Dana White had a few words to say about Uriah Hall for not weighing in at UFC Fight Night 124.
Uriah Hall’s weight cut for his middleweight bout with Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 124 was so bad that the Jamaican-born fighter didn’t even make the scales.
UFC women’s strawweight sensation Paige VanZant, who lost to Jessica-Rose Clark in the St. Louis co-main event, said it was the ‘scariest thing’ she’s ever seen.
Please send Prayers up for @UriahHallMMA scariest thing I have ever seen.
— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) January 13, 2018
UFC president Dana White, however, thinks Hall only has himself to blame for not taking his weight cut seriously enough.
According to White, who was critical of Hall at the UFC Fight Night 124 post-fight media scrum, the MMA veteran doesn’t listen to the experts at the UFC performance institute and was reportedly partying just one week before the fight.
“The guys at the UFC (Performance Institute) said he’s the, what’s the word – he doesn’t take it serious,” White said, per MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn and John Morgan. “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.”
White, the UFC’s long-time head promoter, advised Hall to move up in weight and spend more time at the UFC performance institute facility in Las Vegas.
“What I think (Hall) needs to think about is fight at 205,” he said. “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.”
Hall has been released from hospital but has yet to make a statement on the matter.