UFC middleweight Uriah Hall may soon be back in the octagon.
It’s a case that may leave some fans wondering whether the booking is coming a little too soon: Uriah Hall and Paulo Borrachinha are being targeted for a fight at UFC Atlantic City in April. That comes after Hall was rushed to hospital in January following a bad weight cut, a moment described by fellow fighter Paige VanZant as the “scariest thing I have ever seen.” The scare saw Hall out of a fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC St. Louis in what was expected to be Belfort’s retirement fight.
Brazil’s Combate was first to report the news of Hall vs. Borrachinha. The UFC has yet to confirm the pairing. Dana White reacted angrily at Hall’s failed wait cut back at UFC St. Louis, which in return had Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick defending his fighter, pointing out that Hall “almost died for your organization.”
If the fight does go forward at UFC Fight Night 128, as UFC Atlantic City is otherwise known, it’s likely to feature somewhere on the main card. Hall (13–8) recently snapped a three-fight losing streak with a come-from-behind knockout of Krzysztof Jotko at UFC Fight Night 116.
Borrachinha (properly known as Paulo Costa) is undefeated as a pro at 11–0. He’s coming off a win against Johny Hendricks at UFC 217 last November.
UFC Atlantic City takes place April 21 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.