The World Series of Fighting (WSOF) middleweight tournament hit a snafu yesterday. Moments before Jesse Taylor and Elvis Mutapcic were supposed to meet in the semifinals, the New Jersey State Athletic Commission cancelled the bout. A member witnessed Mutapcic take an unknown substance in his locker room right before he was to begin his walk to the cage.
Nick Lembo, head of the commission, made the official decision to cancel 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,” said Lembo in a statement. “We just feel that we’re not going to have a fight in New Jersey when we don’t know what someone is taking.”
WSOF president Ray Sefo said a pill bottle was discovered with at least six different types of medications inside which weren’t approved by the commission.
Mutapcic went to the emergency room and took a drug test after learning he was out of the show. He plans to sue the commission.
There’s no word if WSOF will attempt to rebook the fight. The other end of the tournament had Dave Branch get the decision over Danillo Villefort to reach the finals to crown the inaugural middleweight champion.
WSOF 5 was yesterday, September 14. It came from Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ with a main card that aired live on the NBC Sports Network.