Two middleweights that could be headed in completely opposite directions will square off this Saturday in Hidalgo, Texas.
Uriah ‘Prime Time’ Hall is a flashy middleweight and TUF 17 finalist (lost to Gastelum). Hall showed great promise on The Ultimate Fighter and is perhaps best known for his monstrous spinning-kick KO over Adam Cella.
However, after losing a pair of split decisions in his first two UFC bouts, he bounced back by defeating Chris Leben, Thiago Santos and Ron Stallings. When all is said and done, Hall is 5-4 in the UFC, sporting fancy KOs while fights that go the distance seem to be the bane of his existence.
In total, Hall is 2-5 in fights that go the distance. Brunson on the other hand, is 4-1. Hall’s last loss to Robert Whittaker placed his opponent on a five-fight win streak, which he could do again if he loses to Brunson on Saturday.
However, call it good matchmaking if you wish, but UFC brass seems to want to avoid another decision loss to one of it’s flashier middleweights. Likely due to the growing bore-fest that is this division…who would have thought that in 2016 we would have a Bisping/Henderson championship match? But I digress.
Derek Brunson is one seed below Hall ranked at #10 so it seems fitting that these two would fight both from a stylistic and rank-based standpoint.
Brunson has won four-in-a-row with the last three coming via TKO. These are all in the first round, including a 36 second washing of Ed Herman and his hair.
It’s fairly easy to wager that this fight won’t make it past the second round, then again we could end up with a boring decision (likely to Brunson) where two strikers become gun-shy out of fears of being knocked out.
However, I’ll be optimistic and choose the former; Brunson gets through Hall’s flashy strikes and runs him over for a 1st-round TKO.