Esther Lin of MMA Fighting
Veteran UFC fighter Dennis Hallman has been released from the promotion after he failed to make weight at today's UFC on FX 5 weigh-ins.
The strange situation with Dennis Hallman continues. He missed weight for his UFC on FX 5 bout earlier today, and his opponent Thiago Tavares apparently refused to fight unless Hallman made it within three pounds of the lightweight limit (155 pounds). Hallman stated in tweets to Ariel Helwani that he was within three pounds all along, but pulled out of the bout due to a personal family issue. In the last couple of hours, more information has come to light.
MMA Junkie spoke to Hallman, and he stated that he received both his show and win money for the bout:
"I am on my way home. I have some serious personal family matters that I am dealing with. That is why the fight isn't taking place."
"Dana White paid me my show and win purse and put me on a plane to Seattle to deal with the issues at home."
Less than an hour after that though, MMA Fighting is reporting that Hallman was released due to him missing weight, and it was Hallman himself that told them. He used the same reasoning as before:
"They are cutting me," he wrote. "Dana [White] gave me my show and win pay to help me deal with the mountain in front of me. Now I have to go make weight a couple times on the regional circuit. I'll be back to the UFC though, I always am."
"I'm having some personal issues at home," Hallman said. "I'm not fit to fight. I told Dana [White] what my issues were. He understands family matters, and he was cool with me not fighting."
We'll pass along any future updates if they pop up, but this seems pretty final to me.