Round 1: Hall lands a flying knee right out of the gate that drops Leben. Leben gets back to his feet and presses forward. Hall lands a right hand. Hall circles on the outside. He jumps in with a knee that partially lands. Leben presses forward. Hall using his jab to keep Leben on the outside. Leben chases Hall. Hall’s hands are low. Leben clinches. Hall lands a knee to the body and they separate. Hall moves in with a knee to the body and circles away. He lands a front kick to the body. Hall shuffles his feet. Hall continues to land his jab. Leben lands an inside leg kick. Hall answers with a knee to the body. Hall just misses with a spinning wheel kick. Leben moves forward. Hall drops him with a right hand. Hall follows up with more punches but Leben is saved by the bell. Leben quit on his stool after the round after asking his corner if he was knocked out.
The official call was 5:00 of the opening round. Hall wins by technical knockout.
“I really wanted to go out there and finish the year in style so that result was disappointing. I didn’t expect that type of ending but all things considered I felt good out there. It was a relief to get my first win in the UFC and for me fighting is a scary experience so it’s about going out there and overcoming that fear. I enjoy this but I have a different mindset then most fighters do. I’m a martial artist, not a fighter.”