Dana White says criticism ‘lit a fire’ for Uriah Hall

Aug 16, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Uriah Hall poses during the weigh-in for his UFC fight at TD Garden tomorrow night. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

UFC middleweight Uriah Hall looked poised to be a star after his standout performance on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter, but since he has failed to live up to expectations since he began his career inside of the octagon.

Because of his less than impressive performances, UFC president Dana White has been very critical of Hall. It may have hurt Hal to hear the criticism, but it is something that he needed and it looks like the extra motivation is going to pay off.

“[I've been] very critical [of Hall],” said White at a recent press conference. “He sent me a text and said, ‘I appreciate what you said, it lit a fire under me.’ I said, ‘It better.’

“[We didn't talk beyond that brief text message]. What else do you say to the guy? I care about the kid, I like him. He’s one of the nicest human beings you could ever meet, therein lies the problem. It really is part of the problem. He has no killer instinct, whatsoever.”

Hall is currently set to face off at the UFC’s year-end show against Chris Leben at UFC 168.

With a loss, Hall will likely receive his walking papers, so it is more important than ever for Hall to get back in to top shape and flash the excellent striking skills that landed him so much attention during his time in the house.

Topics: Dana White, UFC, UFC 168, Uriah Hall

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