White: Uriah Hall is not a fighter
When the last season of TUF was filming, word filtered out about a ‘TUF Beast’ that was sending sending fighters to the hospital. Pre TUF hype is not always accurate, but Hall did indeed send all four opponents to the hospital.
There was talk of an inevitable title shot against the unbeatable Anderson Silva.
Then, in the TUF finale, Hall faltered vs. the game Kelvin Gastelum, losing a split decision. Saturday night, matchmaker Joe Silva brought back John Howard to provide Hall with a tough test, and Hall failed, losing his second split decision in a row.
The bout was notable for its extraordinary cameraderie – the two clearly and enormously appreciated fighting each other – but not for its action.
UFC president Dana White finally saw Hall in a new and not unkind light – he’s too nice to be a fighter.
“I love Uriah Hall,” said White post fight. “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 s— 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… That was a high-five competition.
“Listen, you’re a nice guy. I get it. We’re not here to f—ing high five. We’re not here to shake hands. You do all that s— when the fight’s over. You’re here to fight.”
“Uriah is so nice, he makes the other really guy nice.”
“He was this killer that everybody was afraid of on ‘TUF.’ Then he comes in to the big show, where it all really matters and where 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 when I talked to him after ‘TUF’ like, ‘You know, I just really like him (Gastelum) He’s a really nice guy.’ OK. Well that really nice guy just took every f—ing thing you ever wanted. Do you understand what I’m saying to you?”
“One of the things I love about this sport is the sportsmanship that is displayed sometimes before, during, and after a fight, but it gets to a point where it gets ridiculous. That’s not what people are sitting home to watch, that’s not what people paid to come into this building to watch, hug and high five and all that.”
“Its a mental thing. He was this killer that everyone was afraid of 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 ‘You know, I really like him, he’s a really nice guy. OK, well that really nice guy just took everything you wanted. Do you get what I’m saying, does that make sense to you? I guess it doesn’t make sense to him.”
Uriah Hall is now 0-2 in the UFC, a position that frequently leads to a release from contract. Will White cut Hall, sending him to the feeder organizations in hopes that it makes him meaner?
“I don’t know,” said White. “I’ve got to think about this one.”
What do you think UG? Does he stay or does he go? And who would you like to see Hall fight next?