The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 runner-up was the toast of the town following a brutal run through the combat sports reality show, in which he laid waste to fellow contestants Adam Cella and Bubba McDaniel with a pair of vicious, highlight-reel knockouts.
Then came a shocking, split decision loss to Kelvin Gastelum in the series finale.
That baffling performance didn't derail the hype train. Heck, it didn't event slow it down, as Hall was a whopping -450 favorite against John Howard at the UFC Fight Night 26 event last Saturday night (Aug. 17, 2013) in Boston, Massachusetts (more on that here).
Three rounds later and he's 0-2 as a UFC fighter.
Except he's not a fighter, according to UFC President Dana White, who called Hall "one of the nicest human beings you will ever meet." In fact, White told reporters during the "Shogun vs. Sonnen" post-fight media scrum that he's not mentally fit to compete.
"I love Uriah Hall. I have a great relationship with this kid. He's one of the nicest human beings you can ever meet. He's not a fighter, man. If I could take Brad Pickett's brain and heart and put it inside Uriah Hall's body, holy shit there would be some damage done, because Uriah Hall has all the physical attributes to be amazing. He's got speed, he's got power, he's unbelievable. He doesn't have what it mentally takes to fight here. You know what I mean? It's a mental thing. He was this killer on TUF, and then he comes into the big show where it really matters and this is going to make your livelihood and everything else, and he turns into this different person. This super nice guy. He was telling me after the Kelvin fight ‘I really like him, he's a really nice guy. OK, well that really nice guy just took everything fucking thing you ever wanted. Do you get what I'm saying, does that make sense to you? I guess it doesn't make sense to him."
No word yet on Hall's future within the organization.
That said, an 0-2 start to your mixed martial arts (MMA) career on the grandest stage of all, which came after a strong 7-2 run on the regional circuit, is not a compelling case to stick around. It also marks the second time he's faced such criticism, the first coming on the heels of his disappointing loss to Gastelum.
He can always go back to emulating Tekken moves in his kitchen, but that's not going to pay the bills.
The sooner that "makes sense" for Hall, the better.