The victory didn't come quickly, but the finish was still impressive.
Uriah Hall took one step closer to winning the six-figure UFC contract with a TKO stoppage of Dylan Andrews in the semifinals of The Ultimate Fighter tournament.
For the majority of the fight, Hall was content to take his time and use his reach advantage to pick Andrews apart. He effectively used his jab to batter Andrews' face. By the end of the fight, Andrews' right eye was swollen shut, his nose was broken and he had to be taken to the hospital.
Hall will next take on fellow teammate and season dark horse Kelvin Gastelum at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13. A win for Hall is far from a certainty, but his strength, speed and power definitely make him a heavy favorite.
And while Hall is careful not to look too far into the future, it's difficult for a fight fan not to get excited about the many possible matchups for his early UFC career.
The middleweight division may be stacked, but there's no reason to throw Hall to the wolves in his first official fight with the promotion. As such, these opponents were chosen for how their style matches up with Hall's. They are all strikers who are not afraid to engage on the feet and get into a good scrap.
All of these matches have the potential for Knockout of the Night or Fight of the Night honors.