Coming off his loss in the TUF 17 finals, Middleweight Uriah Hall (7-3) made his return to the Octagon against John Howard (20-8) at UFC Fight Night Shogun vs. Sonnen in Boston. After three rounds in an unspectacular fight, Howard came out on top with a split decision victory.
In contrast to his hype as a KO artist, Hall opened the fight with a takedown. He didn't do a lot of damage on the ground before Howard was able to get up. Most of the first round action came in the clinch, with Hall landing more significant strikes. Despite, Uriah's highlight reel the slow pace shouldn't have been surprising as he won the first round in unspectacular fashion.
Hall backed Howard up with kicks early in round two before closing the distance with a takedown attempt. Howard managed to defend and responded with a clinch of his own. Referee Mario Yamasaki separated the fighters for inactivity. A knee from Hall was caught by Howard. "Doomsday" wasn't able secure the takedown before Hall took his back standing. Howard escaped and got off a combo before reclaiming the clinch and scoring a takedown before the end of the round.
Neither fighter looked comfortable committing to strikes at range early in the third round. Uriah tossed out a wheel kick, but he was too far out to land it. He went for a takedown attempt, but Howard defended until they were separated by the ref. Once they reengaged, Howard went for a takedown attempt of his own. He didn't get a lot of strikes off, but controlled Hall before being put on the defensive. This fight has been not good. They high five after separating for some reason. Hall jumps in for a somersault kick that missed and Howard dove in with a right hand to take mount as the final bell rang.
John Howard upset Uriah HalL with a split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29).