Ron Stallings (right) has joined the UFC on short notice. | Photo: Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
First, it was Costas Philippou. Then, it was Louis Taylor. Now, it’s Ron Stallings who is scheduled to face Uriah Hall at Sunday’s Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Boston.
UFC officials Monday revealed that Taylor withdrew from his middleweight matchup with Hall due to an unspecified injury, leaving Stallings to make his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night “McGregor vs. Siver” on a week’s notice.
Headlined by a high-profile featherweight tilt between rising star Conor McGregor and veteran Dennis Siver, the event takes place Jan. 18 at Boston’s TD Garden.
A native of Maryland, Stallings holds a career record of 12-6, with six wins by way of knockout and six via submission. “The Choir Boy” last competed in November, when he had a three-fight winning streak snapped by Tim Williams in a failed bid for the CFFC middleweight title.
Against Stallings, Hall will look for his third consecutive win inside the Octagon, having taken out Chris Leben and Thiago Santos in his previous two outings. Following a run on “The Ultimate Fighter,” the Tiger Schulmann-trained striker began his UFC tenure with split-decision losses to Kelvin Gastelum and John Howard.