This past weekend was a rough one for seasoned veteran Dennis Hallman. The 36-year old, who was scheduled to face Thiago Tavares at UFC on FX 5, missed weight badly for the bout, saw the fight cancelled, and was then promptly released. That being said, it was a far better situation than the one he’s currently dealing with at home.
Hallman is currently fighting for custody of his kids and was not mentally or physically ready to step foot inside the Octagon. In what can only be seen as a silver-lining around an otherwise black cloud, UFC President Dana White quickly recognized the severity of Hallman’s issues at home and made sure to pay him his full salary (as well as a win bonus) in hopes of helping Hallman work his issues out.
“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. Business-wise, it was the stupidest f*cking thing in the world to do. As a human being, it was what I wanted to do,” said White in an interview with MMAJunkie.
It was also revealed Hallman will be given another go in the UFC as soon as he makes weight and picks up a win or two outside of the organization, proving White is ultimately a compassionate individual no matter how hardened his exterior may seem.
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