There hasn’t been a competitor to come off the Ultimate Fighter franchise with the pressure TUF 17 finalist Uriah Hall likely feels at the moment. In addition to looking exceptional en route to his spot as one of the final two men standing, Hall has been labeled by UFC President Dana White as the best fighter to ever come off the show and Chael Sonnen has stated he feels Hall can already beat any 185er on the UFC’s roster.
However, Hall hasn’t let the praise get to his head. In fact, he recently told MMAJunkie he isn’t approaching life any differently than he did before…
“I think I’m the same guy. The only difference is I’m on TV. I just started this to see how far I can take it. I didn’t sign up for all the fame and publicity – I really didn’t. As long as I’m breathing, I’ll be doing this. Absolutely (I feel the pressure). But I don’t look at it like that. I think a lot of people are looking at me as the guy to beat. I don’t feed into that. I go into the room by myself. I don’t think have anything to prove to anybody. I did this alone. I have no one’s expectations to live up to but myself.”
The cool thing I’ve been hearing is I’m like a video game character (when I fight). But I know myself and my friends know who I am. So that’s what’s really important.”
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