UFC President Dana White hasn’t exactly been thrilled about Uriah Hall’s post TUF 17 performances thus far, as since the middleweight brutalized several of the show’s competitors, the feared striker’s gone 0-2 in official Octagon bouts. So, what’s next for Hall? Well the promotion has announced that he’ll battle rugged TUF vet Chris Leben at UFC 168 on December 28th. Sounds interesting no?
Of course, most people were expecting a barn burner at UFC FN 26 when Hall (7-4) was signed to fight noted kickboxer John Howard, but the bout didn’t offer much in the way of memorable violence. It did offer a few high fives, however, which White also didn’t care for. Hall lost the fight by split decision, which is the same result he scored versus Kelvin Gastelum at the TUF 17 Finale in April.
Leben (22-10) has struggled in the last couple of years and is coming off a split decision loss to Andrew Craig at UFC 162 in July. Prior to that, the vet lost by unanimous decision to Derek Brunson, and was stopped by Mark Munoz in his scrap before that. The 33 year-old hasn’t won a fight since July, 2011, when he needed just 27 seconds to floor Wanderlei Silva. While Leben will likely be the consensus underdog facing Hall, it’s important to remember he possesses an awe inspiring chin and has one punch KO power. So, in other words, Hall can expect to be pursued and pushed.
So, that’s another solid addition to UFC 168, and the loser could very well receive their walking papers. The card will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will feature middleweight champ Chris Weidman taking on Anderson Silva in round two, and women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey battling Miesha Tate for a second time as well.
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