UFC middleweight Uriah Hall was initially set to face off against mixed martial arts legend Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 124. However, Hall never made it to the weigh-ins.
The fight was set to be Vitor Belfort’s final octagon performance, as the MMA veteran is now setting his sights on retirement. However, the fighter’s match up against Hall was cancelled after Hall was rushed to the hospital for weigh management issues.
Hall feinted on his way to the official weigh-ins for the event, forcing the fighter to be rushed to the hospital for medical attention. It would later be revealed that Hall suffered a seizure, with the fighter being hospitalized overnight for the incident.
Following Hall’s co-main event cancellation, UFC President Dana White offered some critical words over the fighter.
“The guys at the UFC (Performance Institute) said he’s the, what’s the word – he doesn’t take it serious.” White said. “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.”
Now a member of Uriah Hall’s fight camp has come forward to offer some countering criticism over the matter. Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick recently spoke with MMA Junkie on the matter.
Speaking on Hall’s incident, Nicksick said:
“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.”