In our second UFC Fight Night 26 main card fight, TUF 17 runner-up Uriah Hall took on John Howard tonight in Boston. Howard would manage the upset in tonight’s fight that largely disappointed.
Howard Edges Hall
John Howard was a heavy underdog in his return to the UFC against Uriah Hall. While Hall would show flashes of his immense potential, Howard kept him from ever putting it all together in his second official UFC fight. Hall is now a surprising 0-2 in the Octagon, while Howard notches his first UFC victory since defeating Daniel Roberts in 2010.
Rd. 1- Boston crowd is clearly in support of their hometown man in Howard. Mario Yamasaki is the referee. Hall with a driving take down to the chagrin of Howard. Howard ties him up and is trying to use butterflies to stand-up as Hall looks to posture up. Hall is patiently landing small shots and lets Howard stand. Legkick by Howard but he eats a punch. Hall is starting to cut loose now in the standup and the speed advantage is evident. Hall eats a glancing left hook but recovers and seizes control in the clinch. Hall drops to a double but Howard defends here. Hall sees a takedown stuffed and Howard drops to one of his own. Howard looks much more powerful than he did at welterweight. Hall separates and lands a knee and a left straight on the exit. Hall throws the wheel kick again and just misses before the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Hall.
Rd. 2- Touch of gloves here. Frontkick to the body by Howard. Fighters exchange legkicks and then Hall launches a series of headkicks. Hall fakes a strike and goes for a takedown but has to back out defend a guillotine. Nice strikes by Hall on the exit. Howard tries a takedown against the cage and Hall fends him off. Body shots by Howard along the cage but Hall answers with knees and takes control of the clinch on the cage. Yamasaki separates them and the fighters touch gloves on the restart. Hall lands a knee but Howard catches the leg. Hall uses a kimura to reverse the takedown and spins to Howard’s back. Impressive speed. Knees to the thigh by Hall as Howard stands. Howard uses a kimura of his own to escape. Nice hook and kick by Howard and then he lands a nice takedown. Hall is landing some strikes of his own off his back and Howard responds in kind. Howard looks to back out but notices Hall setting up an upkick and pauses on his knees before the round ends, even winks at Uriah as the horn sounds. MMAFrenzy has it 19-19 now.
Rd. 3- Touch of gloves again. Hall just misses a spinning back kick. Big knee by Hall counters a hook by Howard. Another counter knee and legkick by Hall. Hall looks for a take down and then clinches on the cage instead. Bit of chatter between the fighters on the cage. Small shots by Howard and Hall landing knees here before Yamasaki separates them. Touch of gloves. Hall with another powerful knee but gets taken down. Howard is just holding on as Hall works up. Knees to the thigh by Howard. Howard gets reversed and Hall with a take down. Hall with knees to the thighs before they separate. Howard pumps up the crowd with short time. Hall tries a front flip kick that connects glancingly and Howard dives into a big punch as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Hall but it is anyone’s fight. (29-28)
John Howard def. Uriah Hall via split decision (30-27,28-29,29-28)
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