“He's just been so phenomenal in elevating my game. I have a real funky style and not everyone can really take it and put something on it. I have people either trying to change my style or make it feel weird. He's been spectacular in that sense of helping me elevate. As a coach, you need not only the physical, but the mental side. He's been helping me with that. I decided to come out to Portland because I know working on the show with him was great and being in this environment it's so freaking peaceful out here. It's pretty much like being in the house again. Just hanging out with him and living with him and him being on top of everything, we're doing some old school Rocky training and I couldn't ask for anything better. I'm excited to have him in my corner.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Mark J. Rebilas-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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