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The last time Gegard Mousasi and Uriah Hall were in the Octagon together Hall shocked everyone by TKOing the heavy favorite Mousasi with a vicious spinning back kick that's become his signature move.

Now, just over a year later, Mousasi is looking to avenge the loss that derailed him from a title shot.

“I was on a six (fight) winning streak if that fight didn’t happen,” Mousasi said to The Sun. “I talk bad about Uriah Hall all the time but I don’t dislike the guy. He won the fight, fair and square."

Many critics have questioned whether Hall got lucky that night, and if he could beat Mousasi again. But Hall isn't interested in the "fluke" theory as evidenced on his Instagram this week.

Mousasi, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and Dream middleweight champion, feels that a win against Hall will bring him right back to where he was before Hall caught him — on the precipice of a title shot.

“Do I deserve to fight for the belt? I 100 percent believe that," he said. "I’ve got a whole career behind me. I’ve fought for different organizations, different titles, from all around the world. So do I deserve to fight for the belt? Yeah."

Mousasi is coming off a three fight win streak, most recently defeating Vitor Belfort at UFC 204. Hall is coming off two disappointing losses and is looking to get back in the win column this Saturday.

The pair face off this Saturday for one of two UFC Fight Night cards. Hall and Mousasi top the UFC Fight Night Belfast card which will air only on UFC Fight Pass starting at 4 pm Eastern time.

You can see the full fight here:


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