After a second straight instance of missing weight the UFC has handed seasoned veteran Dennis Hallman his walking papers. The 36-year old’s latest stumble on the scale came yesterday while measuring in for a UFC on FX 5 fight with Thiago Tavares. Hallman was able to get within a few pounds of the required limit but had to rehydrate after passing out backstage and couldn’t make an agreed-upon catchweight thereafter.
Hallman explained his inability to come in as planned had to do with a situation in his life outside of fighting, explaining he and the UFC are still on good terms based on the understanding shown by UFC President Dana White.
“I’m having some personal issues at home. I’m not fit to fight. I told Dana what my issues were. He understands family matters, and he was cool with me not fighting,” explained Hallman in an interview with MMAFighting. “Dana 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.”
“Superman” also missed weight before a meeting with John Makdessi at UFC 140 and was fined a percentage of his purse. However, he ultimately went on to win the bout by way of an opening round submission. Hallman holds an overall record of 51-14-2 with other victories to his credit over the likes of Matt Hughes, Karo Parisyan, and Ben Saunders.
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