“What happened was I literally felt like a wrestler. Like a ground guy. That's why I'm out here in Portland to get that back. For me, I was always told to look at your weakness and make it your strength and I focused so much on my weakness that I forgot about what I was good at. One of my buddies brought to my attention that I was trying to recreate something that I'm not and that's exactly what I was trying to do. In my mind, I was saying that I'm a complete fighter, but I was forgetting what my bread and butter is. I'm not one to make mistakes, but when I do I learn from them, move forward, and get better.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
UFC middleweight Uriah Hall (7-4) looked like a star in the making during his run to the Ultimate Fighter 17 final against Kelvin Gastelum. However, he lacked the spark he showed on TUF 17 during their scrap and lost a Split Decision. In his follow-up fight against John Howard he looked similarly stumped and once again fell on the scorecards. However, when he locks horns with Chris Leben (22-10) at UFC 168, Hall has guaranteed fans will see a different fighter resembling the one they became accustomed to on the reality show rather than the fish-out-of-water from his last two tilts. The 29-year old recently spoke to UFC.com about what has changed and why he looks forward to facing an aggressive opponent like Leben.
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