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Uriah Hall, Rick Hawn, Joe Lauzon: The Morning News Roundup – 1.23.13

I didn’t think they could do it, but they did. If you tuned into last night’s season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter”, you saw something very different than the sixteen seasons before it. Gone was the bland reality show feel, the faux-drama and the shallow production value. Instead, you saw a bunch of fighters gathering at the TUF Gym in Las Vegas and battling it out, with their families present and cheering them on – and if defeat awaited on the other side, you saw the resulting raw emotion. I don’t know about you, but watching two young boys console their dad after he’d just been thoroughly beaten in the Octagon and had his dreams shattered… that’s powerful stuff there. Anyway, some news:

– In case you missed it, here’s MMAWeekly with a recap of the episode. Also, in case you missed it, one fighter really impressed and earned accolades from UFC president Dana White for his stellar performance. He is Uriah Hall, and you should remember that name. His only career losses came in the local Northeast MMA circuit, and they were to Chris Weidman and Costas Philippou. Could he be the guy Dana White said was sending everyone to the hospital?

– Yesterday I mentioned that Bellator lightweight contender Rick Hawn was getting the shaft from one of his sponsors. Well, it seems that situation has worked itself out.

– Joe Lauzon either got the coolest gift in the world or the grossest gift in the world. Maybe both.