Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White came down hard on middleweight striker Uriah Hall (read it), who failed to make the UFC St. Louis weigh ins, stranding co-headlining opponent Vitor Belfort.
See how that mess went down right here.
But while White was bagging on “Prime Time” for failing to make weight (and partying at L.A. nightclubs), Hall says a preexisting injury — not apathy — was the culprit behind his still-unspecified illness, one that nearly left him in the role previously made famous by DaDa 5000.
“For the record, I did make weight, I just failed to make it to the scale, which sucked,” Hall said on Instagram Live (via MMA Junkie). “I think I had a mini-seizure and at the same time a slight heart attack. My kidneys were just not good. The doctor even said, even if I made weight, I probably would’ve died the next day because my body wasn’t having it.”
Hall said White’s “funny” criticism was “speculation.”
Belfort was more forgiving when news broke of Hall’s withdrawal, likely because of his desire to face Michael Bisping in his retirement fight. That attitude may have soured a bit now that “The Count” has door-slammed his Brazilian rival.
Perhaps Hall vs. Belfort will be rebooked for later this year, assuming The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 finalist can get medically cleared to return.