Dana White says that TUF finalist Uriah Hall 'doesn't have what it mentally takes' to fight in the UFC. Following his lacklustre decision loss to John Howard at UFC Fight Night 26, Hall slips to 0-2 in the promotion.
Speaking during the post-fight media scrum, White expressed his disappointment at Hall's latest performance and questioned whether the highly-touted fighter had what it took to fight at the sport's highest level.
"I love Uriah Hall. I have a great relationship with this kid," said White
"He's one of the nicest human beings you can ever meet. He's not a fighter, man."
Labelled by White as 'the scariest guy in TUF history' after tearing through his opponents during his time on the show, Hall was upset in the final by young-gun Kelvin Gastelum. This second consecutive loss puts his future in the UFC under question.
“If I could take Brad Pickett's brain and heart and put it inside Uriah Hall's body, holy s*** there would be some damage done," White continued.
"Because Uriah Hall has all the physical attributes to be amazing, he's got speed, he's got power, he’s unbelievable… He doesn't have what it mentally takes to fight here.”
The UFC president was also critical of the way Hall and Howard went about their clash on the main card. With the two fighters exchanging hi-fives and hugs throughout the bout, White felt that level of sportsmanship was perhaps taken too far.
"You've seen that before, you've seen when guys get into that whole high-fiving thing. You're in a fight... You're here to use your martial arts to win this competition and move forward. You're not here to high five and hug. One of the things I love about this sport is the sportsmanship that is displayed sometimes before, during, and after a fight, but it gets to a point where it gets ridiculous," said White.