Weight cutting in the UFC has been an ongoing issue that has resulted in fighters being unable to compete due missing their contracted weight and various health concerns that come along with shedding extra pounds.
The latest victim of the dreaded weight cut was UFC middleweight Uriah Hall, who was pulled from the past weekend’s UFC Fight Night card in St. Louis after being hospitalized due to weight cutting issues the day before his scheduled fight with Vitor Belfort. In his first statement since his hospitalization, Hall revealed during a live cast on his Instagram account that he suffered both a “mini-seizure” as well as a “slight heart attack.”
“I mean I was in and out of it – I was conscious, but I was unconscious,” Hall revealed. “I knew what was happening but I was fighting over it. I was punching. I think I had a mini seizure and at the same time a slight heart attack. My kidneys were just not good.”
Hall referred to it as “probably the most traumatic experience” he’s ever had and said that it he had ignored some issues that came with the weight cut that eventually led to his hospitalization.
“The doctor even said that even if I had made weight I probably would have died the next day because my body just wasn’t having it,” Hall continued. “Like I said, I’m never going to ignore my health again. I did it for the fans, I did it to get paid and I did it to make sure I showed up, but at the end of the day your life is not worth it. My safety comes first.”
Hall said that he’d be interested in fighting Vitor Belfort again once he “got his panties out of a bunch.” However, there have been some calls for the middleweight to move up to the light heavyweight division in order to avoid health issues.