Why not ride the hot hand?
Fresh off the biggest win of his career, Uriah Hall will step in to replace Michael Bisping and face Robert Whittaker at UFC 193 on Nov. 15 in Melbourne, Australia, the UFC announced Wednesday night on Twitter. It was announced earlier Wednesday that Bisping has an elbow injury and had to pull out of the fight.
Hall (12-5) pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year in incredible fashion Saturday night when he knocked out Gegard Mousasi in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson in Japan. Hall landed a spinning back kick to Mousasi's face and then followed up with a flying knee. He then finished with punches on the ground. Mousasi, one of the best middleweights in the world, had never been finished due to strikes in his long career.
Hall, 31, has now won five of his last six fights and might be fulfilling that potential that was plain to see during his run to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 17. The New York native finished Oluwale Bambgose via first-round TKO in August.
In Whittaker (14-4), he'll be facing a fellow excellent, athletic striker. The New Zealand native has won three in a row and is coming off a 44-second knockout of Brad Tavares in May. Whittaker, still just 24, has put together a very solid 5-2 record in the UFC and has the makings of a potential future star.
UFC 193 is headlined by a women's bantamweight title fight between champion Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm. In the co-main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend her women's strawweight title against Valerie Letourneau. The UFC is hoping to break its all-time attendance record at Etihad Stadium with close to 75,000 people. This is the promotion's debut card in Melbourne.