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Jamaica-born UFC fighter Hall dedicates win to mentally ill sister

By Sports Desk December 30, 2018

Jamaica-born UFC veteran Uriah Hall dedicated a devastating knockout win over Bevon Lewis, at UFC 232 in Los Angeles on Saturday night, to his ill sister.

The 34-year-old Hall, who was born in the Jamaican city of Spanish Town, was visibly emotional after delivering a savage right-hand counter shot that put Bevon down in the third round.

 The shot left his challenger crumpled in a heap on the ground and Hall with head cup in hands as he retreated to the corner to celebrate.  The win was the first for Hall (14-9) in his last five attempts but he later explained that it was not the cause for his emotional display.

To be honest I wasn’t fighting for me tonight. I’m actually fighting for my sister. She’s battling depression and this has been a really rough time for her,” Hail said after the fight.

“She’s such an incredible human being and I know depression is something that’s going on in the world right now. I just want to let you know I love you and this world will not be the same without you. And Mikita, you’re one of the best to do what you do. I’ve failed so many times on the big stage and I know life is hard but the same reason why you said keep standing, I’m going to keep standing up because tonight was about you. I love you so much.”

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