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Mutapcic gets show money after WSOF pill snafu
Elvis Mutapcic received his show money after having his World Series of Fighting debut bout scrapped just beforehand Saturday by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission when an inspector reported allegedly seeing him take a pill from a bottle that was previously undisclosed to the commission.
That's a small financial consolation for something Mutapcic says he didn't do.
"I really don't know what happened, what she saw," Mutapcic said Saturday night about the inspector after his bout with Jesse Taylor was canceled. "She might have been taking some medication, herself. I put in a good 10-week training camp. I worked my [butt] off. I know Taylor's ready. I'm not sure if she misstated 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."
Mutapcic got a second blood test that night to prove he didn't take any type of pre-fight substance. He released his test results to MMA Junkie here.
"There were some prescriptions that weren't given to our doctors during the physicals and that weren't approved by us," the NJSAC said in a statement. "So since we don't know what they are and what they do, we cancelled the fight."
Mutapcic was supposed to fight Jesse Taylor in the semifinals of the WSOF's middleweight tournament at The Revel in Atlantic City. Manhattan's David Branch won a decision over Danillo Villefort in the other semifinal.
"It is sad to see this happen," WSOF president Ray Sefo said. "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."
The commission backed its decision on Sunday in a letter emailed to MMA Junkie.
In part, it said, "Simply put, there are substances which are permitted to be in the possession of the fighter and his or her corner; but there are a multitude of substances that are NOT allowed in the corner."
You can read the whole statement here.