Elvis Mutapcic, Rey Sefo and the New Jersey Athletic Commission Comment on the Cancellation of Mutapcic-Taylor at WSOF 5
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.14.2013
Drama at World Series of Fighting 5…
As previously reported, middleweight tournament semifinal bout between Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor was cancelled by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission due to reports that Mutapcic took unapproved prescription medication in the locker room. Here are comments from Mutapcic, WSOF President Rey Sefo and the New Jersey Athletic Commission….
ELVIS MUTAPCIC: "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."
THE COMMISSION: "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."
RAY SEFO: "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."
Thanks to World Series of Fighting for sending along the quotes.