Mark Kerr grapples with Mike Whitehead at an IFL event in November 2006. Photo courtesy of IFL.
The California State Athletic Commission has announced that it has cancelled the World Cagefighting Organization event scheduled for tonight at the San Diego Sports Arena due to insufficent funds gathered by the promoters of the event.
According to CSAC executive director Armando Garcia, the commission was informed that the WCO and Valor Fighting, who were co-promoting the event together, would not have enough money to pay the fighters competing on the card.
Josh Gross of Sherdog reports that WCO officials attempted to apply for a promoter’s license but were denied since there would not be enough time before the event to complete the application process. A promoter’s license would have allowed the organization to pay the fighters at a later date.
Even more disturbing, Ken Pishna of MMA Weekly has learned that several fighters were approached and asked to sign a new contract that would have them being paid $100 and then the difference of what they were supposed to make at a later date.
The CSAC has stated that all fighters are guaranteed 20% of their set purse per the commission’s rules and must be paid by January 18th.
The show was set to feature a number of notable veterans of the sport, including Ricco Rodriguez, Mike Kyle, Joe Riggs, David Loiseau, and Wesley “Cabbage” Correira among others. Mark Kerr and Kauai Kupihea were set to clash in a heavyweight bout. The main event was scheduled to have Renato “Babalu” Sobral going up against Vernon White.
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