Many people who follow mixed martial arts and it’s fighters are ignorant to the fact that many of these men and women are warriors inside the cage as well as outside. The nature of a fighter is to never give in or give up, but sometimes life’s burdens weigh heavy on all of us.
When Uriah Hall competed on The Ultimate Fighter Season 17, Dana White promoted him as the scariest fighter TUF has ever seen. What fans saw, however, was a very insightful young man struggling to come to grips with his past and hoping to provide himself with a better future through fighting.
Hall grew up in New York after immigrating from Jamaica in his teenage years. During his stint on TUF, Hall described the horrible bullies that tortured him throughout his teenage years, that did significant damage physically and mentally. Hall, who spoke at a recent UFC media luncheon to promote Black History Month, said that the bullying became so severe that he contemplated committing suicide (Courtesy of MMAFighting):
The bullying just got to a point where it’s like, I gotta wake up tomorrow and look forward to this again? I don’t want to deal with this s**t. I just didn’t want to do it anymore, man.
I don’t know how I was gonna do it, but I didn’t want to go to school.
Hall also discussed one instance that got so out of hand, he almost resorted to deadly force:
I got off the bus and I was about to kill this guy. I was going to get a gun, get a knife and stab this dude.
Hall likely still battles these demons today, but he credits his move into martial arts for turning his life and attitude around. Hall is currently 1-2 in the UFC, finally getting his first Octagon win against Chris Leben at UFC 168.