“I focused more on his attributes than my skill set,” Uriah Hall opens up about the defeat against Chris Weidman

Uriah Hall opens up about dealing with the defeat against Chris Weidman.

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Uriah Hall Chris Weidman
Uriah Hall and Chris Weidman

After almost a decade of losing the fight against the former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, Uriah Hall reflects back upon this defeat and how it changed him.

Uriah Hall
Uriah Hall

Hall explained the events that led to that fight, and how they affected him, he said, “Prior to it happening, and there’s a crazy story behind it, the organization I was working for—there’s a corporate place in New Jersey—I might’ve been the front desk guy, this douchebag kept saying to me that he’s a great wrestler, he’s a great wrestler. Like, dude, I don’t give a sh*t. It never bothered me; a fight is a fight.”

Hall added, “But he kept saying it and I remember one day it just got in my head, ‘Oh sh*t, what if he takes me down?’ So that was the window of that open fear. It was my first window of fear. And I remember going in there thinking, ‘Sh*t, don’t get taken down.’ I focused more on his attributes than my skill set and I got clipped. I wasn’t out, but I got clipped, and the ref was like, ‘He’s done, let me save him,’ and they stopped the fight.” (h/t MMAFighting)

“There’s no way this dude will stand with me,” Uriah Hall is confident that Chris Weidman will try to take him down

Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall
Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall

Hall has worked hard on his wrestling skills moving into this fight against Chris Weidman, he said, “I already know what he’s gonna do. There’s no way this dude will stand with me. I encourage it, but there’s no way he’s gonna do it. So, we’re prepared for it. It’s a motivation. I’m training hard, but the main thing is that I’m staying composed and focused. When I have those two, man, I am dangerous.”

Finally, Hall concluded the interview by saying, “I’m going out there to beat him up. That’s my goal, my game plan, my mindset, and I’m sure his mindset is the same too. We’re athletes. I’ve got nothing bad to say about Chris. I’m actually really good friends with Matt Serra so it’s kind of bittersweet. It’s just business. A part of me is like it’s a little bit of payback but he’s just in my way, and I got to get to [Adesanya] over there. I just gotta be like sorry, bro. I gotta do what I gotta do.” (h/t MMAFighting)

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