Uriah Hall was scheduled to face Vitor Belfort in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 124 on January 14 at St-Louis but was unable to weigh in and forced to withdraw from bout following a scary incident where he reportedly fainted and had a seizure.
And while the health scare seems legit, and a cause for concern, the UFC brass Dana White opens up on some details, and he blames Hall for the mess up.
“The guys at the UFC (Performance Institute) said he’s the, what’s the word – he doesn’t take it serious,” White said at the UFC St. Louis post-fight press conference (h/t MMAJunkie.com). “He doesn’t take his training serious, he doesn’t do what anybody tells him. He does his own thing. A week before the fight, he went to L.A. and was hanging out in L.A. in clubs and stuff. So, not good.”
“He texted me (Sunday night),” White continued. “He’s back in his room. Obviously, he’s not good. And if you don’t cut weight the right way and you don’t do what you’re supposed to do, this is what happens.”
White, advised Uriah Hall to move up in weight class and spend more time at the UFC performance institute facility in Las Vegas.
White insisted there are more healthy and safe ways to cut weight and those fighters who are unable to do it the right way, he said, the best decision is to move up a weight class in hopes of flourishing their careers as some fighters such as Rafael dos Anjos have in recent years.
“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.”
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