Uriah Hall Draws Joe Riggs at UFC Fight Night Nashville

July 3, 2015

Uriah Hall will meet Joe Riggs in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville. UFC officials announced the bout on Friday. It will take place on Aug. 8 at Bridgestone Arena.

Entering the Octagon via the seventeenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Hall (10-5) was widely regarded as “the next big thing.” Those expectations took a major blow when he lost the TUF 17 Finale to Kelvin Gastelum and his next fight to John Howard.

Joe Riggs 084 UFC 52-750x370Hall rebounded by winning his next three fights, but stumbled again his last time out when he lost a split decision to Rafael Natal at UFC 187.

To say that Riggs’ (40-16, 1 NC) return to the UFC has been a rough one would be an understatement. Initially planning to return in September of 2014, Riggs suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound that sidelined him for several weeks.

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He finally got back in the Octagon in December, but lost to Ben Saunders. Riggs followed that with a loss to Patrick Cote in April. So he’s desperate to get a victory over Hall, otherwise, he may be looking at another pink slip.

Hall and Riggs will fight as part of UFC Fight Night 73, in support of a light heavyweight main event pitting Glover Teixeira vs. Ovince St. Preux.

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