WSOF 5: Mutapcic Insists He’s “Completely Clean” After Commission Pulls Fighter
By FCF Staff
World Series of Fighting and Elvis Mutapcic suffered a serious setback tonight at the promotion’s fifth event, as the middleweight was pulled from his fight with Jesse Taylor not long before the two were set to square off. The bout was supposed to be one of the semifinals in the promotion’s middleweight tournament.
Initially, WSOF tweeted the following when the fight was cancelled:
NJ Athletic Commission cancels the fight between @JTMoneyMMA and @ElvisMutapcic b/c they believe Elvis took an unknown drug back stage
The event is taking place in Atlantic City, New Jersey. More recently, the WSOF released the following quotes.
“I really don’t know what happened, what she saw. She might have been taking some medication, herself. I put in a good 10-week training camp. I worked my ass off. I know Taylor’s ready. I’m not sure if she misstated me for my manager, who has a heart prescription. He was the one that had it. We’re all dressed the same – same T-shirt, same hat. I mean, there’s four of us, and she’s pointing me out, that I took it. I say I’ll take a blood test. I’ll give a hair sample if they need it. I’ve got nothing in my system. I’m completely clean.”
“There were some prescriptions that weren’t given to our doctors during the physicals and that weren’t approved by us, the commission. So since we don’t know what they are and what they do, we cancelled the fight.
“We can’t take that chance to have that fight go off, so those things need to be looked at, and they need to be talked about. We just feel that we’re not going to have a fight in New Jersey when we don’t know what someone is taking.”
“It is sad to see this happen. I’ve been in martial arts for 25 years and have never seen anything like this. Elvis has been training for this fight for 10 weeks. But the commission has made its decision and we have to live with it. Because this was an issue with the fighters manager, both fighters will receive their show money.”