Following Uriah Hall’s disastrous weight cut for UFC Fight Night 124, which led to him being hospitalized, one of his coaches has reported he didn’t care for the comments Dana White made regarding the incident.
Hall was scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort at the St. Louis event last month, but, the middleweight feinted before weighing in, and the bout was called off. After the event, White said he had been told that Hall was in Los Angeles the week prior, hanging out in night clubs. In addition, the UFC boss man claimed he had been told by staff at the promotion’s Performance Institute, that Hall doesn’t take training “serious”.
Well, since then, Hall has reported that he had a “mini-seizure’ and a “slight heart attack”, as a result of cutting weight. The feared striker also dismissed the idea that he doesn’t train hard. More recently, one of Hall’s coaches, Eric Nicksick, was a guest on MMA Junkie.com Radio. While discussing the situation, and White’s comments, the Xtreme Couture coach said this (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“It’s tough, especially when your employer is the first one to bag on you,” Nicksick said. “I think what really hurt me was, this guy almost died for your organization.”
“He did not feel like he even had a heartbeat,” Nicksick added. “His pulse was thready. He was unconscious and unresponsive. And all the while he was trying to make it down that (expletive) elevator to weigh in for (White). And all he kept saying was, ‘I’ve never missed weight. I’ve never missed weight.’
“And then for you to go on and bash your guy without all the facts, without hearing the story, without knowing what happened. Maybe he did (go to Los Angeles), maybe he caught wind of some things. But I was at the (Performance Institute) with him Tuesdays and Thursdays training….”
Now, White, and or his supporters, might argue he was only reporting what he had been told. Although, that doesn’t mean he had to make the statements, right after the card.
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Hall. Hopefully we get to see him back in the Octagon in the not too distant future.