July 31, 1984 |
Spanish Town, Jamaica
|Other names||Prime Time|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||80.5 in (204 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate|
|Fighting out of||New York City, New York, USA|
|Team||Reign Training Center, Black House|
|Rank||2nd degree black belt in Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts
Black belt in kyokushin
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Uriah Alexander Hall is a Jamaican kickboxer and mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, fighting in the middleweight division. He was the runner up on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen.
Uriah Hall was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica but moved to Queens, New York in the United States at the age of thirteen. Upon his arrival in a new country, he was bullied at school but found refuge in martial arts. He is a second degree blackbelt in Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts under Tiger Schulmann and also competed as a kickboxer in the World Combat League.
Mixed martial arts career
Hall started his career 3–0, including a TKO victory over Edwin Aguilar at Bellator 11, before fighting for the vacant Ring of Combat Middleweight title. Hall missed weight by 0.25 lbs and paid $100 penalty to his opponent. Despite missing weight the fight remained a title fight. Hall won by first round submission.
In September 2010, Hall suffered his first professional loss as he was defeated by Chris Weidman by TKO.
Hall would get back to his winning ways, collecting 3 consecutive victories over Aung La Nsang, Daniel Akinyemi, and Nodar Kuduxashvili. He won the vacant Ring of Combat Middleweight Championship against Kuduxashvili.
The Ultimate Fighter
In the opening round to get into the house, Hall took on Andy Enz and won via decision. Hall was the number two fighter selection for Team Sonnen.
On episode 3 Hall faced Adam Cella from Team Jones. With just ten seconds left in the first round, Hall unleashed a devastating spinning hook kick to Cella's head that knocked him unconscious. The knockout was declared the most vicious knockout seen by Dana White over The Ultimate Fighter's eight year history.
With the win, Hall advanced on to the quarter-finals and took on Bubba McDaniel of Team Jones. Hall knocked McDaniel out with a right straight counter-punch just as he was advancing forwards in the first round. That one punch broke McDaniel's face in three places. This led to Dana White stating that Hall was the "most dangerous" fighter in TUF history and Chael Sonnen to say he will be a contender in the middleweight division.
Hall faced Dylan Andrews in the semi-finals. He displayed a more technical approach, utilizing a jab through a majority of the first round. Taken down in the second round by Andrews, Hall attempted a kimura submission before throwing strikes from the bottom position that severely hurt Andrews and forced him to lose his top control and caused Hall to land massive ground & pound to secure the TKO victory for Hall.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
With his successful 4–0 run on the show, Hall faced fellow Team Sonnen fighter Kelvin Gastelum in the finals at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Kelvin Gastelum, in an impressive upset, won the fight via split decision. Although Hall appeared in good spirits after the loss, the fight was not without controversy. While Gastelum had visible control of the fight in all three rounds, Hall fans have used FIGHTMETRIC scores to highlight the statistical dominance held by Hall in the second and third rounds. When asked about his performance in the post-fight conference, Hall stated that his emotional side, stemming from liking and training with Kelvin had gotten the best of him. He went on to say "Kelvin is a great guy, he’s a tough kid you know, I think he’s going to go really far in this sport and I’m happy for him."
Hall was expected to fight Nick Ring at on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26. However, Ring was pulled from the bout and replaced by Hall's fellow The Ultimate Fighter 17 alumni Josh Samman. However, on July 17, it was announced that Samman was out of the bout and that Hall would face returning UFC fighter John Howard. He lost the fight via split decision.
Hall faced Chris Leben on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168. Leading up to the fight UFC President Dana White said that it was a must win for Hall if he wanted to keep his UFC-contract. Hall immediately landed a knee on Leben and landed multiple punches throughout the fight. Eventually Hall dropped Leben with a punch in the first round, though Leben was saved by the round ending. Leben asked his trainer "Did I get knocked out?" He then stated "I'm done, man" and the fight was ended between the first and second round.
Championships and Accomplishments
- Ring of Combat
- ROC Middleweight Championship (Two times, Current)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||9 wins||4 losses|
|Win||9–4||Thiago Santos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 175||July 5, 2014||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–4||Chris Leben||TKO (retirement)||UFC 168||December 28, 2013||1||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||7–4||John Howard||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen||August 17, 2013||3||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||7–3||Kelvin Gastelum||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale||April 13, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost The Ultimate Fighter 17 Tournament|
|Win||7–2||Nodar Kuduxashvili||Decision (unanimous)||Ring of Combat 41||June 15, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won the vacant ROC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||6–2||Daniel Akinyemi||Submission (heel hook)||Ring of Combat 39||February 10, 2012||1||3:58||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5–2||Aung La Nsang||KO (punch)||Ring of Combat 35||April 8, 2011||3||1:37||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||4–2||Costas Philippou||Decision (majority)||Ring of Combat 34||February 4, 2011||3||4:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||4–1||Chris Weidman||TKO (punches)||Ring of Combat 31||September 24, 2010||1||3:06||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Lost ROC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||4–0||Roger Carroll||Submission (punch)||Ring of Combat 30||June 11, 2010||1||2:41||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won the vacant ROC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||3–0||Mitch Whitesel||TKO (punches)||Ring of Combat 27||November 20, 2009||3||2:34||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2–0||Edwin Aguilar||TKO (head kicks)||Bellator 11||June 12, 2009||3||4:31||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||1–0||Mike Iannone||KO (punches)||Ring of Combat 9||October 29, 2005||1||0:44||Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States||Pro Debut.|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Win||4–0||Dylan Andrews||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen||April 9, 2013 (airdate)||2||4:50||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Semi-Final round|
|Win||3–0||Bubba McDaniel||KO (punch)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen||April 2, 2013 (airdate)||1||0:08||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Quarter-Final round|
|Win||2–0||Adam Cella||KO (spinning hook kick)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen||February 5, 2013 (airdate)||1||4:50||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Preliminary round; Knockout of the Season|
|Win||1–0||Andy Enz||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen||January 22, 2013 (airdate)||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Elimination round|
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- Staff (2013-07-17). "John Howard re-signs with the UFC, fights Uriah Hall at UFC on Fox Sports 1". bostonherald.com. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
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- "Dana White: Uriah Hall will be 'leaving town' if he doesn't beat Chris Leben at UFC 168". mmamania.com. 2013-10-02.
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