Uriah Hall may be debuting in the light heavyweight division following his UFC Fight Night 124 weigh-in disaster.
Hall was scheduled to square off against Vitor Belfort in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 124. Unfortunately, Uriah Hall was hospitalized as a result of a botched weight cut reportedly suffering a seizure on his way to the scale and forced out of this contest thereafter.
Hall’s coach Clayton Hires, in an interview with MMAFighting on Wednesday, that he’s puzzled over the incident, but said a move up in weight is possible for his fighter and he is doing much better now.
“He’s fine. Mishap, but you know that’s the trials and tribulations of the fight game. You’ve gotta come back strong,” Hires said. “Things happen, you’ve just gotta learn from them and grow. If you don’t grow, it happens again.”
UFC brass Dana White put Hall on blast for what happened and advised him to move up to 205-pounds.
“What I think [Hall] needs to think about is fight at 205,” White said. “Fight at 205 or show up and do what you’re supposed to do. There’s ways to cut weight properly and safely. You need to start doing that. That’s why we are encouraging everybody to come to the UFC Performance Institute. That’s why all the guys down there do what they’re supposed to do and do it the right way, cut weight safely. The guys who don’t listen, this is what happens. And much like Kelvin Gastelum and the Johny Hendricks and the other people out there – if you can’t make that weight, then fight at the higher weight division.”
Even coach express confidence in Hall’s ability to compete at 205 pounds.
“I think he would dominate there,” Hires said about Hall’s possible jump to light heavyweight. “There’s a couple guys you got to worry about. I think he’d be a top five. It’s something that we’re discussing.”
“You get past 30 [years old] and things start changing, the body changes. That’s the way it is.”
Hall last fought in September at UFC Fight Night 116 where he earned a second-round knockout win over Krzysztof Jotko.
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