Uriah Hall offered one of the best highlights of the recently-concluded UFC 232 held at The Forum in Inglewood, California, Saturday night.
The Jamaican-American mixed martial artist flirted with disaster before pulling off a vicious one-punch knockout on newcomer Bevon Lewis in the third fight of the early preliminaries. Hall, who was fresh from absorbing a technical knockout loss at the expense of Paulo Costa, recovered from a sluggish start and capped off the fight with a stellar finish to overcome yet another underwhelming performance.
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Uriah Hall has dropped four of his last five fights, with the most recent defeat coming from “The Eraser” at UFC 226. Meanwhile, his last win dated last year when he finished Krzysztof Jotko in UFC Fight Night to earn the Performance of the Night honours.
The 34-year old middleweight was on the brink of absorbing a shocker but he came back just in time to avoid yet another painful losing streak. Lewis, who is a product of Jackson-wink MMA, was impressive from the get-go but his inexperience played a huge factor as he failed to close out the match.
Instead, it was “The Prime Time” who managed to pull on his bag of tricks in the final round. Hall landed a killer right-hand punch in the third, which sent Lewis in the mat motionless. Watch Hall’s one-punch knockout of Lewis in the video below:
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An emotional Hall spoke in the post-fight Octagon interview, where he admitted that he almost lost the fight. He also paid tribute and dedicated his recent victory to her sister, who is currently waging a battle against depression.
” I’m not gonna lie. I almost ran down. But to be honest, I wasn’t fighting for me tonight. I was fighting for my sister. She is battling depression and it’s been a rough time for her. She is such an incredible human being.”
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The win gave the Jamaican-American his 10th knockout in his career while Lewis ended his professional debut in a losing note but still managed to show the middleweight division what he has to offer.
Here are the full results of the UFC 232 fight card (courtesy of MMA Junkie):
Jon Jones def. Alexander Gustafsson via TKO (punches) – Round 3
Amanda Nunes def. Cris Cyborg via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:51
Michael Chiesa def. Carlos Condit via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 0:56
Corey Anderson def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alex Volkanovski def. Chad Mendes via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:14
Walt Harris def. Andrei Arlovski via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Megan Anderson def. Cat Zingano via TKO (eye injury) – Round 1, 1:01
Petr Yan def. Douglas Silva de Andrade via TKO (corner stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
Ryan Hall def. B.J. Penn via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 2:46
Nathaniel Wood def. Andre Ewell via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:12
Uriah Hall def. Bevon Lewis via knockout (punch) – Round 3, 1:32
Curtis Millender def. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Montel Jackson def. Brian Kelleher via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 1:40
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