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Uriah Hall vs Derek Brunson: The Awesome Rivalry No One Is Talking About

Why the hell has no one been talking about this fight?! Could it be because of the legions of UFC events that we’ve been bombarded with for the last month or so? Is it because both these men aren’t household names? The truth is that it’s anyone’s guess. There’s no way that this fight won’t be intriguing to watch, particularly due to all the trash talk both men are throwing out at each other. Uriah Hall and Derek Brunson certainly have no love lost between each other and really, isn’t that what you want out of a fight?

Uriah Hall is quite the enigma. Though he has all the tools and athleticism to make him a champion, he’s often found it hard to find his groove inside the octagon. When he’s light on his feet and using lateral movement he’s an absolute destroyer. When he’s loading up on his strikes and looking to kill, he can be predictable and very beatable. If he hopes to conquer his rival in this bout then he’ll have to utilize his superb movement and look to establish his jab. Falling into a pattern simply isn’t an option in this fight as doing so will mean being taken down by Brunson who is the superior wrestler. If hall can utilize his jab, use feints to get Brunson backing up, then landing one of his patented kicks then we could be in for an interesting fight.

Which is exactly what Derek Brunson should avoid.

Let’s put it this way: the more exciting this fight is, the worst it’s going to be for Brunson. Uriah Hall can create chaos with one well placed strike and Brunson needs to be cognizant of that. Brunson’s wrestling will rule the day, but he’ll still need to use his striking to make things happen in this bout. He has long arms and knows how to set up his punches well. Though he isn’t a polished striker by any means, his length coupled with his explosive speed can certainly make things difficult for Hall who sometimes drops his guard. Derek Brunson needs to utilize his long range striking to get Hall into a groove then immediately look to take things to the mat where he can potentially grind out a victory through positioning and steady ground and pound.

While many may be giving Derek Brunson the advantage in this bout, due purely to his wrestling pedigree, Uriah Hall is a man who is always dangerous while the fight lasts. Look for Uriah Hall to give us another alarming and exciting victory with a unanimous decision win.

Who do you think wins this Saturday?


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