Growing up in Queens, N.Y., UFC middleweight Uriah Hall seemed to hardly resemble the man now seen knocking people out inside the Octagon. Having immigrated from Jamaica as a teen, Hall says he was a popular target for neighborhood bullies hellbent on doling out daily beatings. Speaking at a UFC media luncheon promoting Black History Month, Hall says the bullying reached a point where he even considered taking his own life. via FOX Sports:
"The bullying just got to a point where it's like, I gotta wake up tomorrow and look forward to this again? I don't want to deal with this s**t. I just didn't want to do it anymore, man.
"I don't know how I was gonna do it, but I didn't want to go to school."
After one exceptional instance of being assaulted on his school bus, Hall says he nearly resulted to deadly force in an attempt to retaliate.
"I got off the bus and I was about to kill this guy," Hall said. "I was going to get a gun, get a knife and stab this dude."
According to Hall, the traumatic experiences very much affected not only his personal outlook on life, but his fighting style. Saying he favors well executed technique over knockout power, Hall credits his turnaround to training karate at Tiger Schulmann's in high school. Now enjoying a promising career, it's good to see those days are well behind him.
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Anderson Silva MTC (@Silva_MTC) February 25, 2014
2 clear the air the rumors these reporters are writting about me having a 180 day suspension are false, i have a 20 day suspension. im fine!— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) February 25, 2014
And there is no ankle injury at all— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) February 25, 2014
Not so fast.
Not a fan of beardless Josh Barnett.
Hmmm I think I need to find some bigger people to train with. These are just way to small.... http://t.co/3ZuUbj685k— michael (@bisping) February 25, 2014
Vitor's new haircut.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise... http://t.co/dt0YxPM03n— Vitor Belfort (@vitorbelfort) February 25, 2014
Yoga on The beach!! Yoga na praia! http://t.co/zA1qufhzgb— Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) February 26, 2014
Ronda at +150?
I wonder if Cris Cyborg & Ronda Rousey fought, who would have the favor in the betting odds? hmm— Carla Esparza (@CarlaEsparza1) February 25, 2014
Thanks for all the fun fights.
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The strawweights are already battling.
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Announced yesterday (Feb. 25 2014)
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.
It very recently came to light that Gilbert Melendez would be coming back to the UFC after signing an offer sheet with Bellator. I admit that I was very happy to hear this not because I am one of those fans believes the UFC can do no wrong. I was happy to hear this due to the fact that the UFC is where the top MMA talent in the world compete and Melendez no doubt deserves to be competing with the best. In fact, I was happy to see that Melendez was talking with Bellator due to the fact that competition is always a good thing. It forces companies to push themselves to create the best possible product for fans. The best example I can think of is the WWE Attitude Era when they were trying to (and eventually succeeded in) run WCW out of business. Since WWE was able to buy out WCW, they haven't had any serious competition and the product is stale in comparison to what it once was. I realize that the competition is different seeing as how wrestling is scripted, but it does create a scenario where fighters know if they perform well they will get paid, even if they aren't going to get paid by the company they are with. Thus, they want to impress rather than be resigned to getting whatever contract comes from the top (and only) dog if there is no competition.
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