The New Jersey Athletic Control Board scrapped a WSOF 5 middleweight tournament bout between Jesse Taylor and Elvis Mutapcic due to a backstage incident earlier tonight. A commission official scrapped the bout after Mutapcic was apparently spotted taking medication in the locker room.
The NJACB issued an official statement on the matter, stating:
“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.”
Mutapcic denied taking anything in a statement from the promotion:
“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 [sic] 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.”
WSOF president Ray Sefo seemed incline to believe Mutapcic’s account and stated that both would receive their show money.
“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.”
It is unclear what the next step will be as this bout was supposed to name one of the two challengers for the newly minted WSOF belt.