I’m amazed. Literally amazed. After all the shit we’ve said on the site over the past year, I never imagined that shitting on an Athletic Commission would get me the most heat. People have been ripping into me on a variety of different websites, mainly over my comment that a digital sphygmometer wasn’t used. So okay, here I go to clarify my issue with the situation. My issue wasn’t that a digital sphygmometer wasn’t used … it was that the commission was so hellbent on flunking fighters that they weren’t even willing to retest fighters. Oh, and that they denied half the fucking card. Yeah, that doesn’t seem unusual at all!
Michael Mazzulli said in an interview with The Fight Network Saturday that a number of fighters flunked pre-fight exams taken after weigh-ins Thursday at the Mohegan Sun. He declined to detail which fighters on the nine-bout card failed their tests, which ranged from eye exams to heart rate exams to drug testing.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to discuss medical issues,” Mazzulli said. “I don’t think it’s fair. I look out for the best interest of the fighters.”
Mazzulli said it was initially his call to cancel the card because there weren’t enough bouts left after testing was done.
Okay people: let’s play a game I like to call “Basic Math”. If Johnny has 9 mixed martial arts bouts, how many fighters have to be denied medically to cancel the event? We’re talking a minimum of four fighters, and that’s if the fighters being denied are all in separate matches. So far we only know about Mark Kerr and Edwin DeWees. Everyone’s already saying it’s perfectly fine for Mark Kerr to be suspended because he has a history of drug use. Hell, even the Mohegan Sun commission head said this on the subject:
“I feel for these fighters that are in the twilight of their careers and may have made some bad mistakes over the years,” Mazzulli said. “But at least you’re going to wake up tomorrow.”
Yeah, that doesn’t sound judgmental at all.
Anyways, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a major MMA event being canceled because so many fighters failed medical tests. Considering the caliber of the fighters booked and their history of being cleared in other areas, I’m really interested in knowing the specifics of how so many of them were denied.