Uriah Hall Wants Yoel Romero, Talks Adesanya-Costa
UFC middleweight contender Uriah Hall is riding on a couple of wins, and is eyeing his way back into the top five. “Prime Time” is open to fighting anyone, including Derek Brunson. However, for now, he has his sights set on former middleweight title contender, Yoel Romero.
Hall is currently in Singapore as a guest fighter during UFC Singapore: Maia vs. Askren. He talked to the media during the fight week about who he wants to fight next and the middleweight division, and said he is currently lobbying for a fight with Yoel Romero.
“I’m training with some hungry individuals”, Hall told the media during the Media Day. “So I feel like I’m very dangerous, and I’ve been calling out some people, and they’re like, ‘Uh, Uriah looks dangerous. Let’s not focus on him right now’.
“I’m the number one in my mind right now, that’s how you have to look at it. So you take out the politics and the “fans” – the fantasy people, and focus on you, the right people, the right attributes, because you don’t have a long career in the sport, but you get to die a legend.
“Honestly, I would love to fight Yoel. I know you all are going to f**k them up for me. Like, ‘Uriah Hall says he will fight Yoel’. But, the goal is to get to Israel. Nothing bad to say about the kid. He’s a stud, he’s a champ, but I get his style, “Stylebender”. It’s like Naurto vs. Goku, if you can call it that.
“But I want to fight him. He’s a stud. It’s like one of those classic, artistic guys. I’m Uriah Hall. I know how to fight that style. I’ve done that tons of times while coming up. I get him. You can’t fight a guy like that one-dimensional. And I think fighting top guys like Yoel (before fighting him) would be perfect.”
UFC president Dana White has already said Paulo Costa will next face Israel Adesanya. Uriah Hall knows Costa very well, and thinks Adesanya will be too good for “Borrachinha”.
“I think stylistically, Stylebener – he has that range, he’s got the distance, he’s going to tag him and light him up. What does Borrachinha do? He just comes at you. So, it could be a knockout, it could go the distance. I can see Borrachinha — he showed some holes against Yoel. He just keeps coming. How long can a Ferrari drive without injuring its shield, you know what I mean? So it’s just to go out there and implement a game plan, but I’m telling you, I want to go out there and fight Israel.”