White not impressed with Hall weight cut fail

Monday, January 15, 2018

In 2013, UFC president Dana White tantalized the fanbase with stories of an unnamed fighter who was dubbed ‘The TUF Beast’.

“Every fight he’s in, someone goes to the hospital,” said White. “The whole house is terrified of this guy. F***ing terrified. Everybody. I picked this fight, and this guy is lined up with the guy I’m telling you about, and the guy has a nervous breakdown in the house over the weekend. … This guy scared the living s*** out of everyone. It’s awesome.”

When the season debuted, fans to see his terrible power, and know his name – Uriah Hall. But Hall lost a split decision in the finals to Kelvin Gastelum. And he lost a split decision in his next fight, to John Howard, in a fight where Hall gave every indication of liking his opponent.

Hall has gone 6-6 in the UFC. There is a sense that the fighter is perhaps too nice a guy for the Octagon. He was scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort on Sunday night, but reportedly had a seizure while cutting weight, and went to the hospital for 48 hours. White conducted a post-fight media scrum, and was not impressed with Hall’s performance.

“The guys at the UFC PI [Performance Institute] said he’s the, what’s the word – he doesn’t take it serious,” said White, as transcribed by Mike Bohn and John Morgan for MMAjunkie. “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]. 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.”

“What I think he needs to think about is fight at 205. 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.”

The solution the weight cutting crisis is not Uriah Hall moving up to a division 20 pounds higher, where guys are cutting from 230. The solution to the culture of extreme weight cutting is California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster’s 10 Point PlanIt works. The ABC medical committee supports it. The ABC has adopted it. The UFC supports it and needs continue to adopt further parts of it now, before someone dies.