Uriah Hall’s Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick was also present when he suffered a mini heart attack during his weight cut.
Uriah Hall was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 124 on Jan 14 after he collapsed on route to weigh-ins. Unfortunately, Hall was being hospitalized and claimed he had ‘slight heart attack’ and mini seizure.
After the cancellation of the bout, instead of consoling his fighter UFC president Dana White scolded Uriah Hall for spending too much time in L.A. nightclubs and wasn’t taking his training seriously.
Hall’s Coach Eric Nicksick had a real problem with Dana White’s recent comments.
“It’s tough, especially when your employer is the first one to bag on you,” Nicksick told MMAjunkie Radio. “I think what really hurt me was, this guy almost died for your organization.”
Coach, in fact, understands the White’s state of mind that the lost money due to Hall’s withdrawal, but everyone involved did. Coach is simply happy that his fighter is alive.
“Uriah was upset,” he said. “He’s like, ‘I thought me and Dana were friends.’ (I said), ‘Yeah, maybe, but you (expletive) with that dude’s money. So don’t get all upset about it thinking you guys were all chummy.
“At the end of the day, none of us get paid, (and) it was an eight-week camp. But my guy’s alive.”
Nicksick said he wasn’t sure if Hall ‘was going to make it out’.
“Honest to god truth, I didn’t know if we was going to make it out,” Nicksick said. “(I said), ‘Don’t call the doctor – call the paramedics.”
“He did not feel like he even had a heartbeat,” Nicksick said. “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.”
You think Dana White’s recent remarks are way too harsh without knowing the fact?