It looks like Australia isn't on "Sapp time."
Gargantuan heavyweight and entertainment personality Bob Sapp (11-6-1) today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he has been pulled from a fight with Soa Palelei (9-2) at "Impact FC 2: The Uprising - Sydney."
"Just like that," Sapp said.
The 6-foot-5, 350-pound fighter said he had assembled a training camp in Bulgaria to prepare for the bout and spent at least $10,000 on coaches, training partners, and living expenses.
"We had all the paperwork completed," Sapp said.
At the same time, Sapp wasn't shocked by the last-minute cancellation and speculated the promotion's ambitious schedule might be at fault. In the past, he required promoters to put his fight purses in an escrow account before he signed on the dotted line. This time, he didn't.
The heavyweight said his team plans to draft a formal letter to the promotion asking for reimbursement of his expenses. If that fails, he may take legal action.
"I'm not going to allow anybody to screw me over," Sapp said.
But today's experience left a bitter taste in his mouth.
"What I never liked is that I go to these other countries and they just treat fighters and people like crap," Sapp said. "It's just rude."
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