Watch the incredible knockout finish for Hall over Mousasi right here -- HIGHLIGHTS!
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight contenders Uriah Hall and Gegard Mousasi scrapped last night (Sept. 26, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 75 inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Thus far in his UFC career, Mousasi has faltered on his two most high-profile fights. He was in the process of earning a third opportunity last night, but he had to get past "Primetime" to do so.
Hall has some ugly losses on his UFC record, but none of that mattered heading into his bout with Mousasi. If Hall could upset the grizzled veteran, the knockout artist would finally have lived up to his potential and deserve a position in the rankings.
It's safe to say Hall did just that.
Mousasi made his intentions clear quickly, pressuring Hall and turning a caught kick into a takedown. From the top, Mousasi did a very nice job picking his shots and slamming home accurate power punches.
Mousasi was also quite active in hunting for submissions and trying to pass guard. Though he did move through Hall's guard a few times, Hall did a nice job recovering guard. In fact, he even threatened Mousasi with a nice kimura and armbar threat, but "The Armenian Assassin" stayed calm and defended well.
Afterward, Mousasi capped off a dominant round by moving into back mount and threatening with the choke.
However, things can change very quickly in mixed martial arts (MMA).
Hall started the round with a jumping spinning back kick that landed flush on Mousasi's chin. As he stumbled and tried to recover, Hall ran at him and landed clean with a flying knee that Mousasi leaned into.
Despite all this abuse, Mousasi was still conscious. However, he could no longer defend himself, as Hall's flurry eventually forced the referee to stop the bout.
This was so far and away the biggest win of Hall's career that it was ridiculous. Hall did not live up to his potential, he passed that mark miles ago. With this win, Hall has undoubtedly earned a position inside the top 10.
Whether he can maintain that spot? We'll see.
Nonetheless, Hall managed to pull off a truly major upset. He was outmatched pretty badly, but he managed to make something happen and secure a knockout win over a man who has never been finished via strikes.
After this win, Hall deserves another top 10 fighter. In all likelihood, he'll square off with the winner of Michael Bisping vs Brad Tavares, as that would be an excellent match up of striker.
Mousasi has to be devastated. He utterly dominated the first round, tooling Hall on the ground and landing some nasty ground strikes. Then, he walks out and gets clipped by an insane jumping spinning back kick.
There was no technical error by Mousasi here. Hall is an explosive and powerful striker, and Mousasi dipped into one of his best strikes. Sometimes, that's all there is to it.
There's nothing Mousasi can do but shake it off and move on. He's still relatively young and incredibly talented, so Mousasi just needs to get back into the cage as soon as he's medically cleared. He's still a top 10 fighter, and an eventual rematch with Hall is not far from his reach.
Last night, Uriah Hall shocked the world by knocking out Gegard Mousasi. Can Hall make his way into the title picture?
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