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UFC's Uriah Hall opens up on weight cut that hospitalized him, and it sounds like a nightmare

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Fellow UFC fighter Paige VanZant called it one of the scariest things she’d ever seen. And hearing Uriah Hall describe what happened to him prior to weigh-ins for his scheduled fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 124 in January, yeah, we’d say that sounds accurate.

How do you know this one was bad? Well, for starters, Hall doesn’t remember much of it. And what he does remember is just as troubling, like when he passed out on the way to weigh-ins and woke up swinging on the EMTs who were trying to stick a needle in him.

So, yeah, pretty bad.

Here’s how Hall described it in an interview with ESPN:

“I was walking to the elevator and boom, just like that, I collapsed. I was in the elevator holding on to my best friend – apparently I bit him, to hold on to him. I passed out again … woke up and there were EMTs, a guy was trying to get a needle in me, and I remember swinging. I wasn’t in control of my body.

“I woke up in the hospital and was screaming for water. ‘Give me water! Give me water!’ They said, ‘We can’t give you water yet,’ for whatever reason. I grabbed my sister and said, ‘Tell them to please give me a sip of water.’ I never felt so thirsty in my life. They finally gave me a sip, and I passed out.”

According to Hall, he suffered “acute kidney failure” as a result of the weight cut and even had a “mini-seizure,” but all the hard work was done by the time he lost consciousness.

After initially thinking he might settle for weighing in heavy and paying the fine, Hall said, he continued cutting until he was 185.6 pounds.

“I made weight,” Hall said. “And I remember just feeling, ‘alright, let me just make it downstairs to the scale.’”

He never made it, and the fight was scratched. As you may or may not recall, this earned him some sharp criticism from UFC President Dana White, who told reporters the incident was the result of Hall not taking the advice of trainers.

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“The guys at the UFC (Performance Institute) said he’s the, what’s the word – he doesn’t take it serious,” White said after Hall’s bout was called off. “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.”

Hall disputed that characterization, as did his coach Eric Nicksick, who criticized White for his flippant response to Hall’s health issues. Hall also pointed out that he was dealing with personal issues at the time, including the suicide death of his coach, Robert Follis a month earlier, and blamed his struggle at least in part on a digestive issue, and blamed himself for not taking it into account during his preparation.

“I’ve cut weight over 20 times,” Hall said. “I’m used to it. That one margin of error, that’s what cost me. I neglected a health issue. I didn’t pay attention to my body. My will took over – I would say my ego took over. There’s a time you need to listen to your body.”

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