Uriah Hall (11-5) will arguably engage in the biggest fight of his career tonight against Gegard Mousasi (37-5) in the Co-Main event of UFC Fight Night 75. However he has a bone to pick with the media, Hall spoke to MMA Junkie recently and had this to say:
“I haven’t seen any downs (in my career), really; it’s only downs when you believe and start to listen to the media, because the media is usually bullsh-t and they usually come up with sh-t that makes no sense,” Hall told MMAjunkie. “They will never step in your shoes for a day, no less a second, but they can write a story to think that they know you. I was at that point where I used to believe the media, but the media is bullsh-t, and people who are negative are bullsh-t.”
“The first step in doing stuff like that is being honest; I’m honest with myself and I’m honest with everybody else,” Hall says. “I’ve been doing something in (2015), and it’s called being honest, and the first step is being honest with yourself.
“There’s no downs unless you accept it. I think Bruce Lee said it best: ‘You’re only defeated once you accept defeat.’ I’m never defeated because I always learn. I win or I learn. When you lose, it’s a learning experience however you look at it.”
“Primetime” says he’ll to continue to achieve positive results against Mousasi in a matchup he accepted on less than six weeks’ notice after Mousasi’s original opponent, Roan Carneiro, withdrew due to injury. Hall says part of his current mindset is to be prepared for any and all opportunities, so when the UFC called on him as a replacement, he says there was no hesitation in accepting.
“I’m always ready, and I believe in the whole thing of staying ready,” Hall says. “I’m always texting (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva saying, ‘Hey, I’m close to weight. If somebody gets hurt let me know.’ I’m not just here to fight in UFC; I’m here to go up against the best guys. This is completely outside my comfort zone fighting one of the best in the world. It’s different, but I’m always ready to step up.
“This is what I do, and I don’t complain about it. I’m in it for the ride and the glory. Unfortunately not everyone sees it that way, but f-ck everybody else.”