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  • 10-06-2012, 09:07 AM
    Sakara=Excitement
    Dana White: Paying Dennis Hallman $60K a stupid business decision but right thing to do | MMAjunkie.com

    MINNEAPOLIS – UFC President Dana White and 16-year veteran Dennis Hallman (51-14-2 MMA, 4-5 UFC) haven't always seen eye to eye.

    So when Hallman missed weight for Friday's UFC on FX 5 event, it wasn't surprising when the UFC boss elected to release the 36-year-old. That White sent him home with his show and win money was.

    But the fiery UFC boss said the decision to cut Hallman a check he said totaled $60,000 was a simple one. Yes, it was a stupid business decision, but some things shouldn't be decided by dollars and cents.

    "It's not like me and Hallman have had the most fantastic relationship on earth," White told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com). "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.

    "Personally, business-wise, it was the stupidest f------ thing in the world to do. As a human being, it was what I wanted to do."
    White declined to elaborate on exactly what troubled Hallman at Thursday's weigh-in ceremony, where his fight with Thiago Tavares was called off before the fighters ever stepped on the scale. On Thursday night, Hallman would only say that he had "serious personal family matters" that needed to be addressed, and they contributed to him failing to make the 156-pound limit.

    It was the second consecutive fight for which Hallman failed to make weight, which White said was simply inexcusable.

    "He didn't make weight," White said. "You don't come here and not make weight. 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. … You lose a lot of money."
    For that reason alone, White said the decision to release Hallman was simple. However, after learning about Hallman's personal struggles, he didn't want to send him away empty-handed.

    "I don't want to say anything about Dennis Hallman's life and personal problems right now, but he was in no shape whatsoever, mentally or physically, to fight," White said. "I should be hung from a tree by my f------ ears and beat with a stick if I try 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 on Thursday. 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 f------ cheap on a card like this. Sixty-thousand. That's a big number. I basically felt like that was the right thing to do."
    White didn't completely rule out a potential Hallman return to the UFC, but he seemed to believe "Superman" was probably more likely to retire than make another run in the octagon.

    But while the two have often clashed publicly – over blue Speedos and performance-enhancing drug use opinions, among other things – White said he honestly hopes Hallman is able to work through his current struggles.

    "I've never, ever experienced anything like it," White said. "I wish him the best, and I hope everything works out for him and his family."
  • 10-05-2012, 07:01 PM
    RonPaulForPeace
    lets see if Browns legit or not, big foots a good measuring stick, beat him and u deserve to be in a contender fight, loose and u back to the bottom
  • 10-05-2012, 04:10 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Damn look at the size of Bigfoot's head compared to Browne's.
  • 10-05-2012, 03:54 PM
    Y2JUBAE
    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    Am I crazy, or does Browne look like he's in the best shape that we've seen him so far? I think it's going to be a rough night for Bigfoot.
    I agree, I think he will destroy Bigfoot. If and when he does, he should be one win away from a title shot.
  • 10-05-2012, 03:38 PM
    TN94z
    Quote Originally Posted by d-low View Post
    Wow, can't remember the last time someone refused to fight because of their opponent came in overweight...not saying Thiago didn't have the right by any means but usually the they will make it a catchweight or they'll just fight anyways....interesting......
    It wasn't just over weight. It was 7lbs over weight. Most of the fights that happen anyway when an overweight situation occurs is a lot closer than 7lbs.

    I would fire the idiot. In my personal experience with mma fighters and what they go through to train and get to weight, when an opponent misses to this extent, it's completely and totally a lack of respect. A couple of pounds can be accounted for but 7 is just your ass being too lazy to get it done. I would have 0 tolerance for that if it were me. Good job Tavares. Take the money and send Hallman home with nada...


    Edit...just read the part about personal issues, so I back off just a little but the thing is...if you are having issues so extreme that it's affecting your training that much, back out early. You are completely wasting another fighter's time when you don't fight.
  • 10-05-2012, 01:39 PM
    Badluck33
    Dennis Hallman vs. Matt Hughes is about the only thing I wanna see from the two.

    It has marketability.
  • 10-05-2012, 01:16 PM
    IceCold48
    Quote Originally Posted by d-low View Post
    Wow, can't remember the last time someone refused to fight because of their opponent came in overweight...not saying Thiago didn't have the right by any means but usually the they will make it a catchweight or they'll just fight anyways....interesting......
    Yes but that's when it's like a pound or two. He said all he had to do was get to three pounds over and that is still a lot.
  • 10-05-2012, 11:26 AM
    Fe1
    Am I crazy, or does Browne look like he's in the best shape that we've seen him so far? I think it's going to be a rough night for Bigfoot.
  • 10-05-2012, 06:14 AM
    Cat--Smasher
    Quote Originally Posted by MIZJUDOZOU View Post
    Hopefully his serious personal problems can be resolved. Looking forward to tomorrow. Cardinals in a one game playoff and free fights (bellator and ufc) = awesome weekend.
    Don't forget the One FC and Invicta cards also this weekend.

    MMA fans wet dream weekend. 4 good events in 2 days.
  • 10-05-2012, 05:32 AM
    Sakara=Excitement
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