UFC: Uriah Hall Wants To Make A Statement By Finishing Yoel Romero
There are have been few men that have wanted to fight the boogey man of the middleweight division, Yoel Romero, in recent years. But you can add Uriah Hall to the very short list. Since ‘Jacare’ Souza was forced out of their UFC 249 clash, after testing positive for the coronavirus, ‘Prime Time’ has switched his attention to ‘The Soldier Of God’.
Hall and Romero are set to face off on the UFC’s August 22nd card at the UFC APEX. Speaking to MMA Junkie, the 35 year old opened up on his desire to face Yoel.
“I’ve wanted Yoel for so long. Yoel’s one of the best. He’s an elite. This is the baddest, toughest and now I’m realising is the best sport in the world, and why would I not want to test myself against the best. If I’m going to be in the best sport in the world, why wouldn’t I want to go up against the best?”
Since his last fight, where he beat Antonio Carlos Junior by split decision at UFC Vancouver last September, Hall has had to overcome the mental hurdle of training for a fight amidst a global pandemic, only to lose his opponent the day before the fight, after he tested positive for the COVID-19.
“I had to collect myself,” Hall said. “I dedicated so much being isolated with quarantine and COVID and not being able to train properly and low on calories because you couldn’t burn them a certain way. I just had to readjust right away and luckily I had good people in my corner like my mom who just said, ‘Listen, your disappointment is God’s appointment.’ Now, looking back it’s like, it didn’t happen, but it brought me to a better place.”
With the UFC now fully back in the swing of things, Hall just wants to face whoever can get him a step closer to challenging for the middleweight title.
“I know the type of fights that will bring the best out of me stylistically and I’m trying to get to Izzy,” Hall continued. “I’m trying to get to him and in doing so I think taking out Yoel was solidify that spot. If they want to throw Darren Till out there I would love to smash him too, but I’m just trying to climb the ladder.”
Now with a new opponent to focus on, Hall isn’t content with just beating Romero, the Jamaican American plans on making a statement by finishing the former title challenger.
“I’m not trying to fight Yoel to survive, I’m trying to fight him to take him out,” Hall said. “I feel like I’m in my prime. I thought I was in my prime at 28, I’m definitely in my prime now. Regardless of what the UFC wants to give or show, I’m ready. I’m ready to show those attributes and a guy like Yoel, you’ve got to go after him. You’ve got to fight him. I just want to go after him. I’m excited to go after him. I’m not going to be reckless or careless because that dude hits like a truck, but I’m trying to get a title shot. My main focus is to get to the champ. I’m not even looking at the belt. Izzy is the trophy. I want to fight his style. That excites me more than a f***ing belt.”
How do you think Uriah Hall will fare against Yoel Romero next month?