Choker, bust, too nice, no killer instinct, not a fighter. Those are all terms UFC president Dana White has used – directly or indirectly – to describe the disappointment Uriah Hall (pictured) has been since filming wrapped on “The Ultimate Fighter 17.”
Hall was a human highlight reel while taping TUF, but has been unimpressive in his two losses since the show concluded. Nobody hopped off Hall’s bandwagon faster than White, who claimed Hall was “not a fighter” after his most recent lackluster defeat.
“He’s in this place where he looks like he’s gonna come off the show and dominate the world. [He] completely flops,” White recently said of the once-promising middleweight. “[I’ve been] very critical [of Hall]. He sent me a text and said, ‘I appreciate what you said, it lit a fire under me.’ I said, ‘It better.’
“[We didn’t talk beyond that brief text message]. What else do you say to the guy? I care about the kid, I like him. He’s one of the nicest human beings you could ever meet, therein lies the problem. It really is part of the problem. He has no killer instinct, whatsoever.”
Then how do you explain the devastation he was unleashing on the reality show?
“I have no idea!” a puzzled White responded. “And it wasn’t like he had killer instinct on the show, he was catching guys with some good s***. Everybody was saying s*** about Uriah Hall. Everybody was talking about that kid. People were saying, ‘We want to see him versus Anderson Silva.’ That’s how much hype there was behind Uriah Hall.”
Hall gets one final chance inside the Octagon to prove to his now-naysayers that all the hoopla was warranted when he meets Chris Leben on December 28 at UFC 168. However, it will take far more than a dominant finish over a past-his-prime Leben to erase what’s transpired in Hall’s last two fights.