Longtime UFC middleweight contender Uriah Hall has announced he will be retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts.
Hall was a two-time Ring of Combat middleweight champion. He first burst onto the scene on Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter. On the show, he recorded three knockouts, including a notable and much-replayed spinning hook kick KO of Adam Cella.
Hall followed that up with 19 appearances under the UFC banner, although he has now ended his career at the age of 38.
“It is with great sadness that I will be leaving the greatest sport in the world. I will miss the incredible UFC staff who have become like family and the mentors I have met along the way,” Hall wrote, “The UFC has given me the best opportunity to completely step out of my comfort zone. Over the years I have faced some of the best in the world at the highest level. Although I didn’t reach the rank of world champion, some of my greatest accomplishments in mixed martial arts have been facing my fears and being a champion in life.
“I want to thank the amazing fans, you made the sport what it is today. It’s important to have the right people around you who take care of you and encourage you to be a better version of yourself. I want to thank my team my coaches my friends and family always by my side. You have all been the driving force that has encouraged me on a daily basis, “continued Hall. “Finally, I want to specifically thank Dana White for giving me the opportunity to collide with modern gladiators. Thank you for always supporting me through the good and the bad… For the next generation, you are the top 1% of the greatest athletes on the planet. It will be fun to see where you all take this sport from here. I will look! Go ahead”
Although the fighter never rose to stardom, some predicted he would early in his career, sharing the octagon with the best of the best.
The move comes after losses to Sean Strickland and rising contender André Muniz.