Longtime UFC middleweight competitor Uriah Hall has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.
Uriah Hall Retires From MMA
Hall made the announcement official on his Instagram, releasing a lengthy statement revealing he’s walking away from the sport.
“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! “
“Prime Time” ends his career on a two-fight losing streak, as the 38-year-old dropped two unanimous decisions in his last outings.
Hall is a former runner-up in The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 tournament. However, he provided the show with one of the most vicious knockouts of all time.
He is also regarded as one of the most feared strikers the UFC’s middleweight division has seen in recent years.
Hall has shared the Octagon with top names such as Kelvin Gastelum, Gegard Mousasi, Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson, Paulo Costa, Anderson Silva, Chris Weidman, and many more.
While he was never able to reach the 185-pound title, or a title opportunity, Hall was undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable stylistic matchup fighters for fight fans to enjoy over the course of his exciting career.