Uriah Hall and the 10 Nastiest Fighters in TUF History
Uriah Hall is the most devastating striker in the history of The Ultimate Fighter reality series.
Devastating knockouts have become Hall's forte, and none was better than his knockout on Adam Cella in his first bout of the season.
So when a discussion arises about the nastiest fighters in UFC history, Hall's name will be mentioned. But is he the nastiest in the history of the UFC's reality show?
The nastiest fighters in the house built a reputation by dominating fights, throwing flashy strikes, putting fear in their opponents and presenting some of the best skills in the tournament. Here's where Hall ranks among the nastiest fighters in the history of TUF.
Honorable Mention: Mac Danzig
The talent pool on Season 6 was abominable.
From make-believe tough guys like Jon Koppenhaver and Jared Rollins to a one-dimensional finalist in Tommy Speer, the season was dreadful. A few gems emerged from the pack, though. Mac Danzig was one of them.
Throughout the entire season, everyone knew Danzig was destined to win the show. He talked the talk, and when he got in the Octagon, he walked the walk, with his talent dominating every foe.
Danzig submitted every opponent he faced in the house and submitted Speer after dominating him in the finale.
10. Forrest Griffin
You have to love Forrest Griffin.
People tend to love crazy, and there have been very few fighters that have participated in the reality show that rival Griffin's unpredictable demeanor. Eh, at least he didn't cry and shout "Let me bang, bro."
Instead, Griffin bounced around like a monkey in the house, dominated the challenges and won fights.
His style might not be the prettiest, but he almost always went out and dirtied up the Octagon with his blood. It's that type of heart and effort that led to him becoming the first Ultimate Fighter winner (along with Diego Sanchez).
9. Tony Ferguson
Tony Ferguson was a knockout ace on the 13th season.
Ferguson knocked out every opponent he faced, including Ramsey Nijem in the finals. The knockouts were great and all, but what made him truly special was the way he pushed forward in fights.
Like a true aggressor would, Ferguson bit down on his mouthpiece and moved forward with haymakers. There wasn't much setup to Ferguson's game. Ferguson welcomed a striking match, which is sometimes rare in TUF because of the tournament format.
He didn't hide the fact that his intentions were to subdue his opponent with strikes, and he was going to swing for the fences when that cage door closed.
8. Ross Pearson
It was clear that something was special about Ross Pearson in the eliminations round for TUF: United States vs. United Kingdom.
In his fight against A.J. Wenn to get into the house, Pearson unleashed a combination that showed he had real power in the lightweight division.
Immediately after the fight finished, I remember thinking, "Hey, this guy has something. Watch out for him."
From there, Pearson shot up through the ranks, eliminating one fighter after another with his crisp boxing and submission skills. Pearson eventually defeated his teammate, Andre Winner, in the finals.
7. Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira
Any fans of capoeira kicks out there?
Yes? Of course you are. Well, if you watched TUF: Brazil, then you're likely a fan of Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira.
Though Ferreira had an impressive submission game, his wild kicking techniques dazzled fans and made other fighters aware of how dangerous he was.
Unfortunately for Thiago Perpetuo, he found out the hard way by nearly getting his head kicked off in the semifinals. I do believe the word "nasty" fits well as an adjective for the kick embedded in this slide.
6. Matt Mitrione
You can't fake crazy, can you?
Don't tell Matt Mitrione that, because he's either out of his mind or a brilliant actor. If you watched the 10th season with no previous knowledge of Mitrione, your first initial response would be, "Wow, this guy is a headcase."
As the season progressed, those same people might start thinking, "Hmm, this guy isn't right upstairs, but man, he can fight." Mitrione started talking about voices he heard in his head and slugged it out with Scott Junk and James McSweeney. Is this where the WWE got Randy Orton's latest gimmick?
Mitrione lost by submission to McSweeney, but he knocked out Marcus Jones in the second round of the finale. Headcase or not, Mitrione is either one of the craziest fighters in TUF history or he played the game extremely well. You be the judge.
5. Matt Brown
Matt Brown was the Stone Cold Steve Austin of Season 7.
If you crossed him or messed with his dip, he was going to open up a can of whoop-ass. No ifs, ands or buts about it. At least that's the way he was portrayed.
The fighters in the house made him out to be the best fighter in the house, and looking back today after his recent success in the UFC, he undoubtedly was.
However, he never fully put it together to win the show ("Maaaaattt, show me the animal!"). The fact that the other fighters were still timid around him makes him one bad dude.
4. Nate Diaz
Represent. Yeah, 209 is in this now.
Nate Diaz posed as a tough guy both in the competition and in the house. Nothing less was expected. From writing 209 on the walls to almost getting into a fight with Karo Parisyan, Diaz acted like a typical Diaz.
Inside the Octagon, though, he was nearly untouchable. On one of the most talented seasons ever, Diaz defeated Corey Hill, Gray Maynard and Manny Gamburyan to become the Ultimate Fighter.
The jiu-jitsu skills of Diaz made him the most feared man in the house.
3. John Dodson
From one stacked TUF season to the next, John Dodson had to beat a tremendous group of guys to win Season 14.
He won it with quickness. The most dangerous strikes in a fight are the ones you can't see, and T.J. Dillashaw, Johnny Bedford and Brandon Merkt never saw their knockout coming.
When you think of nasty, Dodson doesn't immediately come to mind, but think about his performances on the season. Because of Dodson's explosive ability, he was able to run through the bracket in dominant fashion.
Dodson worked his "magic" in the cage to become the Season 14 Ultimate Fighter, and he did so by producing some of the best knockouts in TUF history.
2. Diego Brandao
Hall tops Diego Brandao as the nastiest fighter in TUF history.
Before Hall came onto the scene, Brandao produced the same enigma in his TUF fights during his stint on the 14th season. After listing his strengths, his coach, Michael Bisping, even said, "Listen, I'd be scared of the guy."
Like his favorite fighter, Wanderlei Silva, Brandao would put the pressure on his opponents with ruthless aggression.
That aggressive style led to him viciously knocking out his opposition. However, there's a new king when it comes to the nastiest fighter in TUF history...
1. Uriah Hall
Fear. That's the emotion that came over every person that watched a Uriah Hall fight live in the TUF gym.
Dana White said it best when he said people almost feel bad to clap when he knocks people out. It really is that scary.
Hall's spinning wheel kick is not only the greatest knockout in TUF history, but it's also one of the greatest knockouts in the history of combat sports.
He followed up that devastation with an incredible knockout over Bubba McDaniel in the first round. After his knockout against Hall, the room was silent while medics tended to McDaniel. Hall is the scariest, most athletically gifted and downright nastiest competitor to ever fight in The Ultimate Fighter.