MMAWeekly.com spoke with a represenative from the Florida State Athletic Commission and offered the following on Seth Petruzelli's comments about being paid more to stand and trade with Kimbo:
“We take Petruzelli’s comments to mean that he got paid more to move up in the card,” Antonacci stated. “Which is accurate and perfectly within the regulations. Because without someone, him in this case, stepping in to be part of the main event, the event would not have gone off.”
Antonacci said one or more Florida State Boxing Commission officials were present during the negotiations between EliteXC and Petruzelli, and had verified there was no impropriety.
“Our interpretation is that the comments made were in reference to the promoter asking him to join a fight that he wasn’t originally scheduled for,” she continued. “We don’t believe any wrongdoing occurred. That being said, if someone believes that wrongdoing did occur, they can file a complaint with the commission, with the department, and we will look into it.”