Elvis Mutapcic Gets Own Drug Test Done Following WSOF 5 Fight Being Scratched
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.15.2013
He's planning on suing the New Jersey Athletic Control Board...
Elvis Mutapcic, Ray Sefo and a New Jersey Athletic Control Board rep spoke with MMAjunkie last night after Mutapcic's fight against Jesse Taylor at WSOF 5 was scratched due to a woman on the commission claiming she saw Mutapcic taking a pill. Mutapcic says the woman confused him for his manager, who was taking his heart medication, and got his own drug test done during the show to prove he was clean. Check out the highlights:
NJAC Representative on Mutapcic being scratched: "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 canceled 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."
Mutapcic on getting a second drug test done on his own during the event: "I was told it wouldn't be a bad idea going to get a drug test after we left here, and even before the co-main event started we were on our way to the emergency room to get another drug test and prove I didn't take anything. I plan on suing the New Jersey athletic commission for everything they've got. Right after they told us we couldn't fight, I said I'd take another drug test from (the commission). And they said, 'Oh, we don't have any drug tests, but we won't suspend you.' So I wanted to go out of my way to clear my name and prove I never took anything. I'm a hard-working fighter who works his ass off, and I don't want to be discredited."
On having his manager as one of his cornermen complicating things: "I made the mistake of having my manager in the corner and him not being aware of all the rules of something like that. That's on me. But they never asked me if I took anything. She then changed her story later on. She said he, as in my manager, took it. She went back and forth changing her story. I felt disrespected by the New Jersey athletic commission because no one once asked me if I took anything. It's one of those things that's really hard to understand. We worked our ass off for eight or 10 weeks, and right before we go in the cage we get pulled off."
WSOF chariman Rey Sefo on both fighters being paid for the scratched fight: "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 fighter's manager, both fighters will receive their show money."