Uriah Hall shares his post-MMA depression fight. Depression, suicidal thoughts and self-harm are topics that will be discussed in this essay. Readers are advised to proceed with caution.
Hall Announced His Exit From MMA
Uriah Hall has said that his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) was accompanied by a “deep despair” that included thoughts of suicide.
After a public workout for his first professional boxing bout, which will take place this Saturday against Le’Veon Bell on the undercard of Paul vs. Silva, the former UFC middleweight discussed a new beginning after having difficulty finding his identity after retiring from mixed martial arts competition.
“I spent the last 20 years of my life committing myself, my soul, to one attribute, and then all of a sudden, it’s gone, it’s taken away,” Hall said to MMA Fighting during a media scrum in support of the pay-per-view event held at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
The event was held to promote the pay-per-view event. “I found myself in some pretty dark and profound areas, but fortunately, I was surrounded by the right people who were there to help me.”
“When I say I was despondent, there was even a time when I glanced at my weapon and thought, ‘Wait a minute, if I don’t get out of this, I may go down a pretty dark road.'”
After competing in the UFC a total of 19 times, beginning with his stint as a finalist on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter, Hall decided in August to retire from mixed martial arts.
In the octagon, he amassed several high-profile victories, including a knockout victory against the former middleweight champion of the UFC, Anderson Silva.
Sean Strickland Had Just Defeated Them Twice in A Row
After suffering consecutive defeats at the hands of Sean Strickland and Andre Muniz, Hall’s career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) came to an end. Hall is sometimes seen as an unhappy talent.
On Wednesday, Hall entered the stage before his old opponent Silva and then spoke up about his difficult transition from mixed martial arts combat to boxing. Hall is now training to compete in the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
He remarked that if you do not have the appropriate support system, you would not be able to get out of it. “If you look at someone like Robin Williams and all those other types of people, you’re like, ‘How the f*** did you kill yourself?'” I got it. At that very instant, it all clicked for me like a f****** light switch.
Hall said that he was hesitant to speak about his troubles because he did not want to come seen as “weak.” He said that his exit from mixed martial arts (MMA) was influenced by “politics,” and he described how he felt “alone” and forced by expectations that he “had to be a man to get out of it.”
When he eventually did, Hall credited his recovery to the time he spent engaging in physically demanding activities. The ex-UFC fighter advised others who are battling depression to follow his example and reach out to a friend or family member so that they may speak about how they are feeling.
On Saturday, Hall is introduced to Bell, an athlete about whom he was completely ignorant. His sole response to the challenge was to say that he was “OK” with competing against a former running back in the NFL.
He said, “Honest to goodness, and I apologize for this, but I do not watch football.” “I don’t even watch my sport, you motherf***ers. The sport of figure skating appeals to my eloquent side of me, so it’s a good fit for me. But hey, every one of us is strange in our special way.
It is unclear what Hall’s next step will be in the world of combat sports; all we know is that he is trying to remain “connected to everything yet detached because literally, nothing lasts for eternity.”