“At one point looked at my firearm” – Uriah Hall details his ordeal with depression after MMA retirement


“At one point looked at my firearm” – Uriah Hall details his ordeal with depression after MMA retirement

Uriah Hall

Male depression is a real thing, and with the topic picking up steam in the 21st century, it has brought focus to the tribulations of male suicide.

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It seems like MMA fighters are also getting themselves involved in the topic of the age right now. When Paddy Pimblett took this issue up on the mic in London, he got a raucous cheer from the crowd, which appreciated his efforts to bring light to the serious issue.

Now, Uriah Hall, who retired from MMA this year, has spoken out about his difficulties with the disorder. Uriah Hall spoke to MMAFighting after his open workout – he is preparing for his debut inside the boxing ring on the undercard for the Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva fight.

He said, “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. It was some really dark, deep places, and luckily, I had the right people around me to support me.

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He continued, “When I say I felt depressed, I even at one point looked at my firearm, like, ‘Wait a minute, I could go down a really dark path if I don’t get out of this.

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Uriah Hall retired from MMA this year after an action-packed career

Uriah Hall (L) and Anderson Silva(R) pay respect to each other after the former's vicious TKO win
Uriah Hall (L) and Anderson Silva(R) pay respect to each other after the former’s vicious TKO win

It is great to see that Hall is able to find outlets to channel his energy, and his talents, outside of the octagon. Not every fighter gets the opportunity to take their trade to the boxing ring after their time in the octagon, so Hall must count himself lucky.

Uriah Hall (R) trains for his upcoming boxing bout against LaVeon Bell
Uriah Hall (R) trains for his upcoming boxing bout against LaVeon Bell

A brief look at Uriah Hall’s resume reveals that he fought only the best of fighters, despite never being able to get to the belt. Unfortunately, he lost his last two fights in the UFC, to Andre Muniz and Sean Strickland, respectively.

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However, let us provide a few names on the American’s resume – Robert Whittaker, Gegard Mousasi, Anderson Silva, Paulo Costa, Derek Brunson, Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum. Hall was first introduced to the world when he came in as the runner-up for the TUF Jones vs Sonnen season.

Best known for that spinning heel kick victory over Adam Cella, Hall was never able to actualize his potential to the fullest.

Nevertheless, Uriah Hall has incredible power in his hands, and this will, for sure, translate to a good career in the boxing ring.

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