Lightweight Dennis Hallman has been released following his failed attempt at making weight on Thursday. The bout was cancelled after Hallman was unable to make an agreed upon catchweight. The veteran fighter will not leave empty-handed however, Hallman will receive both his show and win pay for the cancelled fight according to MMAFighting.
“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.”
The longtime MMA veteran was dealing with a family crisis before the fight, which he says distracted him from being at his best come fight night. Hallman apparently passed out earlier today while only two pounds over the limit. The resulting medical treatment – IV fluids – caused the Seattle-based fighter to add on another five pounds. His opponent, Thiago Tavares, apparently was still interested in fighting Hallman if he could get to 159lbs. Hallman claims that he did just that, but alleged that Tavares asked for him to get to 158lbs instead.
It was then that Hallman notified UFC President Dana White of his family issues – which he wanted to keep private – and asked to be removed from the card. White understood the matter and booked Hallman on a flight back to Seattle. The fighter stated:
“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.”
The UFC on FX 5 card will now run with one less fight on the lineup. Headlining the card will be a heavyweight scrap between Travis Browne and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, with welterweights Jake Ellenberger and Jay Hieron in the so headlining spot. The FX main card will kick off from the Target Center at 8PM ET.
Tavares will also receive his show pay for the cancelled bout according to the UFC.