Not long after his right hand dispatched Adrian Peterson in devastating fashion, Le'Veon Bell was presented with a seemingly blockbuster proposition.

As his professional boxing debut beckoned, Bell was offered the chance to face off with another former NFL great who had also begun a new career in the squared circle: Frank Gore.

Bell didn't want a bout with Gore, though. He relished the opportunity to prove just how serious he was about making a career in boxing. He wanted a real fighter.

He got one in longtime UFC fighter Uriah "Prime Time" Hall, who will toe the line with Bell on Saturday at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, as part of the Jake Paul-Anderson Silva pay-per-view undercard.

"They asked did I want to fight Frank Gore on the show and I said no," Bell told on Wednesday. "I said I don't want to fight anymore running backs, because honestly, I don't feel like – and this is no disrespect to Frank Gore or any other running back – I don't feel like those guys are on my skill level when it comes to boxing because they can't make me go to the space that I can go to."

Where Bell, 30, is going to is a four-round bout contracted at 195 pounds against a ferocious striker in Hall, 38, who was a perennial top-15 UFC middleweight and posted a 17-11 career mixed-martial-arts record with 13 knockout wins.