Uriah Hall has agreed to fight former NFL standout running back Le’Veon Bell in a boxing contest.
The bout will take place on October 29 at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, as part of a Showtime pay-per-view event headlined by Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva. The booking was revealed Thursday by Most Valuable Promotions, which is co-promoting the event.
After nine years and 19 fights in the UFC, 38-year-old Hall announced his retirement from mixed martial arts in October. His most recent bout was on July 2 at UFC 276; he lost again, this time to Andre Muniz via majority decision.
It would have required either authorization from the UFC or a termination of Hall’s contract with the promotion for him to fight at the Showtime event.
Bell, 30 years old, played nine seasons in the NFL, including eight games in 2021 with the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was named to the first team All-Pro twice, both times with the Pittsburgh Steelers. On September 10th, Bell made his debut as a professional boxer with a fifth-round technical knockout (TKO) victory over former NFL running back Adrian Peterson.