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John Howard replaces Josh Samman, faces Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 26

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Seven-time UFC veteran John Howard (20-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC) returns to the octagon for the first time in two years at next month's UFC Fight Night 26 event to face "The Ultimate Fighter 17" finalist Uriah Hall (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

Howard replaces Josh Samman, who himself has replaced Hall's originally scheduled opponent, Nick Ring.

Howard and Hall now meet in a middleweight bout on the FOX Sports 1-televised portion of next month's "UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen" event, which takes place Aug. 17 at Boston's TD Garden.

The new booking was first reported by the Boston Herald, and UFC officials subsequently confirmed the change.


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Post #1   7/17/13 11:09:02PM   

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Doomsday returns!

Post #2   7/18/13 12:27:25AM   

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This should actually be a really good fight! Smart money's on Uriah, but I can see Howard droppin some bombs for an upset.

Post #3   7/18/13 1:10:17AM   

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Sick fight!!!

Post #4   7/18/13 1:16:03AM   

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Hall should be able to handle Howard. Howard relies too much on his power and the holes in his boxing game become apparent when his opponent keeps calm.

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Post #5   7/18/13 8:54:12AM   

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glad to see doomsday return but he needs to fight at 170

Post #6   7/18/13 9:26:34AM   

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cant wait to see Hall win KOTN

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I'm glad to see Doomsday back in the UFC but I got a feeling he is going to lose. Hall is a tough match up for Anyone I see his size giving Howard trouble. Should be a good scrap regardless.

Post #8   7/19/13 9:55:40PM   

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I'm not opposed to John Howard coming back to the UFC, I think the guy's got credible talent and physical gifts, but this specific matchup is disappointing to me for a few reasons.

1) Absolutely agreed that Howard should be at 170, unless he's hulked out since I last saw him. His speed and athleticism would honestly be a match for most at 185, but he's already had problems with strong welterweight grapplers. Any midrange 185er with competent wrestling like Brad Tavares or Riki Fukuda feels a bit unethical, frankly. A grappling monster like Papa Chael would literally throw Howard out the front door of the arena.

2) From what we saw on TUF and in the finale, Uriah Hall is largely a classically-trained kickboxer. He's got sharp technique, scary power, and shocking creativity - as long as his opponent stays out of his face. An opponent with a hard-nosed, grinding approach may be his bane.

Then let's look at Howard's performance in the UFC. Sure, he's got some highlights of his own, but they've come when his opponents have gassed or given him room to operate. Similar style to Hall. The disadvantage is that he's giving up size and reach to a guy who puts those qualities to frightening effect. He still has a puncher's chance, but just that.

3) Honestly, I was looking forward to Hall and Samman wrapping up their rivalry, whether it was manufactured or genuine. I think Hall takes it, right, I feel he's the more gifted athlete and striker, but Samman's no daffodil. He can hit hard especially in close, and he's got the cardio and work ethic for 15 minutes of aggression. Best possible matchup for both of them, for multiple reasons, but I understand that shit happens and Hall needs to stay active.

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Post #9   7/20/13 3:16:50AM   

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Howard has to be one of the shortest MW's around

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Hall is going to lose to another welterweight.

Post #11   7/20/13 1:43:11PM