A middleweight match-up between The Ultimate Fighter 17 finalist Uriah Hall (10-4) and Rafael Natal (19-6-1) has been added to the UFC 187: Jones vs. Johnson fight card. UFC officials announced the bout on Thursday.
Hall may have entered the TUF 17 finale with more anticipation and more expectation than any other fighter in the reality series’ history, but his UFC career got off to a rocky start. After losing Kelvin Gastelum in the tournament finals, Hall lost his next fight to John Howard.
After the disappointing start, Hall has strung together a three-fight winning streak and hopes to extend it to four when he faces Natal on May 23.
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Natal is a 12-fight UFC veteran who made his promotional debut in September 2010. He’s seen his ups and downs, but isn’t an easy fight for anyone in the division. He’ll enter the cage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena against Hall riding a two-fight winning streak.
UFC 187 features two world title fights with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defending his title against top contender Anthony Johnson in the main event while middleweight kingpin Chris Weidman puts his belt on the line against former 205-pound titleholder Vitor Belfort in the co-main event.