Paige VanZant recently moved up to the UFC’s new women’s flyweight division and it seems that it was the shock of witnessing Uriah Hall have a life-threatening incident as the result of a botched weight cut that convinced her to do it.
”I was at a fight where a fellow UFC fighter, Uriah Hall, was cutting weight and he pushed himself just to the brink of death,” PVZ told the BBC. “He had kidney failure and started seizing in the hallway right in front of me.
”It’s because of that I’m like ‘I cant do this anymore.”
Hall collapsed while attempting to make weight for a fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis back in January.
“I think I had a mini seizure and at the same time a slight heart attack. My kidneys were just not good,” hall revealed later after making a full recovery, calling it, “the most traumatic experience I’ve ever had.”
VanZant has never had to endure anything like that while attempting to cut weight down to 115lbs, but the 23-year-old claims that repeatedly doing it has taken a toll on her wellbeing.
“I was having different issues with myself and my body. I was giving myself an eating disorder to make the weight.”