UFC’s Uriah Hall stormed onto the national stage with two devastating knockout victories on last season’s “The Ultimate Fighter 17.”
It’s been downhill for the fighter ever since.
Now, after being heralded as the next big thing and eyed as a future contender for the middleweight championship, Hall finds himself unwittingly on the wrong side of a real-life pro wrestling angle.
“I don’t really think of matches as loser leaves town unless you are talking about Uriah Hall’s next fight,” said UFC President Dana White at a media event in Brazil recently. “Uriah Hall needs to win a fight or Uriah Hall will be leaving town.”
In the days before Hulk Hogan and video tape revolutionized pro wrestling, promoters would often stage “loser leaves town” matches when a wrestler was set to move on from a regional territory and try to make some money elsewhere. The “loser” was typically a guy who couldn’t draw money in that area of the country anymore, or who needed to return to his home territory where he was a draw.
While Hall was a TV success after his wicked knockouts, he has disappointed since. He gave a lackluster performance in losing at the TUF finale against Kevin Gastelum and then lost another fight by decision to John Howard in August.
White and others have wondered what happened to the guy who smashed his TV opponents.
During the show, Hall knocked Adam Cella out cold with a spinning heel kick. In his next fight, he broke Bubba McDaniel’s face in three places with a right hand.
Hall, however, has failed to impress in his two fights since. He will get one more chance to win before getting cut, according to White, when he faces the tough veteran, an original TUF competitor, Chris Leben on Dec. 28 at UFC 168.