Ryan Hall has been out of action for quite some time now.
The Jiu-Jitsu specialist last competed in the UFC in December 2021, when he defeated Darrick Minner. Since then, he has been plagued with a series of injuries, undergoing 16 surgeries to repair various body parts, including a torn ACL.
According to Hall, his injuries have been a matter of bad luck. After spending 10 injury-free years, he encountered a string of injuries that started with a torn hip flexor before his first bout in 2021, followed by a severe tear in the bottom of his foot.
He also broke his hand during that UFC outing, which led to more injuries in subsequent matches.
Despite the challenges, Hall remains determined to make a comeback to MMA. He is set to compete in the Polaris 24 headliner against Ash Williams on June 3, where he hopes to gauge his physical condition.
Ash Williams is a name that’s synonymous with Polaris. The seasoned black belt is a UK local and a no brainer for the promotion. In his most recent Polaris appearance, he submitted veteran UFC vet Carlos Condit with an inside heel hook.
Ash Williams gets it done!
— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) November 5, 2022
He is optimistic that he will be back in the octagon by fall, with his sights set on making up for lost time.
Hall’s main priority is to get back to competing against the best in the UFC. Previously ranked in the top 15 at featherweight, he hopes to face off against a strong opponent to get back to where he was. While a rematch with Ilia Topuria is on his mind, Hall sees Bryce Mitchell as a more realistic option.
“I would love to compete against somebody like Bryce Mitchell, who’s a very good fighter, or other people like that – anybody that would push me forward and be a big challenge,” Hall said.
Despite his injuries, Hall remains optimistic and committed to his craft. His focus is on getting back to fighting shape, feeling better than ever before, and competing at the highest level.
With his eye on the prize, Hall is ready to take on the world and make his mark in the UFC once again.