It's been a few months since World Series of Fighting 5 took place, but the lingering memory of the unfortunate cancellation of one of the bouts from their inaugural Middleweight tourney will finally be put to rest tonight. The original match between Elvis Mutapcic and Jesse Taylor had to be removed from the card at the last minute due to one of the coaches in Mutapcic's corner having an unauthorized heart medication in the locker room area.
Tonight, the two fighters will finally have their scheduled cage appointment in Vancouver, Canada. It will mark the promotion's first of several planned events outside the US. I recently spoke with Mutapcic who discussed his opponent, the odd circumstances of the cancellation of the first planned fight with Taylor, and the falling out he had with Maximum Fighting Championship. Here's what he had to say:
I'm expecting him to be good everywhere. He's a really good wrestler that's always moving forward. He might be a little weak in his standup, but that may well have improved. We'll find out when he gets hit.
Maximum Fighting & Recycling Belts
I love fighting in Canada. It feels kind of like a mixture of the US and Europe. MFC did a good job showcasing my skills and bringing in good opponents for me, but we had a bit of a falling out. It was good and bad at the same time, working for them. Overall, the experience was good for my career.
He's (Mark Pavelich) the owner of the company, and always talks about being such a big promotion, yet he makes his fighters sign a contract that if you become the champion, even if you defend it, you have to give the belt back. I'll admit, I wasn't aware that was part of the contract, but it turns out that it is. He gets what he needs out of his fighters, for sure.
I don't know how you feel like you're on top of the world if you need to ask for your belts back. How do you ask your champions that fought well for you to give their belts back? Who does that? If you're at the top of the heap, you don't need to do that.
I didn't even get a new belt when I defended the title. It was the same belt. Other organizations, even the small, regional ones, will get a new belt for you when you defend, but not the MFC. Pavelich is definitely recycling their belts.
He went so far as to tell me he was going to contact the Canadian border officials and let them know that they have someone coming into the country that's not honest and this and that if I didn't turn over the belt. He called me a crook and left all kinds of messages on my phone. I actually was sent some additional paperwork requesting the belt back formally, too.
That was the only beef I had with them, though. Other than that, they were a good organization. I just figured that people should know the truth about the belt thing, because fighters like to have the belts for their collections.
The Great Pill Controversy
First, I have to thank WSOF for paying both me and Jesse for that fight. I don't know many organizations outside of the UFC that would pay they show money purses, so they deserve props for that.
As far as the New Jersey state athletic commission goes, and you can quote me on this, I think they're full of shit. I think they're backpedaling. They falsely accused me, and when they realized that their stories weren't matching up, and when they realized that, they started changing it up. When I asked for a drug test, they declined to give me one. When I went out and got one on my own, they said it wasn't detailed enough. They gave me a test before the show. Everything on the test before the show matched the one I had taken right after the show.
I think they could have handled that whole thing a lot differently. They never saw the medication while I was in the locker room. With the lady saying she saw me taking the pill, and then changing her story, I think she was the one that should have been given the drug test, not me [laughs].
You can follow Elvis via his Twitter account, @ElvisMutapcic