UFC president Dana White didn’t mince words in his criticism of Uriah Hall after the fighter was hospitalized after missing weight prior to UFC St. Louis, and one member of Hall’s camp hasn’t taken kindly to that perspective.
Eric Nicksick, Hall’s coach who was present when Hall was hospitalized for what was later called a seizure, ripped White on Friday for questioning Hall’s dedication to his craft and implied White should have been more supportive given the severity of Hall’s health scare.
“It’s tough, especially when your employer is the first one to bag on you,” Nicksick said during a radio appearance, according to Steve Marrocco of MMAjunkie. “I think what really hurt me was this guy almost died for your organization.”
White had previously questioned Hall’s training habits leading up to the weigh-in for the fight, and chalked up the entire incident to improper preparation.
“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 told Mike Bohn and John Morgan of MMA Junkie on Jan. 15.
“He texted me (Sunday night),” White later added. “….Obviously, he’s not good. And if you don’t cut weight the right way and you don’t do what you’re supposed to do, this is what happens.”
Hall later said he believes he would have died had he managed to make weight for the event, and cited a lingering injury as the reason for his weight cut being so difficult, rather than the after-effects of partying in Los Angeles as White