Dana speaks about Hallman's release
Date: 2012-10-07 00:00:00
Submitted By: Come Get You Some
According to an Oct. 6 report from MMATorch.com, UFC President Dana White was upset that Dennis Hallman failed to make weight for his 'UFC on FX 5' card, but he decided to pay the fighter his full purse because "it was the right thing to do" considering the personal issues he was going through. "You don't come here and not make weight," White said about the situation after the 'UFC on FX 5' post-fight press conference. "You don't accept fights and not make weight. It's the most unprofessional thing you can do. Not just for the show, the sport, but for your opponent. We all know how hard it is and the sacrifices and things that go into preparing for one of these fights. Not only do you screw the guy over for all the training and time he spent away from his family, he doesn't get paid. Thiago Tavares could have won the fight and got both his payments. He could have won one of the fight of the night bonuses, and even if he didn't he probably would have gotten a bonus anyway. You lose a lot of money." White insists that Hallman isn't coming back to the UFC, but he wishes him well in his future endevours. "Because Hallman's not coming back," White responded when asked why the UFC opted to pay Hallman despite his missing weight. "He's been around a long time, he's been around for years. And it's like I said, it's not like me and Hallman have had the most fantastic relationship on earth. But I'm a human being, and I feel for the guy. He's got a lot of personal problems that he needs to handle. I hope that the show and win money that I gave him helps him and his family to fix whatever needs to be fixed and the guy doesn't lose everything." Hallman was slated to fight Thiago Tavares on the 'UFC on FX 5' card, but he failed to make weight. "I don't want to say anything about Dennis Hallman's life and personal problems right now; he was in no shape whatsoever, mentally or physically, to fight," White said. "I should be (expletive) hung from a tree by my (expletive) ears and beat with a stick if I tried to put this guy out there to fight. He was in no shape to fight whatsoever; any way you could possibly be in shape, mentally, physically, emotionally, period." "In almost 13 years of being in this business, I've never been in a situation like I was at the weigh-ins here on Thursday," White continued. "I literally told him, 'Go downstairs, start drinking and eating.' I called my people, and I said, 'Fly him home right now, and we'll pay him his entire purse,' which wasn't (expletive) cheap on a card like this. $60,000. That's a big number. I basically felt like that was the right thing to do." "I've never, ever experienced anything like it. I wish him the best, and I hope everything works out for him and his family."