UFC middleweight contender Uriah Hall suffered a life-threatening health scare ahead of his scheduled fight against Vitor Belfort in St. Louis, Missouri last January. The 33-year-old TUF 17 alum fainted on his way to the scales for the official weigh-ins, as he later revealed that he may have suffered a slight heart attack and a mini-seizure due to a bad weight cut.
Hall is now scheduled to fight Paulo Henrique Costa at UFC 226, and in preparation for the said contest, he made sure to take this previous harrowing experience to heart.
“You’ve just got to know your body, and it happened in a way where I just learned from it,” Hall told MMAjunkie. “It didn’t have to happen, but the fact that it happened made me realize I need to pay attention to certain things.”
“It’s scary overall, but I wouldn’t say that gave me a big change in my outlook on life. It was more like a wakeup call to pay attention because you’re getting older, and as you’re getting older you have to pay attention to certain things with your body – especially when you’re competing.”
“It’s like a car: You’ve got to keep fine-tuning it, you’ve got to put that right fuel and you’ve got to change the oil and all that stuff.”
Hall also revealed to have suffered stomach problems during the week of the fight, which made it more difficult to digest his food and cut weight.
“I learned I’m allergic to a lot of things, a lot of foods,” Hall said. “What a lot of people didn’t realize was I had stomach problems, which made it hard for me to digest food. So I ended up cutting more weight than normal because I couldn’t digest. That whole week, I was struggling to even digest and I was accumulating more water weight.”
“But just taking away certain foods, and experimenting with eating certain things, realizing I’m bloated from this or this or this … but the weight’s been really good, the camp’s been amazing.”