Our own Chris Nelson posted the story late yesterday regarding former UFC fighter Sean Salmon's column over at MMAJunkie.com titled "Full-Time Fighter" in which Salmon reveals that a plethora of personal struggles and stress resulted in a bad decision at a June 3rd bout with former WEC fighter Allan Weickert:
I handled him very easily for the entire first round. He was able to land one very good elbow to my temple. I am embarrassed to admit that my first thought was that, "If he cut me and I can't go back to England, this is not worth it." How in the world could I be in a fight and think that if I got cut, it is not worth the win?
In the second round, I took him down again. He went for an armbar, I defended it (only to prove to myself that he couldn't get it), and then I put my arm back in to give him the win so that I could return to England, healthy. Just so you all know, that is the most embarrassing thing that I have ever admitted out loud.
Disappointment from fans was expressed within the MMA community over the course of the day today, but the Ohio State Athletic Commission found out about Salmon's admission of potentially "throwing a fight"... and they aren't too thrilled. Jake Rossen at Sherdog.com writes:
Ohio State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato told Sherdog.com/ESPN.com Thursday that Salmon was putting himself in danger of exile.
"I’m going to confront him with it," said Profato. "I’m not going to stand for this kind of sh-t. If he doesn’t print a retraction, then he’s out. I’m not going to compromise the integrity of the sport and have someone throw a fight. ... If I had proof, he’d banned for life in Ohio."
Rossen followed up with Sean Salmon regarding the issue with some big-time backpedaling from the former UFC fighter:
Sherdog: The passage causing controversy is when you say he went for an armbar, you defended it, then you put your arm back out there knowing he’d secure it again. You said you did that to "give him the win." Is that a statement you stand by?
Salmon: Not exactly. I’m certainly not backtracking, but I should’ve worded it like—I didn’t fight that armbar with everything I had. That’s how I should’ve worded it. He got my arm, put me in a tricky position, and I felt like I could’ve defended it, but in my head I was already quitting, already giving up. I had more fight in me. That’s the only way to explain it. I had more fight in me. I wasn’t done. Bottom line, I took the coward’s way out.
Sherdog: But people are going to say you’re backpedaling because of the controversy that’s come down.
Salmon: I can see why you’d say that. I’m setting the record straight. When I wrote that column, the last thing in the world I thought would be an issue is the armbar. I didn’t take the time to think it out and write exactly what I was feeling at that exact moment. I thought the focus on the article would be about putting your life back together.
Rossen is right: people will be saying that he's backpedaling on the issue, and this isn't a small issue by any means. From an early viewpoint, it looks like Salmon realized his mistake in openly stating that he gave his arm in order to keep his job with Wolfslair as a training partner to Michael Bisping and Cheick Kongo. This could very well get Salmon the boot from competition in the United States.
UPDATE (By Kid Nate): Zak Woods points out something else to consider:
For the record Salmon was a huge favorite in the Weickert fight pulling odds of -550 to Weickert at +325.