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Former UFC fighter Uriah Hall opens up on depression and suicidal thoughts after retirement



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Former UFC middlweight Uriah Hall. Photo: USA Today Sports

Former UFC middleweight Uriah Hall announced his retirement from MMA in August. At the recent media scrum ahead of his boxing debut, Hall opened up on the depression and suicidal thoughts that came with retirering after a long career as a professional MMA fighter.

“I was in a weird place,” Hall said. “After leaving MMA, man, I fell into a really deep hole. If I could talk about it, I fell into a deep depression. A lot of athletes, when you do something for so long, that’s what you identify as, you know? You’re a football player only or you’re a fighter only. People don’t see that when you walk outside you’re like, ‘Wait, there’s nothing else for me to do?’”

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Uriah Hall: “At one point looked at my firearm”

At the media scrum, Uriah Hall encouraged others who are struggling with depression to talk to someone about how they feel.

“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. So, it was some really dark, deep places, and luckily I had the right people around me to support me.”

“When I say I felt depressed, I even at one point looked at my firearm,” Hall said. “Like, wait a minute, I can go down a really dark path if I don’t get out of this. And people don’t talk about that shit.”

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