After the news emerged that Uriah Hall endured a rather horrific failed weight cut on Saturday, the fans rightfully expressed their outrage at the current system.
It was reported that UFC St. Louis’ co-main event headliner Uriah Hall would be forced out of his middleweight match-up with Vitor Belfort following his failure to make it to the scales at the show’s official weigh ins.
And while it was initially unclear what was wrong with the former Ultimate Fighter finalist, after a while it emerged that Hall had fainted.
Please send Prayers up for @UriahHallMMA scariest thing I have ever seen. ??
— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) January 13, 2018
Update on Uriah Hall: according to sources, he was on weight and headed to the weigh-ins this AM. That’s when he feinted. Looked scary, I’m told. Taken to the hospital. He’s feeling better and awake. Doctors are doing tests.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 13, 2018
As a health update, I’m told Uriah Hall is in stable condition and now sleeping. Kidney issues seem to be to blame, but he’s doing better now.
— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) January 13, 2018
The MMA community were understandably outraged at seeing yet another instance of a fighter’s health being put at risk by the controversial practice of weight cutting, and while a lot of sympathy was directed at Vitor Belfort – who lost out on his retirement fight – the wellbeing of Hall sparked a debate amongst the fans over the ethics surrounding depleting yourself for an advantage over your opponent.
In the 18 months leading up to the implementation of the early weigh-ins for MMA, a total of 17 fighter missed weight for UFC bouts.
In the 18 months since: 51 fighters have missed weight or failed to weigh in for UFC bouts.
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) January 13, 2018
Shocking stats. How many have been hospitalised too? something needs to be done about this before someone dies of kidney failure. we Need to have a check weigh in on the day after a fighter has made weight the day before. Can’t gain more than 8/10lbs or fights off
— Markglover (@Markglovermma1) January 13, 2018
Can we end weight cutting yet or are we still too afraid to change this idiotic system?
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) January 13, 2018
Have them fight in their natural weight classes. Simple. Time of weigh-ins isn't the culprit, it's the actual weight-cutting.
— Just Pete (@Omgspiders) January 13, 2018
MMA seriously has to look at the outrageous weight cutting if this is what this is. Thoughts with Hall. https://t.co/Ny2Qn9ln3J
— Mark O'Toole (@M_OToole) January 13, 2018
Once weight cutting is eliminated from the UFC it would be the purest martial arts sport of all time
— Khyre Lunar (@KhyreLunar) January 13, 2018
Early morning weigh-in option = good.
Forcing fighters to weigh-in early in morning = not so good.
Problem is, the solution is to have proper monitoring of fighters making weight to ensure they're not dangerously dehydrated. That requires competent officials & commissions.
— Iain Kidd (@iainkidd) January 13, 2018
Is it really going to be a case of nothing being changed until it’s too late? Too often we’ve seen fighters risking their health to gain a small weight advantage and while Hall’s case does sound particularly rough, it will surely not be the last while the current rules are in place.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena