World Series of Fighting officials are not happy with the way their fighters are handling the business side of MMA and taking action against it.
“We’re getting screwed,” he said. “I’m trying to put on a fight card and be nice to fighters, and now they don’t want to fight each other.
“I have to put WSOF first and everyone else second. No more Mr. Nice Guy.” World Series of Fighting President Abdel-Aziz said.
As we reported earlier, World Series of Fighting welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares has pulled out of his scheduled title defense in July 5 title defense due to personal issues. The replacement fight will be Jon Fitch is taking Jake Shields.
“Palhares was a piece of the puzzle, sure,” Abdelaziz said. “Am I upset that he wants to take care of his mother? Absolutely not. I wish him and his mother the best. This is what a good son is supposed to do: Take care of his mother. But at the same time, I’ve got at least five fighters – and I don’t want to put them on blast – but they do not want to take hard fights.”
It should be noted that most of the fighters that he is having problems with are ex UFC fighters who have a troubled past while working for Zuffa and the UFC.
“I’m getting sick of this,” he said. “If a fighter is not going to respect the promotion, he is going to be shelved for a long time. I will not release anyone to another promotion. Fighters must honor their contracts.”
The WSOF next event is WSOF 10 and it is set for June 21. As reported earlier on the website, Georgi Karakhanyan will defend his Featherweight title against Rick Glen and then David Branch will fight Jesse Taylor to crown a Middleweight champion.