Originally, Robert Whittaker was supposed to face Michael Bisping on the main card of UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. An injury to Bisping meant a late call-up for Uriah Hall, coming off a stunning KO over Gegard Mousasi less than two months ago in Japan. Hall was looking for his 3rd straight win to close out 2015, while Whittaker was seeking a 3-0 start in middleweight.
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Whittaker came out aggressively but landed nothing of significance on Uriah. A big right hand by Whittaker stunned Hall but Whittaker didn't follow-up. Hall later tried a wild, whirling 360 kick that didn't connect and he ended up on his back with Whittaker working from the top. He advanced to mount but was bucked off and ended up standing. Whittaker then returned to side control and was able to get Uriah's back. After trying to set up a rear-naked choke, Whittaker wound up on the bottom when Hall spun his way to top position.
A moment of controversy occurred in round 2 when Hall appeared to suffered an eye-poke, but replays showed he was punched and no stoppage should've been issued. Whittaker was able to win the 2nd round mostly by throwing more than Hall, who wasn't throwing much. Uriah did get a head kick to land but Whittaker shook it off.
They both came out swinging in the 3rd. Uriah was hurt with a glancing blow, again looking as if he'd been poked in the eye, and Whittaker was looking for the finish. A head kick and a flying knee backed Whittaker up. Hall's burst of aggression had Whittaker on the defensive but Robert weathered the storm. Fun back-and-forth exchanges ensued, but Whittaker deservedly came out on top with his more effective and accurate striking.
Official result: Robert Whittaker def. Uriah hall via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)