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UFC Middleweight ‘Primetime’ Uriah Hall Retires From MMA

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On August 10th, 2022- Uriah Hall made an announcement via Instagram to retire from MMA competition typing, “It is with great sadness that I will be stepping away from the greatest sport in the world.”

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Hall faced some of the best MMA competition in the world during his tenure with the UFC. Hall acknowledged this by saying, “Throughout the years I’ve gone up against some of the best in the world at the highest level.” Hall continued “I want to thank the incredible fans, you guys made the sport what it is today.”

“I want to thank my team, my coaches, my friends and my family always standing by me. You all have been the driving force that encouraged me daily. Lastly I want to specifically thank Dana White for giving me the opportunity to collide with modern day gladiators.”

Inside the UFC Career of ‘Primetime’ Uriah Hall

In January of 2013, it was announced that Uriah Hall (7-2 MMA at the time) was selected to join the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter competition. Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen served as the coaches for the season. Hall was able to defeat Andy Enz via decision to get into the house. Hall was then selected by Sonnen for the team’s second pick.

Following the team selection, Hall was able to score what White declared the most vicious knockout he had ever seen in TUF’s eight-year history at the time. With less than ten seconds left in the opening round, Uriah Hall nailed Adam Cella with a spinning hook kick-knockout as the round came to a close.

Hall then advanced to the quarterfinals to face Bubba McDaniel. Hall won with another KO in the first round, breaking McDaniel’s face in three different places. Hall received high praise after the contest with White calling Hall the “most dangerous fighter” in the history of the competition. Coach Sonnen proclaimed Hall as a future contender in the UFC’s middleweight division. In the semifinals, Hall defeated Dylan Andrews by TKO in the second round.

Going 4-0 in the competition, Uriah Hall had one last hurdle to face in the finalist Kelvin Gastelum who was also from Team Sonnen. Hall narrowly lost by split-decision in the controversial final fight of the season. The winner has been heavily debated in the close contest by fans and pundits alike.

During his tenure with the UFC, Hall amassed a record of ten wins and nine losses. Uriah Hall’s nickname of ‘Primetime’ definitely stuck with 14 of his 17 total MMA wins coming by way of finish, 13 of the 14 were KO/TKO victories. His wins in the UFC included victories over the likes of Chris Leben, Thiago Santos, Gegard Mousasi, Anderson Silva in Silva’s final MMA contest, and Chris Weidman. Other UFC alum Hall faced were Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson, Paulo Costa, and Sean Strickland. Hall’s last fight was against Andre Muniz at UFC 276 in July this year.

We at Overtime Heroics thank you for an entertaining and successful career and wish you well during your next adventure in life, Uriah Hall.

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