himself back in the rankings at the eleventh spot. That win got him the fight with Uriah Hall.

By all indications, Weidman was more motivated than ever heading into UFC 261. He looked great all week and the odds actually swung to his favor before fight night. However, the fight ended up being a nightmare for the former champion.

Weidman came right out and looked to be aggressive. He pawed his jab trying to gauge the distance. The former champion unleashed a leg kick that was checked and his leg snapped. The former UFC champion crumbled and the fight was over.

What’s the UFC future for Weidman?

The injury that occurred at UFC 261 is so crazy and a little ironic at the same time. Famously, the same thing happened to Anderson Silva when he had his rematch with Weidman back at UFC 168.

Weidman checked Silva’s kick and the leg snapped. This has only happened three times in the history of the UFC and Weidman has now been apart of two of them. One time he was the checker and Saturday night he was the breaker.

The former UFC champion took to Instagram today to thank everyone for their support. He said that the doctors are telling him it will be six to twelve months before he can train again.

If we take the conservative number there, we likely won’t see Chris Weidman compete in the UFC for about 15-18 months. I don’t believe Chris Weidman’s career is over and he won’t be even 38 by the time he’s back.

However, there’s no telling as to how he will respond to the recovery. There are so many question marks surrounding Weidman’s future. I pray that he’s able to come back healthy, but at this point, no one knows if he will.

Uriah Hall snaps Weidman’s leg with a checked kick at UFC 261

The second fight on the main card at UFC 261 featured a middleweight showdown. Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman (15-5) was looking to pick up his second victory over the talented Uriah Hall (16-9). These two men first fought on the regional circuit back in 2010.

That night, Weidman was able to get the TKO victory. That was just the third fight in the career of Weidman and we all know where his career went from there. He rose to the top of the world and starting with two wins over Anderson Silva, he was the UFC middleweight champion.

After Weidman defended his title successfully twice, he lost it to Luke Rockhold. The Rockhold loss started a downward spiral for Weidman. After losing several in a row, he jumped to light heavyweight for one fight. After getting knocked out there, he returned to the UFC‘s middleweight division last August.

While Weidman’s career has been heading more in a downward direction, the opposite can be said for Uriah Hall. With Hall, the issue has never been his talent. He has just as much talent as anyone in the UFC‘s middleweight division. “Primetime” just needs to be able to put everything together. He was riding a three-fight win streak coming into UFC 261.

UFC 261 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 261 middleweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Weidman looks to work his jab as the striking starts. One massive leg kick is thrown by Weidman and it’s checked. Weidman’s leg snaps and this one is over. Wow, hard to believe what we just witnessed.

Uriah Hall def. Chris Weidman by TKO (Leg Injury) – Round 1

UFC 261 Preview: Chris Weidman – Uriah Hall 2

Chris Weidman

The second fight on the main card of UFC 261 is a rematch in the middleweight division. Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman (15-5) is looking to pick up his second straight win as he takes on “Primetime” Uriah Hall (16-9).

These two originally met way back in 2010. The fight was just the third fight for Chris Weidman and he was able to pickup the TKO victory over Uriah Hall. Of course, we know that Weidman went on to become a UFC champion so there was no shame in Hall losing that matchup.

In 2015, Weidman had an argument as the best fighter in the world. He was unbeaten and he held two wins over the former GOAT, Anderson Silva. However, that is when Weidman ran into Luke Rockhold. Rockhold took his UFC middleweight title and kicked off an awful streak for Weidman.

Weidman went 1-4 in his next five with all four losses coming by knockout. Last August, Weidman returned to middleweight after a failed stint at light heavyweight. The former middleweight champion picked up a win and now he finds himself back in the UFC‘s top 11 at 185 pounds.

Tomorrow night, he’s taking on Hall who is currently ranked ninth. Hall will look to pickup his fourth consecutive win as he continues his march towards the top of the division. With Uriah Hall, there’s never been questions surrounding his talent. All the questions have surrounded his mental focus on fighting and the UFC.

Right now, Hall looks better than ever. This is an extremely important matchup for both men and whoever wins will be in an excellent position at 185 pounds.

UFC 261 Prediction

In looking at this UFC 261 matchup, it’s very important to remember that this isn’t 2010 anymore. This is not the same Chris Weidman and this is not the same Uriah Hall. For both men, the game plan is going to be very clear tomorrow night.

For Uriah Hall, he’s got to keep this fight standing. He will have the speed advantage on the feet and I don’t see Chris Weidman giving him much trouble on the feet. That said, I believe that Chris Weidman’s path to victory lies within his wrestling.

If he’s able to make this fight dirty tomorrow, he can easily grind out a decision. Whether it’s landing takedowns or working in the clinch, the former UFC champion has a clear path to victory. However, I don’t see him getting his hand raised tomorrow night. My faith in Weidman is nearly gone and he needs to win tomorrow to prove to me that he’s back. I think Hall gets it done and I’m not sure it goes the distance.

Prediction: Uriah Hall by TKO – Round 3