Dana White Feels Urijah Hall Cracked Under Pressure
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
UFC President Dana White spoke with FUEL TV_s Heidi Androl following The Ultimate Fighter 17 finale and discussed the outcome of the shows final which seen Kelvin Gastelum upset Urijah Hall with a split decision victory.
Hall had a lot of hype surrounding him, some fans calling for the middleweight to challenge for the UFC Middleweight title after he ran through Gastelum, but the underdog who was picked last had other plans.
White gave his comments on the decision:
"The kid deserved the hype," said White. "The question becomes, can you handle the pressure? And what it looked like to me was... on the show when he came out he was a killer, trying to take everybody out. And tonight he looked like he folded under the pressure, like he didn_t even want to be in there.
"He didn_t even wake up until the second round… you saw hints, little pieces of Uriah Hall tonight, but that is about it.
"And Kelvin came out ready to take him out."
"The one thing that you never know, you can have a guy who is incredibly talented, but what_s going to happen to him when he gets into that pressure cooker, that one moment where is all matters? That_s where guys who become world champions shine. The Anderson Silvas, and the George St-Pierres, and the list goes on and on - the guys who really don_t fold under the pressure."
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