Article

Hall spin kicks way past Mousasi for victory

Read on for Fight Night Japan co-main event results...
 
Fight fans have been waiting to see middleweight prospect Uriah Hall fulfill his enormous promise. On Saturday at Saitama Super Arena in Japan, they got what they wanted from “Prime Time,” as the former Ultimate Fighter finalist stopped No. 6-ranked Gegard Mousasi in the second round of their UFC Fight Night co-main event.

The TKO loss was the first in Mousasi’s 45-fight career.

More from Fight Night Japan: Full Results | Post-fight bonus recap |Barnett outlasts Nelson in five-round thiller | Hall spin-kicks way to victory over Mousasi | Horiguchi, Mizugaki, Brandao win in Japan | Watch: Uriah Hall’s KO kick against Gegard Mousasi  | Watch: Barnett’s passionate Octagon address to Japanese crowd | Watch: Uriah Hall talks after victory |Gallery: Best sights from Japan

Mousasi went on the attack as soon as the bout began, scoring a takedown and putting his ground game into action. Mousasi quickly moved into side control but Hall escaped immediate trouble - even if he remained on the ground. Mousasi stayed active, briefly attempting an arm triangle, but the game New Yorker stayed just as busy and nearly caught his opponent’s arm. With under 1 minute left Mousasi took Hall’s back and nearly sunk in a rear naked choke, only to run out of time.

Finally able to get the space to fire off his strikes, Hall made the most of that room in round two, jarring Mousasi with a spinning kick and then putting him on the deck with a knee to the head. Mousasi tried to clear his head but Hall was relentless in his follow-up attack, forcing referee Greg Kleynjans to halt the bout 25 seconds into the round.

Hall, who was a late replacement for the injured Roan Carneiro, improves to 13-5. Holland’s Mousasi falls to 37-6-2.

Media

Recent
Watch the Fight Night Winnipeg weigh-in live on Friday, December 15 at 7pm/4pm ETPT.
Dec 14, 2017
Former champion Robbie Lawler attempts to continue his winning streak when he takes on Rafael Dos Anjos in the main event of Fight Night Winnipeg on Saturday free on FOX.
Dec 14, 2017
We caught up with Mike Perry at the media day for Fight Night Winnipeg. He talked about his future in the division, his girlfriend, and pancakes. Perry takes on Santiago Ponzinibbio in main card action Saturday night on FOX.
Dec 14, 2017
Striking phenoms Santiago Ponzinibbio and Mike Perry battle in a thrilling welterweight matchup at Fight Night Winnipeg.
Dec 14, 2017