The Uriah Hall (pictured) hype train has officially been derailed. After losing to heavy underdog Kelvin Gastelum in the finals of “The Ultimate Fighter 17,” UFC president Dana White claimed Hall choked under the Octagon’s bright lights.
Following Saturday’s hug and handshake show with John Howard, which resulted in a split decision defeat for Hall, White professed Hall is “not a fighter.”
“I love Uriah Hall,” White following last night’s post-fight press conference. “I have a great relationship with this kid. He’s one of the nicest human beings you’ll ever meet. He’s not a fighter, man.
“If I could take Brad Pickett’s brain 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 just unbelievable. He doesn’t have what it mentally takes to fight here.”
Hall was the human highlight film (sorry, Dominique Wilkins) on his edition of TUF. He single-handedly carried the season, and now his job might be in jeopardy.
White’s in a tough spot, particularly since he was the one spearheading the ‘Uriah Hall is the next big thing’ parade, but it appears the middleweight’s days with the UFC are numbered.
“I don’t know,” White responded when asked if Hall would be back. “I’ve got to think about this one.”
Hall’s record dropped to 7-4 after Saturday’s uneventful split decision defeat. He laid an egg in both of his UFC affairs.