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Old 08-23-2013, 01:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Fighter Analysis: Uriah Hallís road through mental weakness

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Will 'TUF hopeful' become a prodigy or just another name?

Last Saturday on the main card UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen, Ultimate Fighter 17 finalist Uriah Hall faced John Howard in a three fight loosing effort, falling to Howard in a disappointing split decision loss.

It was certainly a bitter loss for Hall who is now 0-2 in his last two fights including his TUF Finale match against winner Kevin Gastelum. However, if you look closely at both matches, both bare remarkable similarities. Both matches ended in close judges calls that went against Hall. The most shocking similarity about both fights though is that both fights featured a Uriah Hall who was nowhere near the caliber fighter we saw on the Ultimate Fighter.

During his stint in the Ultimate Fighter House, Hall established himself as not only the favorite but a finalist as well. There are often hopefuls in the early episodes of the show that seem like they probably will win it all, but sometimes fall through for some reason or another. So for a fighter to actually show promise and pull through with it right until the end of the finale is still impressive because in MMA, anything can happen.

In fact not only did Hall manage to win all of his matches, but he did so in impressive fashion, practically mauling all of his opponents on the way. He also managed to score the Knockout of the Season against Adam Cella (causing a scary moment where Cella had difficulty breathing) and drawing a statement from coach Chael Sonnen that Hall could beat anyone at middleweight, including then champ Anderson Silva whom Sonnen refered to as ďthat puke.Ē

The big question now is: why is a man who dominated all of his opponents in the house in impressive fashion, under performing in such a poor manner now, that heís actually in the UFC? Considering heís a two time Ring of Combat Middleweight Champion, heíd be used to fighting in front of an audience.

The answer can actually be explained by Hall himself who admit during the season in one interview that he can be mentally weak. That means that there are a variety of factors that can throw him off from being the fighter he was in the house to the fighter heís been in the Octagon. One of those actors can actually be the Octagon itself.

When a fighter steps into the cage of a regional promotion or even in the Octagon in the UFC Training Center, itís a much smaller controlled environment that someone can easily deal with mentally. However, the Octagon in actual UFC events is a completely different environment with thousands of fans screaming at you and a big screen hanging over your head with lots of blaring lights.

If someone isnít accustomed to such an environment and has a tendency to be mentally weak, itís very easy to be thrown off by all the added distractions and fall off oneís game plan to the point they arenít the fighter they usually are.

For Hall, he needs to develop a sense of urgency to not only overcome that mental weakness, but win his next fight if he hopes to stay in the UFC, let alone become the fighter who can maul opponents in a fashion similar to his TUF matches. Typically most fighters get three chances to prove themselves in the Octagon, if even that, and theyíre looking for a new job otherwise.

With Hall already 0-2 in the UFC, he needs to win or else heíll just become another name on the show that faded into anonymity.

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Old 08-23-2013, 09:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The most shocking similarity about both fights though is that both fights featured a Uriah Hall who was nowhere near the caliber fighter we saw on the Ultimate Fighter.
Don't understand how people say this. So he was a high caliber fighter because he KO'd a couple guys in impressive fashion? Could it not be that the guys he KO'd were total bums. And guys like Kevin and Howard are at least borderline UFC caliber. Where the bums he KO'd weren't even good TUF cast members?

So the excuse is he is too nice. Seems convenient. So he was a straight ruthless killer for a couple fights. Then all of a sudden he turned into too nice of a person to hurt people? Don't buy it at all.

NEWSFLASH: Not any fighter that has an impressive spinning KO kick on his resume is a good fighter. Uriah is losing to D level talent because he just isn't that good.
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Don't understand how people say this. So he was a high caliber fighter because he KO'd a couple guys in impressive fashion? Could it not be that the guys he KO'd were total bums. And guys like Kevin and Howard are at least borderline UFC caliber. Where the bums he KO'd weren't even good TUF cast members?

So the excuse is he is too nice. Seems convenient. So he was a straight ruthless killer for a couple fights. Then all of a sudden he turned into too nice of a person to hurt people? Don't buy it at all.

NEWSFLASH: Not any fighter that has an impressive spinning KO kick on his resume is a good fighter. Uriah is losing to D level talent because he just isn't that good.
I think is a very valid point. The reality is a lot of the fighters that make it on TUF are not UFC caliber, so it would be easy for someone better than them, but not at the UFC level to look Godly. The fact that Uriah Hall didn't just get smoked proves that he probably has the talent to be a UFC fighter, he just doesn't have the whole package and can't put it together.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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He has some KO power and he looks the part. But other than that his skills are very average. Not many people, even at 170 have gotten out-grappled by John Howard.

I'm sure he could beat a few MWs on the UFC roster if he had a good night. He hasn't faced one yet though. He has been in there with future UFC top 10s. He has went through TUF. He is what? Almost 30? He trains with a solid team. He has the physical frame and athleticism over many guys in the division. If he can't put it together now...when will he?
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Well there's a reason why my editor puts this under the "Opinion" label.
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You have to learn how to spell lose Kanto. When you spell it loose, just sound it out in your head as if it's moose instead. You're spelling it wrong.
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You have to learn how to spell lose Kanto. When you spell it loose, just sound it out in your head as if it's moose instead. You're spelling it wrong.
Also, the octagon is a factor not an actor, bear remarkable similarities, not bare them.
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This is the second article you've posted, and the second time you chose to focus on the fighter's mental makeup, rather than their skills. Specifically the holes in their game that were exploited.

Overeem may or may not be cocky, but that's not why he lost. He lost because of a poor decision to throw punches at Browne's protected head instead of knees at his unprotected body, poor cardio, and poor striking defense (he covers up and stiffens up instead of moving his head and rolling with the strikes that do land.) Humility won't help him as long as he keeps his head on his center line all the time.

Hall may or may not be mentally weak, but that's not why he lost. He lost because he has terrible counter-wrestling, and bad cage awareness/control. He allows himself to get backed up against the cage and isn't very good at getting out of there.

I don't mind the spelling errors, even though proofreading would be a good idea, but this armchair psychology stuff is weak. I'm not trying to be a dick here, I think it's good that you're writing and I'm glad you're sharing your work, but writing about what actually happened in the octagon is a more worthwhile effort than writing about what presumably happened in the fighters' heads.
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Well I'm learning and I'm open to constructive criticism as long as it's done in the right way. If I had to rewrite both articles I'd admit I would work technique in there. However, that's not how it turned out.
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I think the analysis of Hall is completely off base. I've seen nothing to suggest Hall is "mentally weak" or isn't a "fighter".

What I've seen is the difference between TUF competition and legit UFC competition.

None of the fighters Hall beat on TUF are UFC caliber fighters. It's easy to look spectacular against inferior competition.

Against better competition we've seen holes in Hall's game. Specifically his wrestling but it applies across the board.

Adam Cella will get caught by a wheel kick; fighters as good as John Howard won't.
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