Thanks to TUF 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum, Uriah Hall may not have quite the same amount of hype behind him heading into UFC Fight Night 26, but that doesn’t change the fact he’s quite good at concussing opponents. Hall will look to record his first official UFC win Saturday against John “Doomsday” Howard, who didn’t get that nickname because he has a reputation for laying and praying.
Howard may not be a familiar a name with newbie fans, but in 2009, the experienced striker quickly made a name for himself in the UFC by scoring four straights wins. Although Howard proceeded to lose three in a row, the Massachusetts fighter rebounded on the regional circuit and has worked his way back into the UFC. Not surprisingly, Howard is more than familiar with Hall and some of his greatest hits, and here’s what the vet had to say about his much discussed striking game (comments thanks to MMA Junkie.com).
“That spinning kick was impressive, but he did it to a kid who had no background in striking,” Howard said. “I have a trained eye; I’ve been striking for over 10 years, with some of the best strikers in the world.
“I have the eye to see that. I’m not saying it can’t land it, just more likely that he’s not. If he throws it, it’s going to expose him to my power. I’m a Thai fighter; he’s an American karate kickboxer; I’m straight Muay Thai.
“It’s his flash against my power. I think if he goes flashy with it, he’s going to get a rude awakening.”
Due to each guy’s striking background, there’s a good chance someone’s going to have a “rude awakening” Saturday. UFC Fight Night 26 will be hosted by Boston’s TD Garden Arena and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
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