By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Former PRIDE and K-1 star recently informed the MMAJunkie.com website that he will not be fighting this Sunday at Impact FC 2: The Uprising in Australia.
According to the report, the Impact FC promotion refused to fly Sapp from Bulgaria, where he is located now, to Sydney this Sunday for the fight. The reason given was that the travel costs were not in the range Impact FC executives were willing to cover. Instead, one of the featured attractions on the company's second card ever is off the table just days before it was scheduled to go down.
Impact FC officials have not been available for comment as of this article, but keep in mind that Sapp has had a history of unusual problems with promoters that resulted in him missing advertised appearances, including fights, at the last minute. How Sapp's travel plans for a trip from Bulgaria to Sydney by this point weren't already established is a bit confusing, in this reporter's opinion. There's either more to the story or one side involved in this situation isn't the most responsible/organized businessman in the world.
As things stand now, Sapp's originally scheduled opponent, Soa Palelei, is without a fight on the card.
All of this comes off of what was a seemingly successful Impact FC debut this past weekend in Brisbane, a show that featured fights from such recognized MMA stars as Josh Barnett, Karo Parisyan, Sokoudjou, Jeff Monson and Carlos Newton.
Impact FC 2: The Uprising is scheduled for this Sunday, July 18, in Sydney, Australia, and features a main event of Ken Shamrock vs. Pedro Rizzo. The undercard features Paulo Filho vs. Denis Kang, Paul Daley vs. Daniel Acacio, Murilo Bustamante vs. Jesse Taylor and Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Jeremy May.