Mousasi could have finished it all in the opening round
When Uriah Hall replaced the injured Roan Carneiro in the middleweight co-main event for UFC Fight Night Japan, most experts considered him an underdog compared to his opponent, Gegard Mousasi. Before September 27 Mousasi had two fights in the year 2015, against Dan Henderson and Costas Philippou, and won both of them, via punches TKO and unanimous decision respectively. Halls this year record was 2-1 with TKO wins over Ron Stallings and Oluwale Bamgbose and a split decision loss to Rafael Natal.
Mousasi made a good start with a takedown executed only fifteen seconds into the opening round. Hall was beaten on the ground as Mousasi full mounted him twice and performed a rear naked choke in the very end of the round. Actually Uriah Hall has to thank the horn for not losing it in the first five-minute.
Mousasi didn’t want to fight in the stand up and the second round clearly showed why. In the very start Hall caught the “Dreamcatcher” with a sudden and stunning spinning back kick to the face rocking him hard. Then a flying knee landed on Mousasi’s chin and knocked him down barely conscious. As barrage of punches was pouring down on Mousasi, the referee Greg Kleynjans didn’t hurry for the stoppage and gave the Dutchman plenty of time to fight back. Finally he had to intervene, as Mousasi couldn’t resist Hall’s non-stop punishment.
The win over Mousasi is actually Uriah “Primetime” Hall’s biggest victory in his MMA career. For Gegard Mousasi it was not an ordinary outcome too – this was the first time the Dutchman was stopped by strikes.