Coach Believes Uriah Hall Has Improved Enough To Beat Israel Adesanya
UFC middleweight Uriah Hall has won back-to-back fights against Bevon Lewis and Antonio Carlos Junior and now he is looking to face Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza at UFC 249 on May 9th. ‘Prime Time’ is known for his exciting karate style, which has given him a partial success inside the Octagon so far (8-7).
Speaking to MMA Junkie, his coach Sayif Saud said we haven’t seen the best of Hall yet.
“People could say whatever they want about Uriah. He’s had an up-and-down career, [but] look at the guys he’s fought. He has fought all of the toughest dudes. Whittaker, Costa, Weidman back in the day – I mean, he’s fought everybody. Mousasi twice. That dude (Hall) has fought some tough competition, so he’s used to fighting the guys at that level.”
“But now he’s had this resurgence, and he’s focused. He’s training his ass off, he’s at the gym constantly, staying at the gym, and I feel like he’s ready, man. He’s mature, and he physically continues to improve in an unbelievable pace because of coach Mike Scaccia, all the strength work and everything else. It’s like physically, the guy is the fastest I’ve ever seen him, the strongest I’ve ever seen him, because he’s dedicated so much time to it.”
Saud believes Hall has improved so much recently that he now has what it takes to beat the UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya.
“I just feel like he could do it, and I think he can beat Israel. I think he’s got way better hands than Israel does, and I think Uriah is dangerous on the feet, but that’s not taking anything away from Israel. Israel is the champ, and he’s the man, and he’s awesome.
“He had a real close fight with Kelvin [Gastelum], which Uriah had a real close fight with Kelvin back in the day, too, so all those guys at middleweight are super dangerous, and I think Uriah could do it. I think because of his speed, his physicality and how he continues to improve all of his already impressive abilities, he’s dangerous.”
Do you think Uriah Hall has improved enough to beat Israel Adesanya?