There was a moment in time not too long ago where Uriah Hall
was on proverbial shaky legs regarding his future in the UFC, but
things have turned around.

Hall (15-9) had lost three in a row and four of five overall and it
seemed like he was about to be booted to the curb. The UFC likes
winners, or at the very least loud and boisterous fighters. Hall is
not the latter and was definitely not the former for a long
stretch, but “Primetime” decided to switch everything up in his
life.

Hall was in Texas not too long ago visiting some friends when he
decided to stroll into Fortis MMA. The Dallas-based gym has become
one of the leading places for MMA fighters to train and the pairing
certainly seems to be a natural fit as he edged Antonio
Carlos Jr.
via split decision in of the featured bouts of UFC
Fight Night 158 Saturday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver,
British Columbia.

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“It feels great to get my first win this year,” Hall said after his
triumph. “I had a great camp at Fortis MMA. We went over some
really specific game plans and stayed true to the work. I came out
here with a really great support system and it was just about
following through. I was really proud of myself for going out there
and letting it all go.”

Hall had consecutively lost to Robert
Whittaker
, Derek
Brunson
and Gegard
Mousasi
and then was knocked out by Paulo Costa after beating
Krzysztof
Jotko
. A third-round knockout of Bevon Lewis
followed, but Hall turned things around even more when he began his
new life at Fortis MMA.

“Switching camps helped a lot,” he said. “One of the things I loved
about Fortis was that it was just about things inside the Octagon,
we went over everything that we as athletes have to deal with. We
only have a certain amount time in here, so it was about taking
advantage of that and leaving a legacy behind.”

Hall broke Carlos Jr.’s nose and picked him apart on the feet for
the first two rounds of their middleweight contest. But when the
Brazilian took hall to the canvas in the third and attacked with
the rear-naked choke for most of the round, the decision hung in
the balance. Hall wound up walking out of the Octagon the winner of
a split decision win, and the only move for him is up the UFC’s
185-pound ranking ladder.

“Next for me is to rest up and not think too much for a bit,” he
said. “We’ll see what happens. Now, it’s about climbing the
rankings, seeing who is ahead of me and taking them out.”

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