Uriah Hall has had a bizarre career trajectory since his run on The Ultimate Fighter. After a dominating run on TUF 17 led to a split decision defeat in the series finale against Kelvin Gastelum, Hall proceeded to drop yet another split decision just months later against John Howard.
Hall has seemingly lost the killer instinct that made him such a force to be reckoned with on TUF, showcasing a much more timid style in his two professional UFC bouts. Many have wondered if the 29-year old fighter is suffering from personal issues that are preventing him from keeping his head in the octagon.
According to Dana White though, that’s just how Hall is, and that he simply does not have what it mentally takes to compete at this level.
At a post-Shogun vs Sonnen press conference, White stated that Hall is “not a fighter,” saying:
“I love Uriah Hall. I have a great relationship with this kid. He’s one of the nicest human beings you can ever meet. He’s not a fighter, man. If I could take Brad Pickett’s brain and heart and put it inside Uriah Hall’s body, holy shit there would be some damage done, because Uriah Hall has all the physical attributes to be amazing. He’s got speed, he’s got power, he’s unbelievable. He doesn’t have what it mentally takes to fight here. You know what I mean?
White elaborated that Hall is just too nice, and that is getting in the way of his ability to fight:
“It’s a mental thing. He was this killer on TUF, and then he comes into the big show where it really matters and this is going to make your livelihood and everything else, and he turns into this different person. This super nice guy. He was telling me after the Kelvin fight ‘I really like him, he’s a really nice guy. OK, well that really nice guy just took everything fucking thing you ever wanted. Do you get what I’m saying, does that make sense to you? I guess it doesn’t make sense to him.”
White did not state if Hall’s 0-2 record would result in him being cut from the promotion, or if a third chance is in order.