Dennis Hallman, UFC on FX 5: Hallman Reveals What Kept Him from Making Weight

Kyle SymesCorrespondent IIIOctober 7, 2012

Dec 10, 2011; Toronto, ON, Canada; UFC fighter Dennis Hallman before his fight against fighter John Makdessi (not pictured) during a lightweight bout at UFC 140 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

When Dennis Hallman failed to make weight, thus causing his bout with Thiago Tavares to be scrapped, many UFC fans became upset. The failed cut to lightweight was the second time in as many fights for Hallman, and as expected, the fighter was cut from the promotion.

There were reports going around that Hallman was paid not only his show money but also his entire win purse. It was an odd move for someone deemed "unprofessional" by many fight fans. The move lead many to believe there was more to the story, and even Hallman admitted he had some personal issues going on that prevented him from making weight.

Former UFC fighter Frank Trigg was able to get the full details surrounding Hallman's failed weight cut.

According to the video interview, Hallman was going through a messy custody battle with his wife. Hallman also alleges that she is battling a drug addiction, only further complicating what is already a lengthy process.

Hallman says he endured a nervous breakdown and was taking the fight to gather money he desperately needs to keep his daughter.

It's a story that any parent can relate to, and anyone without kids can certainly understand that Hallman wasn't in the state of mind to compete. The good news for Hallman is that the door appears to be open for a return to the Octagon should he be able to pick up some wins and make a successful cut.

For all the negative talk about the UFC paying its fighters, perhaps this story will shed some positive light on that particular situation.