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    Feb 2009
    BC, Canada

    Howard: I am coming at Hall 'hard and fast'

    “Coming back to the UFC in my hometown, it doesn’t get any better than that,” Howard told Bleacher Report. “I’m so happy and proud, and appreciate the opportunity to fight in front of my hometown. The Boston Garden—people call it the TD Garden—but it’s the Boston Garden to me, and I’m excited to fight there.

    “I’m excited, man. I’m pumped up to be fighting in front of my hometown, friends and family. It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait.

    “It’s been hard work. I’ve been grinding, fighting, and just getting stuff done right. There hasn’t been anything easy about it, but it has all been worthwhile. It just shows that hard work pays off and I’m so happy the UFC gave me a second chance to show what I can do. I know I belong in the UFC and it feels good to be coming back. I’ve been working so hard, and now that I am coming back to the UFC, I’m so happy. It’s a dream come true and I’m ready.”

    “It’s going to be a great fight. He’s a good striker and I’m also a good striker. I want to see what he throws at me and what he comes with because I’m coming at him hard and fast. I don’t get in there to play games. I can’t wait for this fight. I know he brings it and I’m going to bring it. It’s going to be a great fight.

    “Experience is a big factor on my side because it’s something you can’t duplicate. I’m going to use my experience to my advantage and take it to him. I’m going to see what he does in there. I know he trains with some of the best guys in the world, but training with the best guys and fighting the best guys are two different things. I’m going to see what he brings, but if I have to make adjustments I will, and I’ll keep moving forward."

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    BC, Canada

    Uriah Hall: Losing TUF 'could have broke me, but it didn't'
    "I'd rather not even go into that," Hall told ( of his choice to leave Schulmann's. "I've been working with Reign, and Reign is amazing. The atmosphere, it's all about being comfortable. You got to go to a place where you feel comfortable, where it feels welcoming.

    "It's like working out. When you wake up and want to work out, you're like, 'Alright, I can't wait to go.' But if you don't want to go, it's because you're not motivated. But since I've been there, I've been motivated to go because of the positive feedback we've got and what I've learned."

    What Hall has learned is that the fundamentals are one of, if not the most important, aspects of the sport.

    Throughout preparation for Saturday's UFC Fight Night 26 bout at Boston's TD Garden, Hall (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been forced to deal with a lot of uncertainty as his opponent was switched on two separate occasions. He now meets promotional returnee John Howard (20-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in a FOX Sports 1-televised bout.

    From opening his camp training for Nick Ring to a short time training for Josh Samman and finally for Howard, the Jamaican-born Hall learned he needs to spend less time worrying about his opponent and more refining his own skills.

    "I was taught to take something good out of anything, and I've done that, and one of the things I took out of it was like, 'Alright, I got to start focusing more on me.'" Hall said. "And I remembered on the show one of my coaches told me, 'Don't get ready; stay ready.'

    "I just kept doing what I was doing, and not to take anything away from John, but I know what he's good at. I know what he's strong at. I know what he's weak at, and I know what I'm great at, so it's just putting it together."

    Hall is hoping that when the cage door closes, he'll put it together in a much more impressive fashion than earlier this year against Gastelum. With a lot of credit going to his new training environment, Hall's confidence has grown tremendously in the four months since that forgettable night.

    While Hall doesn't want to share exactly how he's improved in his time at Reign, he is adamant all the ups and downs in the weeks leading up to the fight will make his sophomore UFC experience nothing like the first.

    "I (improved by) just stepping outside the comfort zone," he said. "When you work on something you're not good at, I think you get better overall. ... Explaining it is not really going to do much. I guess I just have to display it."

    Hall is aware of the hype that surrounded him coming off his "TUF" stint, and he's even more aware he didn't fulfill those expectations the way many had hoped.

    Fortunately, though, he never let that get him down. And even with the process of finding a new place to train and preparing for multiple different opponents, Hall never lost focus of the true goal of becoming the best fighter he can be.

    "[Losing 'TUF'] could have broke me, but it didn't," he said. "I just wanted to get better, and that's what I did."

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