As part of the World Series Of Fighting Middleweight Tournament at WSOF 5, Elvis Mutapcic and Jesse Taylor were scheduled to fight in the opening round. However, the fight was scratched at the last minute when the commission witnessed Mutapcic taking an unidentified pill prior to the bout. The commission couldn’t determine what sort of medication Mutapcic had taken, and cancelled the bout. During the broadcast, a member of the New Jersey Athletic Control Board spoke to the WSOF and explained what happened.
“There were some prescriptions that weren’t given to our doctors during the physicals and that weren’t approved by us, the commission. So since we don’t know what they are and what they do, we cancelled the fight,” the NJACB explained. “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 explained via a press release sent to Fighters.com that this was all a case of mistaken identity. The middleweight explained, “I really don’t know what happened, what she saw. 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 mistaken 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 explained that this was a first for him. “It is sad to see this happen. I’ve been in martial arts for 25 years and have never seen anything like this,” said Sefo. “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.”