Dennis Hallman was scheduled to fight Thiago Tavares at the UFC on FX 5 show tomorrow night in Minneapolis, MN. However, he was unable to make the 155 lb. weight class for their bout, and was subsequently fired by the UFC. The full story has not yet been revealed, but the information that has been made public so far is bizarre, to say the least.
During the Fuel TV coverage of the live weighin event today, Arial Helwani reported that Hallman had missed the lightweight limit by seven pounds, that Hallman and Tavares agreed to meet at a catchweight of three pounds above the lightweight limit, and that Hallman had subsequently failed to make that catchweight as well. Hallman later got on his Twitter account to dispute that version of the story, saying he had only missed weight by three pounds and had chosen to drop out of the fight for “personal reasons.”
Later that evening, Hallman confirmed to MMA Fighting that he had been fired, saying,
“They are cutting me. Dana [White] gave me my show and win pay to help me deal with the mountain in front of me. Now I have to go make weight a couple times on the regional circuit. I’ll be back to the UFC though, I always am.”
At this point Hallman has not said what the personal issues he mentioned are. Hallman also missed weight in his last bout, against John Makdessi at UFC 140 in December 2011. He weighed in at 158.5 lbs. for that fight, which took place at a catchweight and ended in a submission victory for Hallman. His record currently contains 51 wins, 14 losses, 2 draws and 1 no contest.