There was a moment in time not too long ago where Uriah Hall was on proverbial shaky legs regarding his future in the UFC, but things have turned around.
Hall (15-9) had lost three in a row and four of five overall and it seemed like he was about to be booted to the curb. The UFC likes winners, or at the very least loud and boisterous fighters. Hall is not the latter and was definitely not the former for a long stretch, but “Primetime” decided to switch everything up in his life.
Hall was in Texas not too long ago visiting some friends when he decided to stroll into Fortis MMA. The Dallas-based gym has become one of the leading places for MMA fighters to train and the pairing certainly seems to be a natural fit as he edged Antonio Carlos Jr. via split decision in of the featured bouts of UFC Fight Night 158 Saturday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“It feels great to get my first win this year,” Hall said after his triumph. “I had a great camp at Fortis MMA. We went over some really specific game plans and stayed true to the work. I came out here with a really great support system and it was just about following through. I was really proud of myself for going out there and letting it all go.”
Hall had consecutively lost to Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson and Gegard Mousasi and then was knocked out by Paulo Costa after beating Krzysztof Jotko. A third-round knockout of Bevon Lewis followed, but Hall turned things around even more when he began his new life at Fortis MMA.
“Switching camps helped a lot,” he said. “One of the things I loved about Fortis was that it was just about things inside the Octagon, we went over everything that we as athletes have to deal with. We only have a certain amount time in here, so it was about taking advantage of that and leaving a legacy behind.”
Hall broke Carlos Jr.’s nose and picked him apart on the feet for the first two rounds of their middleweight contest. But when the Brazilian took hall to the canvas in the third and attacked with the rear-naked choke for most of the round, the decision hung in the balance. Hall wound up walking out of the Octagon the winner of a split decision win, and the only move for him is up the UFC’s 185-pound ranking ladder.
“Next for me is to rest up and not think too much for a bit,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. Now, it’s about climbing the rankings, seeing who is ahead of me and taking them out.”