Uriah Hall transitioned from mixed martial arts (MMA)…but it wasn’t easy.
Upon entering the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in April 2013, the 38-year-old Hall was touted as perhaps the hottest prospect in all of MMA. “Primetime” delivered some of the greatest performances in The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 17 storyline, landing a heavy wheelhouse kick and knockout under guard.
Unfortunately for Hall, he never reached the heights expected of him. Lost in the final TUF 17 to Kelvin Gastelum by split decision, he would, however, continue to enjoy a strong run in the promotion, going 10-9 with notable names like Anderson Silva and Gegard Mousasi ending on his resume.
When Hall recently called it a career, it was tougher than he expected.
“I’ve spent the last 20 years of my life dedicating myself, my soul, to an attribute, and then all of a sudden it’s gone, it’s taken away,” Hall said in a media scrum after the Paul-Silva open workouts (h /t Combat MMA). “It was really dark and deep places, and luckily I had the right people around me to support me.
“When I say I was feeling depressed, I even looked at my gun at one point, like, ‘Wait a minute, I could be going down a very dark road if I don’t make it’,” a- he concluded.
Hall isn’t done fighting despite retiring from MMA. This weekend (Saturday, October 29, 2022) in Phoenix, Arizona on the undercard boxing event Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva, Hall takes on the former National Football League (NFL) running back. , Le’Veon Bell.
“If you don’t have the right support system, you’re not going to make it,” Hall said. “If you look at people like Robin Williams, all those types of people, you’re like, ‘How the hell did you kill yourself?’ I get it. At that point, I finally f—king figured it out.
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