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Ryan Hall Added to South Dakota’s First UFC Show

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On July 13th, the UFC will be holding an event in South Dakota for the very first time inside the 12,000–capacity Denny Sanford Premier Center.

UFC Fight Night 91 is headlined by the sure-fire barnstormer of fight that is Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Chiesa, and Sioux Falls is being welcomed to the UFC fold with open arms.

The headliner has serious implications in the UFC’s lightweight division with Ferguson riding an impressive winning streak and Chiesa coming off a stirring underdog victory over Beneil Dariush. Both men also happen to be winners of their respective seasons of The Ultimate Fighter for an additional angle for what has all the makings of a great fight.

To add to those two aforementioned TUF winners, Ryan Hall has been thrown into the mix and will be taking on fellow American Alex White.

With a record of 5-1, Hall will be fighting in the Octagon for the first time since winning season 22 of the show—beating Russian-born Irishman Artem Lobov by unanimous decision.

While the win which earned him his TUF winner’s glass, it wasn’t exactly the most enthralling of contests we’ve ever seen with a dominant Hall doing his utmost to nullify Lobov’s striking-heavy attack, that was Hall’s fifth win in a row and had finished his previous four bouts by either submission or TKO.

It’s also worth noting Hall is a natural featherweight and will be returning to his preferred weight class in July after winning his TUF season as a lightweight.

Hall is an accomplished, world-renowned grappler as showcased on his season of TUF which saw him defeat two opponents via heel hook from the 50-50 guard he innovated. Hall has medalled in the ADCC, the Mundials and in the Gracie Jiu Jitsu World Championships.

His opponent, White, has split his wins and losses in ….View full article