Ron Stallings stepped in on just six days’ notice to face Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 59. It was his octagon debut and he was a significant 5.5-1 underdog against the man UFC president Dana White once dubbed “The next Anderson Silva.”
Unfortunately for Stallings, his big league premiere won’t be a memorable one. However, it will leave a lasting mark.
Their scrap was stopped in the opening round after Hall opened up a nasty gash over the top of Stallings’ left eye. While Stallings desperately wanted to continue, the ringside doctor said the cut was “too deep.”
Judging from the picture above, which was provided by UFC social media manager Shanda (unfortunately, I don’t know her last name), the doc made the correct call.
The official stoppage of the scrap came at 3:37 in the first stanza.
Interestingly, two of of Hall’s three UFC wins came by Chris Leben quitting on his stool after the opening round and tonight’s cut. His other victory came in a unanimous decision over Thiago Santos.
No quite the devastating finishes he was posting as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 17.”
UFC Fight Night 59 took place Sunday inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.