“I thought it would be more of a banger's war, but Uriah's a smart fighter and he kept it real technical. I didn't expect a takedown real early. I did expect him to try and take me down after we stood for some. I thought he would be more aggressive and come out swinging and looking for the knockout. I think my skills of being a high-level striker made him back off. There was just an exchange here and there, but it didn't go off. Once he found out, he didn't want to exchange and it was a fight to outpoint basically. I was surprised he didn't push the action more than he did. I thought my experience would lead to the outcome of the fight and I was right. I'm satisfied with the victory.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
UFC welterweight John Howard seemed destined to fade into obscurity after his original run in the Octagon ended with a three-fight skid. However, the phrase “Boston Strong” rings true when it comes to the Dorchester native, and Howard earned a second shot after putting together a 5-1 run outside of the organization and stepping up on short notice to face Uriah Hall in August. The 30-year old slugger held his own against Hall, earning a surprising Split Decision win, and will look to add another instance of success at UFC 168 when he squares off against Siyar Bahadurzada. Howard recently reflected on his return to the sport’s biggest stage in an interview with UFC.com, expressing excitement over the opportunity in front of him as well based on facing a guy who likes to bang.
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