After nearly nine months away from the Octagon, Uriah Hall is preparing to return at UFC Fight Night 116 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 16.
Hall is currently riding a three fight losing streak having suffered losses to Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson and Gegard Mousasi. Having taken some time away to get his head sorted, Hall is now training at the UFC’s new state of the art Performance Institute to prepared for his showdown with American Top Team’s, Krzysztof Jotko.
Speaking to the UFC Unfiltered Podcast earlier this week, Hall said that he was feeling in top condition both physically and mentally and that in the past months he’d been putting a lot of things into perspective.
“Honestly, it’s a job you know and someone has to remind you of that,” Hall said. “If you put too much pressure into and you worry about the negative affirmation, what people think about and judge you [on], whether it’s Dana White there watching you or the crowd, or your family and the people that you don’t want to let down, all that can affect you. It’s a lone sport so when you go out there it’s no, ‘Hey, tag, you’re in,’ it’s just you, the cage and the lock.
“As much as your coach is there on the other side, you can hear them or what not, but you’re still in there by yourself. I think the majority of the fight is mental and you have to say to yourself ‘It’s just a job.’ There other things outside of fighting, but for that 15-minutes I have to become that person, but it doesn’t define me, especially someone’s opinion. Someone’s opinion should never become your reality. Mentally I feel pretty good.”
One man who’s recently put a lot of the 185-pounds division on blast is former champion Luke Rockhold. Hall has escaped Rockhold’s wrath for the most part, but the former TUF competitor revealed to hosts Matt Serra and Jim Norton that the two of them didn’t see eye-to-eye.
“He don’t like me either,” Hall said laughing. “Kelvin [Gastelum] came back one time and said Luke doesn’t like me. I’m like, ‘For what?’ and he said it was because I was full of myself. I was like, dude you went on a frickin reality show and you embarrassed yourself and you’re telling me that I’m full of myself?
“He’s an All-American douchebag I’d love the opportunity one day to just slap him for that.”
Hall summed up his feelings for Rockhold by saying, “You know that person you just don’t like, he’s one of them.”