After buzzing the MMA world with his violent and impressive run on TUF 17, Uriah Hall came up short against the rugged Kelvin Gastelum in show’s finale. Despite the loss, there’s still a ton of hype behind Hall as he heads into his UFC Fight Night 26 tilt with John “Doomsday” Howard, which will take place August 17th. Since Howard’s record is also replete with stoppage wins, there’s likely not a lot of fans that will be turning the channel when the welterweights step into the cage.

RM Sports recently caught up with Hall to discuss his training camp at Reign MMA in California, and to get his thoughts on his upcoming tilt with Howard. Although the TUF vet expects Howard to come out firing, Hall sees the bout ending one specific way (published first by

“I know he swings and he goes for it; he’s ready to bang and I can bang too, but I think a little bit more ahead. So it’s going to be really interesting; I know a lot of people are going to say probably fight of the night, or whatever, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I know there’s going to be a knockout and it’s not going to be me.”

Howard, who Hall credited as being a “very tough opponent”, will be returning to the UFC for the first time since 2011. After winning four straight fights to begin his UFC run, Howard dropped three in a row and was let go. Since then he’s gone 6-1 to lock up another Octagon appearance. It certainly has the blueprint to be a fantastic bout.

UFC Fight Night 26 will be hosted by Boston’s TD Garden Arena and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Stay tuned to Caged for all your UFC news and coverage.