Former UFC middleweight prospect Uriah Hall was successful in his professional boxing debut on Saturday night.
Hall squared off with NFL running back Le’Veon Bell as part of the undercard to the highly-anticipated boxing showdown between YouTuber turned professional boxer, Jake Paul and MMA legend Anderson Silva. In a four-round cruiserweight contest, Hall delivered a fairly dominant, yet somewhat uninspired performance that earned him a unanimous decision.
Following the bout, Hall called for a fight with Paul who was still awaiting his time to step inside the squared circle. During the event’s post-fight press conference, Hall elaborated on his in-ring comments while giving credit to his opponent on Saturday night.
“I definitely think I could take him,” Hall said during post fight presser. “He has an awkward style. I was watching him. His style will lure you in. It’s almost like it’s hard to hit him, the way he stands a certain way and throws these awkward punches. In all his fights, he almost does the same thing. I definitely think I could give him a challenge, because I’ll come at him.
“He’ll hit me, but I’ll come at him. I don’t back up with boxing gloves on. I take a couple shots, but I’ll come at you. Le’Veon (Bell) was probably one of the hardest-hitting dudes with those gloves on that I’ve ever felt. I don’t think Jake hits that hard. Yeah, bro, you don’t. Yeah, I said it.”
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) October 30, 2022
Uriah Hall Says ‘It Sucked’ to See Anderson Silva Defeated by Jake Paul on Saturday Night
On October 31st, 2020, Uriah Hall stepped into the Octagon with Anderson Silva and scored the biggest win of his career, knocking out ‘The Spider’ in the fourth round of their main event scrap. Hall discussed the mixed feelings he felt defeating a living legend like Silva and felt similarly seeing Silva lose to Jake Paul in the pay-per-view main event.
“You should’ve heard me in the background,” Hall said. “I was like, ‘Revenge is coming.’ It sucked. It even sucked when I had to fight him. Anderson has done so much for the sport. He inspired a lot of people, some people in this room. He’s an icon. He’s a legend. When people say that I’m a legend, I’m like, ‘That dude is a legend.’ I have so much respect for him. It hurt to watch, but I’ve got to separate those emotions. At the end of the day, it’s the skillset. Jake Paul did what he had to do to win, but I definitely felt it for Anderson.”
Anderson Silva suffered his first defeat in the boxing ring against Paul, losing on all three scorecards after being knocked down by ‘The Problem Child’ in the eighth and final round.
As far as Uriah Hall’s future, the recently retired mixed martial artist says that he’s just having fun right now. Making no commitments, Hall is open to any opportunity that may come his way.
“If the opportunity strikes, I’ll definitely do it. I love to compete. I’m still in my prime. I still got some more miles on me. If something comes my way, I’m doing it. For the most part, I’m just having fun. If there’s a potential chance to kick that dude’s ass, f*ck yeah, I’ll do it.”