TUF: Uriah Hall KO’s Adam Cella with a vicious spinning heel kick, sending him to the hospital


On yesterdays episode of The Ultimate Fighter, fans finally got to see what had been hyped for months. A moment Dana White has been referring to as one of the craziest knockouts he’s ever seen in company history.

As we all suspected the culprit of this event was none other than veteran kickboxer and taekwondo killing machine Uriah Hall. With lightning speed Uriah threw a spinning heel kick that landed flush sending his opponent Adam Cella to the ground. Uriah had no need to follow up, only staring briefly at his opponent laying on the mat and then immediately walking to his corner.

As much as we all love seeing a good KO, the moment became rather bittersweet, with everyone excited but worried for the unconcious Cella who remained on the mat for 4 minutes or so. Dana summed it up perfectly saying “this is one of those moments where you wanna celebrate but you feel bad for the guy”.

You can view the kick in the video below as well as the aftermath and a short feature on Uriah Hall’s upbringing in Martial Arts.

  • The kick per se was not as brutal as advertised (very brutal but we had similar things in the past for sure)…but the reaction of the guy that got hit was trully scarry..very very scarry.

    • I have to disagree with ya babybubba. The room was silent enough to hear two fleas f**king after he landed that kick. KONGO Jr. is no joke people!

      That damn Sonnen done struck GOLD

      • Now I'm curious to what exactly that sound is magnified 8P

    • brasil is a spoiled mma fan lol

    • @Brasil WHHHHHHAT?

      Not Brutal? It is the scariest KO I have ever seen in me entire life, it looked like he was in a hospital bed and just had his life support turned off.

      I can watched the craziest fights with horrible KOs, limbs snapping and bloodbaths without being bothered…. I even watched Dana's surgery while eating my dinner.

      Yet this KO had me feeling very uncomfortable, something that pretty much never happens to me when watching MMA.

    • Quick question Mr Brasil. If Anderson did the exact same kick, with the exact same result would you then change your mind and agree with everyone that it was actually a brutal KO, and uncomfortable to watch?

    • I don't think Brasil is wrong. From the headline I was expecting Edson Barboza's kick. This one approaches that one but is not as dramatic in the kick or in the result.

      This kid is a great prospect tho

      • You saved Brasil, they were getting the rope ready lol

  • What's scary is Uriah Halls potential. If you watched the fight closely you could see him almost setting up for the kick the whole fight. The way he was moving was perfect his footwork and rotating to the side seemed to be what allowed him to land that kick so quickly. Cella had no chance of seeing it coming or getting out of the way.

    • Not to mention Uriah's head movement, he dodged a bunch of punches and always stayed out of range.

  • I may be getting ahead of myself a bit, but I'm seeing combination of Anderson Silva/Jon Jones in Uriah Halls.

    His striking is beautiful. His BJJ can get better. Also, he is a pretty good wrestler.

    Now, is as good as any of those two? absolutely NOT. But if he takes his career seriously enough, he'll be the next big thing.

    As for the kick, It was one of the best finishes ever. Stop hating, Brasil, the kick was nice.

    • It was a great KO for sure… don't forget about Edson Barboza's wheel kick to Terry Etim's dome… holy crap that one is still IMO one of the best KO's out there IMO.

      • hatch:

        Edson's kick along with the front kick by Silva still remain two of the best, but Halls' kick was pretty special.

  • havnt watched it yet but ty for the spoiler 😀

    • if your being serious and your bothered by it… dude don;t come on a MMA news website if your behind on results

  • People have short memories…what about so many CC kicks…what about Wanderley leaving Rampage semi dead on the ropes, Arona hitting the canvas passed out after that triangle attempt, Edson Barboza…BJ knees to the face…come on people…what was really scarry was how the guy could not come back to his senses after the kick….and again…not saying it was not super brutal…just that we saw similar things in the past.

    • you are complete right. i allready knew when dana was saying, that this is the nastiest ko in combat history, that he was hyping the shit out of this episode…..like always. the same thing does joe rogan when some spectaculare happens, its always the best that happend to that point…. bla bla bla bla bla

      • Dana never said it was THE nastiest, he said one of but nastiest in TUF history.

