WSoF cancellation report refuted


BloodyElbow's Brent Brookhouse reported that the WSoF Saturday has bigger problems than a late weigh in. According to Brookhouse...

...there are major issues that may prevent the WSoF from taking place.

The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board had not approved the WSOF cage for the event by late Friday evening. There are issues with both the corner posts and the canvas that are holding things up.

WSOF will apparently be borrowing ring pads from a local promoter and has a canvas being flown in from Las Vegas. The main issue is that if the canvas does not correctly fit the cage floor, it could lead to a situation where the cage will not be cleared which would almost certainly lead to the cancellation of the event.

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New Jersey State Athletic Control Board Counsel Nick Lembo said that the cage had not yet been approved, and would be inspected tomorrow.

"The cage still needs to gain approval, has not yet," said Lembo. "New canvas to be flown in, and new post pads. Will check out tomorrow. Cage must still be inspected and gain approval after noted deficiencies are addressed."

Given that the WSoF inaugural show was a success, with all the attendant issues that have to overcome at any show of that size, there is every expectation that the cage issues will be overcome. In fact, Ariel Helwani is reporting via Twitter that Exec Vice President & Match Maker for WSoF says "the show is 100% on."

There is now official confirmation that the show is indeed on as scheduled.


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plastekt site profile image  

3/23/13 2:52 PM by plastekt

I'm sure there are issues with a lot cards that we never hear about. I guess for sites like Bloody Elbow which is a fine site but rarely break anything, they must have felt like they hit a gold mine and went with a sensationalist article. If MMA had a more thorough and established press instead of a rag tag group of bloggers this would be a minor blurb instead of a death knell.

HOLLYWOOD-MO site profile image  

3/23/13 12:49 PM by HOLLYWOOD-MO

Hi Caesar!Remember when you had several months to turn in your paperwork to the AC, in order to corner Diaz at UFC 158, yet you chose to try and take care of it the last day? Remember when they denied your application? Ya, that wasn't the commission denying your application on the last day. It was you failing to take care of your responsibilities for several months.

HexRei site profile image  

3/23/13 12:18 PM by HexRei

Well this is the UG Blog, Dana probably approved this thread headline

Primetyme199 site profile image  

3/23/13 12:17 PM by Primetyme199

Actually it was both of those reasons. The cage only had 1 door and the canvas was also a problem. It was a rough/gritty canvas that was not approved for MMA.

Bisping KOd by CHRIST site profile image  

3/23/13 12:17 PM by Bisping KOd by CHRIST

What a gunch of pant-shitters. I swear to god...

TheParrot site profile image  

3/23/13 12:13 PM by TheParrot

Agreed.  If the attorney for the commission actually said that, I'm way more inclined to believe him.  The WSOF has nothing to gain and everything to lose if they admit to having major issues. 

DoomFarmer site profile image  

3/23/13 12:06 PM by DoomFarmer

Jesus fucking christ

CV973 site profile image  

3/23/13 11:50 AM by CV973

It's a fucked up situation but props to Lembo. He is all about the fighters safety . He doesnt care if its NBC or not. Hopefully they can pull it off.

Steve4192 site profile image  

3/23/13 9:03 AM by Steve4192

He's not a dick, but he's not to let them half-ass it either. If the second canvas is the same size as the first, he's not going to let them fight in a cage where the canvas doesn't reach the walls.

siouxNYC site profile image  

3/23/13 9:00 AM by siouxNYC

No, they canceled that one because the cage only had one door. The canvas was fine.