STATEMENT FROM JEREMY LAPPEN, CEO OF THE WORLD FIGHTING ALLIANCE ON KIMO LEOPOLDO’S POSITIVE TEST
FOR A BANNED SUBSTANCE
Statement from Jeremy Lappen, CEO of the World Fighting Alliance
“The California Athletic Commission has informed the World Fighting Alliance that Kimo Leopoldo has tested positive for a banned substance and therefore is not eligible for his July 22 bout with Bas Rutten at the Forum in Los Angeles.
The WFA is a fighter-first organization, so Kimo’s disqualification is a disappointment for our entire family of fighters. But the positive test is a reminder that the WFA and Mixed Martial Arts is a professional sport, governed by the same rules as other major sports leagues.
This situation, while disappointing, validates the steps we are taking as an organization and a sport to ensure the integrity of competition. We are currently working to secure another qualified opponent for Bas so he can make his historic return to competitive Mixed Martial Arts on Saturday night. An announcement on the bout will be forthcoming.”
For more information on the WFA and “WFA: King of the Streets,” July 22nd at the Forum in Los Angeles, visit www.wfa.tv