Uriah Hall’s in-ring demons haunt him again vs Sean Strickland
After a rather disappointing start to his UFC career, it seemed like Uriah Hall has finally gotten everything together. The talent has always been there, but for some odd reason, the consistency just isn’t. He could not string enough consecutive wins to put himself in position to challenge for the UFC Middleweight title.
Entering his fight against Sean Strickland on UFC Vegas 33 over the weekend, Hall has racked up five straight victories. Another one would have indeed put him in the short list of challengers for Israel Adesanya.
Now, he’s back at the end of the line after dropping unanimous decision loss to Strickland in the main event. It wasn’t some flash knockout or submission, nor was the fight even close. Hall was just beaten to a pulp. He was dominated at every aspect.
Unlike his nickname suggests, it seems Hall is still not ready for Prime Time. Hall absorbed a ridiculous 187 significant strikes from Strickland in the fight. He found himself on the receiving end of a UFC Middleweight record.
No disrespect to Strickland or his talents. He did come up with a flawless game plan and stuck to it. Kudos to him for taking out Hall. Still, we know Hall should be much better than this. Again, questions about his lack of a killer instinct arose.
For someone with an incredible highlight knockout reel as Hall, this shouldn’t even be in question.
He’s got 17 career wins, with 13 of those coming by KOs More often than not, Hall does it in such devastating fashion that only champions of the sport can do.
Yet, here he is again, falling short when he is closing in on a title shot. He still can’t shake off that gatekeeper status at 185. Something needs to change. It’s not like he’s getting any younger at 37 years old. Soon, Prime Time will be out of his prime.