Uriah Hall ‘isn’t a fighter’, says Dana White
Dana White may be forced to cut TUF standout Uriah Hall from the UFC's roster
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There was a time not all that long ago when Uriah Hall’s name struck fear in the eyes of his opponents, it now appears that his future is uncertain after a lackluster split-decision loss to John Howard yesterday.
Hall, 29, had a series of impressive outings on The Ultimate Fighter season 17, including one jaw-dropping wheel kick KO. He ultimately lost the finale to Kevin Gastelum via split-decision but expectations were high for the New York native.
In his second UFC appearance yesterday, Hall dropped a close, split-decision to returning UFC fighter John Howard, prompting the company president Dana White, to use some choice words when discussing Hall with the media post-fight.
“I have a great relationship with this kid. He’s one of the nicest human beings you’ll ever meet. He’s not a fighter, man,” said White.
“Uriah Hall has all the physical attributes to be amazing. He’s got speed. He’s got power. He’s just unbelievable. He doesn’t have what it takes mentally to fight here,” he added.
Expectations were once again big for Hall taking on Howard, a man who was returning to the UFC after a run on the regional circuit and would normally be featured in the welterweight division. In a strange affair, the two men embraced on multiple occasions while high-fiving after striking exchanges.
Hall left White in disbelief and at 0-2 in the UFC; his employment status has come into question. White was non-committal though, expressing uncertainty as to whether or not Hall would be cut.
“I don’t know. I’ve got to think about this one,” said White.
The decision would be a tough one for the UFC, who have thrown their weight behind Hall, building him up through TUF in the hope that he would break through into stardom.
Hall's potential shown on TUF was once again on show yesterday but after failing on the big stage once again, he may not get another chance to showcase his talents.
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