Uriah Hall exploded into mainstream MMA this past year thanks to a series of  jaw dropping stoppages on TUF 17, and his tightly contested, split decision loss to Kelvin Gastelum in the show’s finale. Up next, the knockout artist will take on fellow striker John Howard, at this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 26 card in Boston. It’s a middleweight scrap that you probably don’t want to miss.

RM Sports recently caught up with Hall to discuss the upcoming fight, as well as his plans for life after MMA. Here is some of what the 29 year old had to say.

“What I want to do, and I don’t want to start doing it after I retire, I would love to do it now, and that’s just giving back,” said Hall. “One of the biggest things I’m focused on is our youth. I came from a part where I was bullied a lot and I know it’s still happening, and I’m definitely not a fan of that. I’m trying to do whatever I can to help others come out of that dark hole, because I know the feeling of it, I know what it can do to you, and it’s hard for a lot of people to understand.”

Hall also talked about how martial arts helped change his life, and that as a result, he would love to teach and instruct others after he hangs up the gloves. Sounds like a good plan.

UFC Fight Night 26 will be hosted by Boston’s TD Garden Arena and will feature “Shogun” Rua taking on Chael Sonnen in the main event.

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