(Who’s got two shaka brahs and a trip to the emergency room scheduled for this weekend? THIS GUY!)
When the UFC made it’s long-awaited return to Boston in August of 2013, it booked TUF 17 runner-up Uriah Hall against Nick Ring in a pivotal middleweight matchup. Ring pulled out almost immediately (there’s probably a joke to be made there) due to injury, and was replaced by fellow TUF 17 alum Josh Samman. Less than a month out from their fight, Samman was forced out of the bout and replaced by John Howard, who went on to defeat Hall via split decision.
And unfortunately, the second time around seems like more of the same for Hall. Minus that whole “losing by split decision” thing. Probably.
Hall was originally scheduled to face Costa Philippou on the main card of this weekend’s Fight Night 59 — that was, until Philippou pulled out of the bout on New Year’s Day with a rib injury. Hall was then paired against the 11-3 Louis “Handgunz” Taylor in what promised to be a fight that would be broadcast on television, but wouldn’t you know it, Taylor has now pulled out of the bout with a back injury. The UFC was not pleased with this development.
But you’re probably wondering: Did the UFC manage to scrounge up some poor sap to face Hall on a week’s notice? And does this poor sap’s nickname make me yearn for the days of Louis “Handgunz” Taylor? Those answers are after the jump!