During Saturday's World Series of Fighting 5 telecast on NBCSports, reporter Joey Varner made a startling announcement. A new Jersey Athletic Commission staffer reportedly saw a cornerman give middleweight Elvis Mutapcic a medication from a bottle containing several different prescription pills, as they were readying to walk down the aisle for the main card fight with Jesse Taylor. Not knowing what was in them, and with no record of a waiver or other form of approval, NJSAC counsel Nick Lembo cancelled the contest.
"There were some prescriptions that weren't given to our doctors during the physicals and that weren't approved by us, the commission," said Lembo. "So since we don't know what they are and what they do, we cancelled the fight.
"We can't take that chance to have that fight go off, so those things need to be looked at, and they need to be talked about. We just feel that we're not going to have a fight in New Jersey when we don't know what someone is taking."
Mutapcic said the entire thing was a case of mistaken identity.
"I really don't know what happened, what she saw," said the Bosnian American. "She might have been taking some medication, herself. I put in a good 10-week training camp. I worked my ass 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."
WSoF president Ray Sefo said the bottle contained six or more different pills, and blamed the corner for incometence.
"It is sad to see this happen," sadi Sefo. "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. Because this was an issue with the fighters manager, both fighters will receive their show money."