UFC Fight Night 26: John Howard says Uriah Hall is ‘overrated,’ TUF contestants are 'not legit UFC fighters'

Pictured: Uriah Hall - USA TODAY Sports

John Howard isn’t impressed with Uriah Hall’s track record, saying he hasn’t defeated anybody “legit” and says, while his flashy moves are impressive, he is a bit “overrated.”

It's amazing what "flashy" moves like this one and this one can do for your mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

Just ask Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 17 runner up Uriah Hall, who burst into the spotlight following his spectacular spinning wheel kick knockout (KO) of Adam Cella in the first round of their quarterfinal fight, causing his TUF coach Chael Sonnen to say he might be able to challenge former pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva.

Hall went on to earn a spot in the The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale against Kelvin Gastelum with wins over Andy Enz, the aforementioned Cella, Bubba McDaniel and Dylan Andrews. But, according to his UFC Fight Night 26 opponent, John Howard, wins over names like that aren't anything to drool over because TUF contests aren't "legit fighters."

Quite frankly, Hall is simply "overrated," as "Doomsday" recently expressed to WAAF 97.7/107.3 FM Boston's Rock Station:

"Fighting Uriah Hall, I think he's good. A little overrated. He knocked out some guys with some flashy stuff. That's good, it's impressive, but my thing is who did he fight? He fought Ultimate Fighter fighters. What people have to understand is these guys are not legit UFC fighters, they're guys who are trying to be a UFC fighter. Lets switch sides, let me be Uriah Hall, put me in the house. What do you think would happen? Not only do I have knockouts in the UFC I have knockouts throughout my career. I have more knockouts than him. And the people I knocked out were more creditable."

"Prime Time" went on to lose in the finals to Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision. Prior to his run in the TUF house and in Ring of Combat, Hall also suffered a two-fight losing streak to current UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Constantinos Philippou.

Howard, meanwhile, has gone on a tear since being released by UFC two years ago, winning six of his last seven fights on the regional circuit.

"Doomsday" will find out firsthand if his overrated comment rings true when the two scrappy 185 pounder's lock horns at the TD Garden in Boston. Mass., on Aug, 17, 2013.

Does he have a point?

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