Uriah Hall Hoping Third Time is a Charm; Josh Samman Out, He Now Faces John Howard

July 18, 2013
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John Howard UFC 94Third time is a charm, or so Uriah Hall hopes.

The Ultimate Fighter 17 runner-up on Wednesday had his second opponent fall out of his scheduled UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen bout slated for Aug. 17 in Boston.

Hall was originally slated to face Nick Ring, but had his opponent switched to Josh Samman when Ring fell off the card due to an issue with his social security number. Samman has now had to withdraw from the fight card due to injury.

UFC officials have now re-signed John “Doomsday” Howard. Howard’s coach Wai Kru John Allan confirmed the bout to the Boston Herald.

Hall (7-3) is the former Ring of Combat middleweight champion, making his way to the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen. A member of Chael Sonnen’s team, Hall was a heavy favorite going into the show’s finale, but lost a split decision to teammate Kevin Gastelum.

Howard (20-8) returns on short notice to make his second run in the promotion. He amassed a 4-3 record during his first tenure, exiting the promotion having lost his final three fights in the Octagon.

Howard is 6-1 since exiting the UFC and has started to build some momentum, winning his last two fights. His only bump in the road has been a decision loss to Brazilian standout Leandro Silva.

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  • solo

    This sucks so much! Nothing else to say.

  • PhranktheTank

    Sooo… Doomsday is fighting out of his weight class? Against Uriah hall? Should be a good fight regardless

    • Tom Lancaster

      He’s been fighting at middleweight ever since he left the ufc and it’s the perfect weightclass for him.

  • David Huenecke

    I was really looking forward to him and josh cause josh wanted to fight him in the finals anyway. This sucks and just really jams up uriah. Having to train for different opponents after training for one can really jam up a fighter and how he peaks. Depending on style

  • Flock of Burgers

    It’s free so we get our money’s worth.

  • Advance*

    I’m glad Howard got a chance to fight on the Boston card. I saw him asking for it a few weeks ago in another article

  • fsunol10

    i dont like how they put em up against hall cuz honestly i think he will lose and chances are he will be cut immediately after and i dont want to see that, i wanna see howard in the ufc for a while.

    • Sarcastic Walrus

      They could fire him if he lost, but historically speaking the UFC rewards guys who step up on short notice if they lose, by giving them another shot. That said two losses is likely all Howard will be allowed.