VIDEO: When Uriah Hall Had Dana White Concerned With a Horrifying Knockout Against Adam Cella in TUF 17

Published 07/30/2021, 1:10 PM EDT


Uriah Hall returns to action this weekend against Sean Strickland. The middleweight duo will collide at the main event of a UFC Fight Night card. Hall has had a career full of ups and downs so far. However, one can’t deny the fact that he is one of the most devastating knockout artists in the UFC.

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His highlight-reel is absolute entertainment to watch for the fans. One such knockout came against Adam Cella at The Ultimate Fighter season 17. Hall, a promising talent at that time, was coming to prominence among MMA fans for his impeccable stand-up skills. ‘Primetime’ was a part of the team Sonnen and was set to take on team Jones’ Cella.

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After measuring his distance and range, Hall landed a brutal spinning kick on the temple of Cella. That left his opponent completely floored and unconscious. Fighters and others present in the building were stunned and were expressing their excitement upon seeing the knockout, including UFC President Dana White.

However, those cheers were silenced soon as the room was fearful of Cella’s life. Hall was visibly anguished too. His stone-cold words, ‘I am sorry, Adam,’ were enough to show the seriousness of the situation. But, to everybody’s relief, Cella managed to get back to consciousness and sat back on the stool without any prominent immediate damage.

Dana White later described the knockout as one of the scariest he has seen in his entire life. Hall progressed to the finals of the show before losing a decision to Kelvin Gastelum.

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Can Uriah Hall make his mark yet again this weekend?

Hall‘s career has been full of ups and downs. Inconsistency is the main factor behind him being never fighting for the title yet as no one can question the unique skills he possesses. He has defeated some of the best fighters in the UFC. But has lost fights he should have won. Also, he seems to fold when under pressure.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: (R-L) Uriah Hall of Jamaica punches Anderson Silva of Brazil in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, he is currently on a good run having defeated two former champions like Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. Whether he can keep up his 4-fight winning streak against Strickland and make himself a genuine championship contender, remains to be seen.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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