Former “Ultimate Fighter” star Uriah Hall says he considered suicide as a teen because he was bullied.
Hall told Foxsports.com that in junior high school he wanted to take his own life.
“The bullying just got to a point where it’s like, I gotta wake up tomorrow and look forward to this again?” Hall said. “I don’t want to deal with this sh*t.”
Hall became famous on “The Ultimate Fighter” for his devastating knockouts of two opponents. Hall knocked two opponents out cold on the show, which featured UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and perennial title contender Chael Sonnen.
Hall was envisioned to become the next big thing in MMA, but he didn’t even win the show, losing in the finals to Kevin Gastelum.
After a debut loss in the UFC, Hall bounced back with a knockout over Chris Leben.
Hall told Fox Sports about a day coming home from school in N.Y. A bully beat him up so badly on the bus that a different bully came to defend him. After the beating, jumped off the bus when it came to the next stop and walked all the way home.
“I got off the bus and I was about to kill this guy,” Hall said. “I was going to get a gun, get a knife and stab this dude.”
Hall said he learned to deal with it, and he never wanted to retaliate with violence because that wasn’t right either.
MMA fighters are in a particularly unique situation to deal with bullying. While the sport in years past has been perceived as uncivilized or “bar fighting,” most MMA fighters are well-conditioned athletes who know that fighting at its highest level is an art and science, and should not be used to intimidate or bully others for fun.