Some of you guys may remember the fight we had with the WV AC awhile back when they tried to ban BJJ in West Virginia....
We won that case but the stuff that they are doing still has not stopped.
Tonight, one of our fighters was participating in a local "toughman" style event. He had won the first night and was looking good to win the whole thing, which was a big deal to him because the winner receives 1,000$ and the runner up receives 500$. However, he was told that he was being pulled from the event for previously fighting MMA.
He was told directly, "We really don't want your type here."
Of course, he questioned them pulling him because no one had ever heard of a rule like that. So, he was then told we have also heard you fought a Pro kickboxing match (not true).
Everything they did was BS.
The fighter in question has just fought three Am. MMA fights and has fought one Am. kickboxing fight. All of which have nothing to do with the rules of this event whatsoever.
After I was called at home with the news, I looked up the rules that the WVAC has posted and here is what it says:
Guess what... blatant lies by the WVAC once again.
Here are the rules:
45.1.Toughperson style contests shall be
considered semi-professional events.Due to the
unique nature of these events,the following
rules shall apply.Participants are not to be
considered professional boxers.
45.2.Qualification of contestants:
45.2.a.All contestants shall be at least
18 years of age or older.
45.2.b.Contestants cannot have any
previous professional boxing experience and cannot have over five sanctioned amateur bouts.
Of course, there is some more rules but none of them have to do with records, mma, or anything else.
Our fighter has never boxed PERIOD... am or pro!!! The bouts that he did have were all Am (MMA and kickboxing) and have NOTHING to do with this event or the rules set forth by the WVAC.
So, was he taken out because the commission hates MMA? I don't know but he clearly should not have been taken out, and considering their comments you have to wonder.
It appears that our state will give MMA, BJJ, kickboxing, and anything else that is not boxing (or toughman) as hard of a time as they can.
I don't think any martial art will be safe here for a long time.