Uriah Hall Says He's Getting More Comfortable with His TUF Fame
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.11.2013
TUF contestant talks about his experience on the show and more...
Uriah Hall recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his experience on The Ultimate Fighter 17 and more. Check out the highlights:
On the fame he's gotten from being on the show: "I got a lot more comfortable. I spoke to Chael, and he was like, 'Don't even worry about it.'..Sometimes, it gets a little weird, because I want to be a regular guy. I guess after that show, it can't happen."
On his bad guy-esque behavior on the show: "In a situation where you get bullied, you're forced to put yourself in a position where you protect yourself, and it happens automatically. Stuff can just lash out. It could be viewed or portrayed as somebody who has issues. It's not f---ing issues. That's just going through s--t and having to deal with it. It's called being a human being. And I did what I had to do. If I had to take anything back, probably the only thing I would have to apologize for is Adam's girlfriend. But it was not shown to what made me say that. Look at a fight. If somebody throws a punch, you throw a punch back. I'm not going to attack you if you don't attack me."
On his attitude on the show: "People say I distanced myself. I kind of had to because it's not 'The Ultimate Friends.' It's 'The Ultimate Fighter.' We can laugh, but I might have to fight you. Handling all those emotions, maybe some of these guys can do it, but I had my head on top of my shoulders when I got there. I was focused. Look at the eagle, for example. It's a different type of bird. It flies at a different altitude, so it distances itself. When you're at that level, it's hard to get there, and I was at that level, so maybe some people saw me as a threat. Maybe some people saw me as a d-----bag. I don't know, but the mindset that I had was to do whatever I can to become an Ultimate Fighter. If you look at that as a bad thing, then I guess f--- you."
On his goal: "I'm a martial artist trying to get better at one of the toughest competitions out there."