Uriah Hall Says He Suffered “Mini Seizure” and “Slight Heart Attack” Trying to Make Weight for UFC Fight Night 124 (VIDEO)
UFC middleweight Uriah Hall missed his fight against Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis last weekend. In fact, he didn’t even make the weigh-in.
Initially it was reported that Hall simply fainted en route to the weigh-in and was taken to the hospital. However, it turns out that the situation was actually much more serious and terrifying.
In an Instagram Live session on Thursday, Hall said he had kidney problems and suffered a “mini-seizure” and “slight heart attack” as a result of his efforts to make weight for his fight against Belfort.
Making weight in the UFC can be incredibly dangerous. Many if not most fighters train above weight until the last minute. Then they use extreme dehydration to drop their excess weight—sometimes 10 or more pounds—in one or two days before the weigh-in.
After UFC Fight Night 124, rather than express concern about Hall, UFC president Dana White ripped him a new one for not taking his training seriously.
According to White, Hall should have been seeking advice from the the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas the weekend before the fight instead of partying in Los Angeles.
“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,” he continued. “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.”