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WSOF 2 Backstage Problems Exposed

World Series of Fighting’s (WSOF) second show didn’t start that smooth. In fact, the show was nearly canceled hours before the first fight was to take place according to Nick Lembo, counsel for the NJACB.

The canvas and pads that the promotion planned to use did not meet the standards required in New Jersey. Thanks to Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC), the show went on as they allowed the WSOF to borrow parts of their cage.

“I guess about 3 p.m. ET on Saturday is when I had done a final inspection,” said Lembo to MMA Fighting. “They had brought in the canvas from the first show and took the pads from Cage Fury.”

With the preliminary card starting at 6 p.m., WSOF cut it close. The day before, at the weigh-ins, there was another hurdle for the upstart promotion. WSOF didn’t have the proper medical paperwork and scale that needed certification. That caused an hour delay for the weigh-ins.

“There was a misunderstanding on their part about medical insurance,” said Lembo. “They had a misunderstanding that it had to be completed [prior to the weigh-ins]. They had the claim forms, but they didn’t have them fully executed for each fighter.”

The promotion attempted to use the same scale that was involved in their first show, but that was only valid in Nevada. Again, CFFC came to the rescue and granted the WSOF permission to use their scale.

WSOF 2 was on March 23 from Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.