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UFC Fight Night 26: John Howard Vs. Uriah Hall

Uriah Hall vs. John Howard

Ultimate Fighter runner-up Uriah Hall (7-3) takes on John Howard (20-8) in the middleweight division next. Hall, who was upset by Kelvin Gastelum in the TUF finals earlier this year, has losses to Costa Philippou and current UFC champion Chris Weidman on his resume. Howard is returning to the Octagon after putting together a 6-1 mark in regional action. The referee will be Mario Yamasaki.

From 2009-11, Howard went 4-3 in seven UFC bouts, losing his last three to Matt Brown, Thiago Alves and Jake Ellenberger.

Round 1: And just like that, Hall with a takedown in the first seconds. Those training sessions with Mark Munoz appear to have paid off. Hall attempting to improve his position, but Howard is doing a great job of denying him. Howard whips off a crazy-quick leg kick, and Hall counters with an attack that includes a spinning head kick that just misses. Howard comes flying in with a left and clinches against the cage. It sounded as if the crowd was anticipating a KO there, as they got loud for a brief moment. For the first time, we hear a smattering of booing as these two take a breather against the fence. Hall responds with a knee to the body, but gets denied on a takedown attempt. Hall fends off a takedown and lands a left as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hall

Round 2: Hall goes for a power takedown and leaves his head exposed, but Howard can’t secure the choke. They stand and exchange, and for the first time in this fight, the Boston crowd responds to the action. Not the highlight-worthy fight most were probably expecting. Hall goes for a slick kimura, is unable to secure it and transitions like a flyweight to the back. Nice move by the big man. Howard now working a possible arm submission, but spins away and unloads a left followed by a leg kick. Hall quick clinches and gets taken down for his effort. Howard finishes with round on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Howard

Round 3: Both fighters have slowed with their attacks, and they clinch against the fence. With no action taking place, the ref steps in and separates them to the enjoyment of the fans. Both men smile at each other, and Hall lands a kick in response. Big knee by Howard who follows up with a takedown. Hall looking for a switch as we go under two minutes in this round. Howard takes the back and Hall gets to his feet. Howard almost mounting the back, and Hall spins free. Hall with a takedown that might just seal the round and fight. Howard tries to pump up the crowd, they both spin their fingers in the air and show some energy that seemed to be in the reserve. Hall misses with a spinning attempt and Howard comes flying down with a big right.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hall

John Howard def. Uriah Hall via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)