In his fight against Roy "Big Country" Nelson on Saturday night, Josh Barnett announced his return in dominant fashion.
Uriah Hall has been receiving a lot of slack ever since he came out of TUF 17. He had impressively made it all the way to the finals by impressively KO’ing and TKO’ing his opponents, but then looked hesitate and completely lackluster against fellow Chael Sonnen teammate Kevin Gastelum. He had lost the contest via a split decision.
Soon after he lost a split decision to John Howard, Hall bounced back with a TKO of Chris Leben. He followed that up with two more decision wins before losing to Rafael Natal via split decision. Then soon after he was once again able to bounce back with a KO Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC Fight Night 73.
Hall had become a little bit of an enigma as he was able to demonstrate the kind of striking skills you’d only see in video games. From spinning heel hook kicks, quick counter crosses, and jumping spinning back kicks, there aren’t too many fighters in the UFC that showed the kind of prowess in striking that he has shown.
In order to prove all of the critics and media wrong, he stepped up against one of the best middleweights the UFC had to offer, Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi’s original opponent Roan Carneiro stepped down with an injury for their contest at UFC for UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson in Japan.
Hall came into the fight as a 6 to 1 underdog. Mousasi has been a solid fighter for the better part of the last decade and defeated monsters such as Mark Hunt, Ronaldo Souza, Dan Henderson and Melvin Manhoef. These facts didn’t deter Hall at all. Once the opening bell rang, Mousasi had taken down the explosive fighter with a quickness. Most would have thought that Hall would have seen his demise immediately, but he proved naysers wrong. He defended Mousasi’s submission attempts and even had Mousasi in trouble with a kimura reversal that he had used.
When the fight went to the second round, Hall once again began showing his striking brilliance. As Mousasi aggressively walked towards Hall, Hall had instinctively thrown a spinning back kick when Mousasi ducked down into and wobbled back. Hall rushed Mousasi, threw a knee and eventually finished Mousasi with ground and pound.
This is the first time that Hall has finished a Top 10 opponent. Not only did he win, he defeated his opponent with the type of moves you’d see out of Guile from Street Fighter. Let’s hope the nickname “Primetime” sticks and Hall can stick to his winning ways in impressive fashion.
Just take a look at the action below:
Watch a video of Uriah Hall violently TKO'ing Gegard Mousasi.