Never, ever count out Uriah Hall.
On Saturday, the mercurial striker was headed to what would have been his fifth loss in six fights as he was being badly outworked by Octagon newcomer Bevon Lewis in their middleweight bout at UFC 232 in Inglewood, Calif.
But around 90 seconds into the the final frame, Hall unleashed an exquisitely timed counter-right punch that instantly robbed Lewis of his senses.
It was the 10th knockout win for Hall (14-9), who has developed a reputation for mixing underwhelming performances with flashes of greatness. His win on Saturday was a clear example of the latter.
Lewis (6-1) suffered the first loss of his pro MMA career. The 27-year-old Jackson-Wink MMA product signed a developmental deal with the UFC after a win on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in August of last year and won two more fights before making his UFC debut.
Post-fight, Hall dedicated his performance to his sister, who is battling depression.