Hall took the advantage early on and battered Phelia before ultimately finishing him off in the third round.
“I felt it should have been a stoppage, and felt bad after beating (Phelia) so much in the first round, so I slowed down to save some energy to finish him later on,” said Hall. “After getting taken down and escaping a couple submissions in the second round, I decided to close it out in the third.”
For Hall, getting the win in Bellator on one of its biggest shows ever was a major step forward in his career.
“Honestly, it felt great to come to Bellator and get the victory over Cortez,” Hall told MMAWeekly.com. “Coming in and not knowing too much about him, I wanted to make sure I put on a show for the fans.
“I know how big the pay-per-view card was, and picking up that victory in that atmosphere was kind of overwhelming, but it was a great feeling.”
The win helped position Hall (6-2) to secure his first main event, this Friday in Tunica, Miss., at Legacy FC 34 against Brazilian standout Pedro Souza (13-0).
“I’ve been doing this for seven years now and I’m at the peak of my performance, so I think it’s time for me to take on the best guys,” said Hall. “I’m ready to move on to bigger and better things with Legacy. I think once they see me, they’re going to be very excited that they put me in the main event against Pedro.
“I don’t see a threat from Pedro. I don’t see him doing anything that I haven’t been through before. He’s not going to be ready for what I have to offer.”
For Hall, a win at Legacy will further the track he’s put himself on towards the best opportunities available.
“It’s going to be the same that it’s always been; it’s going to be bigger and better things,” he said. “I’ve been fighting for all these shows and every time I put on a performance, they seem to enjoy the show I put on.
“I come in and put a spark on. They want to see the finishes and that’s what I’m going to do.”