Uriah Hall just retired. Hall is 38 years old and has a professional record that consists of 17 victories and 11 losses. Hall had a tough time in the past couple of years – but he was on a 4 win streak just 2 years ago with victories over Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman.
Since then Hall had lost his ‘fire’ and had lost to Sean Strickland last year, and to Andre Muniz in July of this year.
Hall had recently published a post detailing his decision to retire/step back from MMA:
“It is with great sadness that I will be stepping away from the greatest sport in the world. I’m going to miss the incredible UFC staff that has became like family and the mentors I have met along the way. ”
“The UFC has given me the Best opportunity to step completely outside my comfort zone. Throughout the years I’ve gone up against some of the best in the world at the highest level. Although I did not achieve the rank of world champion i’ve acquired some of my greatest achievements from mixed martial arts and that was facing my fears and being a champion in life. ”
“I want to thank the incredible fans, you guys made the sport what it is today. It is important to have the right people around you that care for you and encourage you to become a better version of yourself. I want to thank my team my coaches my friends and my family always standing by me. You all have been the driving force that encouraged me daily. ”
“Lastly, I want to specifically thank Dana White for giving me the opportunity to collide with modern day gladiators. Thank you for always supporting me thru the good and the bad…To the next generation you are the top 1% greatest athlete’s on the planet. Will be a pleasure to watch where you all take this sport from here. I will be watching! Goforth 🙏🏿.”
But many will remember Hall for his TUF tenure. Hall had delivered one of key moments in the history of the reality competition that saved UFC.
Hall was featured on the season 17 – and while he lost to Kelvin Gastelum in the finals his knock out of Adam Cella is a staple moment in the history of Mixed martial arts.
The moment also had a detrimental effect on Hall’s relationship to MMA. After the fact he said what happened made him not love MMA any more.
Since then Hall has not received favorable attention from his employers. Hall would go on to retire his idol Anderson Silva – in 2020. During the post fight press conference Dana White was very unfavorable calling Hall one of the shiest strikers of the UFC. It was widely speculated last year that Uriah might be on the chopping block and would be getting released by the UFC.
As if that wasn’t enough – Hall was also on the receiving end of a leg kick that ruined the leg of Chris Weidman and permanently sidelined him.
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In the end, it’s understandable why Hall opted to retire. Over at Calfkicker, we wish him the very best in all his future endeavors.