During his stint on the Ultimate Fighter Season 17, coach Chael Sonnen was highly impressed with Urijah Hall and praised his abilities, believing that not only would Hall win the show, but could contend with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva soon. Hall, however believes he needs time to grow, but of course would relish the opportunity:
"I was shocked, like 'What? Give me time to build up!' Sometimes as a coach, they will see things in you that you don't see. Since he was my coach at that time, he saw that potential. Somewhere down the line, maybe it will happen, but it's not something I'm pushing.
I feel, personally, this guy is a walking legend and if I ever get the opportunity one day, that'd be great. I'm not looking towards that, I'd rather earn my way up there, like the rest of the guys."