        If you don't agree with that then…. watch it again sober

    • Agree… lots and lots of great KO examples out there. I thought the kick was right up there with Barboza's for sure. The kid was knocked in to another dimension…

      What I thought was comical and a little disturbing was " Dr. Steve Mazzagatti's " comments about how he will be fine … his memory will come back in an hour…he will be fine. Thanks "doc" and how the hell would you know this? Glad the guy is alright (at least we haven't heard otherwise) but for him to come in and say those things….. I don't think it was his place to do so.

      • I thought that was weird/funny too.

        • Everytime I hear Mazzagatti, Yamasaki, Mirgliotta, I think motorcycles and European sports cars. 8))

  • I can't believe I'm going to say what I'm going to say, but if I were Uriah Halls, I would stay very close to Chael after the show. I think Chael, minus the drugs, could be a great mentor to him going forward.

    • Agreed. When he's not in character the dude is a pretty damn good coach.

      • Couldn't agree more, he's got a ton of experience not just with fighting but just preparing mentally.

        Jones on the other hand is too young and immature, he doesn't really seem to know how to coach anyone, which is understandable. If I were on the show I'd definitely wanna be on Chael's team.

        • @Bryan:

          I said the same exact thing to my bro about Jones last night. Yep, Jones is way too young at this point to be a good coach.

      • EH, I guess the real Chael is a pretty cool guy.

  • Uriah is a beast no doubt. It's reality TV and we never really know the full story about the person. Just from what they showed with him talking to Chael about his confidence levels, if this is the case, when the guy fully realizes his potential …. holy shit!

    He looked as if he was holding back most of the fight… as he knew he was way above the other guys skill level. Then the KO kick, and then the remorse for landing the kick almost immediately after. He should go see a sports psychologist like Chael talked about. This guy has the potential to be a huge star in the fight world IMO. Just needs to tap in to the killer instinct a little more and believe in himself. IMO.


  • May be the best KO I have ever seen in combat sports, if not the best then right up there in the top 5. Has to be the scariest ever though, for me anyway.

    Uriah is a destroyer.

    For anyone who doesn't know, he has two loses and they came a couple of years ago via Chris Weidman and Costa Philippou… so no shame there.
    A rematch with Costa in the UFC would be hella fun

    • totally agree with the rematch, fireworks right there. But for me the best KO's i have ever seen, was when wandy destroyed rampage and he crashed through the ropes, rampage slam, pure magic, and of course Edson barboza spinnig wheel kick vs terry etim….madness.

  • Holy shit that kick was fast……25K for Uriah

    Watch the guys on Bones team go from TUF 17 to Scared shitless 17 overnight

  • I doubt anyone is going to want Uriah, and clearly he's talented but I'm not going to get to excited about his chances until someone big and strong puts him on his back.

    Cella was not in great shape. He struggled carrying the heavy bag during a work and by the end of the 1st round, his hands were low and he was breathing from his mouth:

    But I got say Chael looks the better coach and seems to have picked the more balanced team. Jones as a coach sometimes sounds like a cheerleader.

  • For a second, I thought he had killed him. That was about as bad / nasty a KO, as I have ever seen. There was a moment where I truly wondered about the brutality of our sport. I love watching great athletes compete in, what I believe to be, the most noble sport on Earth, but I really don't want to see people get killed or seriously injured.

    However, the young man got up off of the canvas and that was a true relief. His ability to do so, is / was a testament to the resiliency of the human boy and fighting spirit. Personally, I think he should get a bonus for taking the shot.

    Anyway, the kick was thing of freaking beauty. Anderson Silva himself would have been impressed. The kid keeps that type of performance up and he's going to have to change his name to Uriah Hall-of-Fame.

    …just beautiful. Thank God Cella is okay. 🙂

    • @MMATruth…despite the KO, Cella can hold his head high in going after it, he never cowered or looked for a way out.

      • @ Enjoy

        You got that right, brother and I was serious, when I said that I thought Cella should get some kind of bonus. I think anyone whose on the receiving end of something that pretty and hard, should get something for being half-the-equation of KO-OTN / Season / Year.

  • Uriah was showing shades of Anderson in that fight, dodging punches with ease. It was great to watch since TUF hardly ever brings up real title competition.

    • Not so pure techbique. See the Weidmann fight how is he dodgig and getting caught!

  • Uriah Hall drops his hands down when avoiding the shots – this leaves him quite vulnerable. You can see that in this fight and also in the one with Chris Weidman.