When this season of The Ultimate Fighter began, UFC President Dana White declared there was a “beast” to be unveiled. In the third episode of season TUF 17, jaws dropped when Uriah Hall whipped a spin kick that nailed Adam Cella and dropped him to the ground out cold. Instead of clapping or cheers, nothing could be heard but abnormal breathing from the downed Cella. As White put it, “the nastiest guy in Ultimate Fighter history” had arrived.
Perpetually the underdog, there’s no question that Kelvin will most likely not be the favorite going in against Hall. Still, Uriah knows what kind of threats Kelvin presents and isn’t looking past his abilities in any way.
“I know Kelvin is strong. I’ve rolled with him. His wrestling is amazing, his hands have been improving since his first fight. I can’t really underestimate anything because it’s hard to pick out any holes in his game. He’s so good anywhere. You take him to the floor he’ll fight you. You stand up he’ll fight you. He’s just constantly growing and because he’s so young, he has that mindset where he’s like ‘whatever’. He’ll go out there and give you a hundred percent without even trying because he’s that good. And he’s on that level and that’s something that’s hard to explain. And I don’t even think he realizes how good he is and I give him props for that.”
“But come game day, I’m just going to go out there and have fun because for me I keep saying that because that’s the only time I could be like myself, when I have fun,” Hall continued. “I can’t really say I’m better than this or that I’m better than that, because I don’t really know the outcome, I really don’t.”
With success and spotlight Hall has already garnered, often comes much criticism. Hall has received his share of negative responses from the public and his own cast mates because he’d often seem aloof, or because he name called a few people on the show. Nonetheless, he seems to be dealing with the positive and negative in the right way. Hall credited Coach Sonnen for showing him how to find the balance.
“You’re going to have a lot of people look at you a certain way,” Hall said. “You think Chael’s this type of person, and yea, I thought Chael, that’s how he really was because when you see it like that on TV, you’re forced to believe it. But unless you really know the person and you take the time to hang out with them, and you get to know the real Chael, and I’ve got to know the real Chael and he’s nothing like what I saw, a great guy and even off-camera too. So, it’s whatever.”
“I really don’t have anything to live up to, I don’t have to live up to anybody’s expectations,” Hall added. “I go in that ring by myself, I’m leaving by myself. I’m not going to do this forever. At any given time, I’m just going to go out there and do what I love to do – perform. If I win, great. If I lose, still great. I look at it like a growing experience, so I don’t feel like I can lose anything. So, I really don’t care what anybody thinks – in a good way.”