That’s because “Prime Time” collapsed in the final hour of his grueling weight cut and was instead rushed to the hospital, where he “probably would have died” without prompt medical attention.
Could this game-changing ban be to blame?
Instead of expressing concern over his fighter’s health, which included a “mini-seizure” along with a “slight heart attack,” promotion president Dana White scolded Hall for spending too much time in L.A. nightclubs.
Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick had a real problem with that, according to his conversation with MMA Junkie Radio.
“It’s tough, especially when your employer is the first one to bag on you. I think what really hurt me was, this guy almost died for your organization. He did not feel like he even had a heartbeat. His pulse was thready. He was unconscious and unresponsive. And all the while he was trying to make it down that (expletive) elevator to weigh in for (White). And then for you to go on and bash your guy without all the facts, without hearing the story, without knowing what happened. This was one of the best camps I’ve ever seen out of this guy. We were teed up to go and have a good performance. Something went wrong.”
His opponent was much more forgiving.
It’s been an up-and-down career for Hall (13-8), who failed to live up to the hype he generated as a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 back in spring of 2013. “Prime Time” is just 6-6 across 12 fights while struggling to find consistency in the crowded middleweight division.
No telling where he goes from here.
After this latest setback, he may have trouble getting licensed at middleweight, as some commissions — like this one — won’t allow combatants to compete in a weight class that previously jeopardized their health.
Time will tell.