Before I start my rant I want to state that I am just venting and do not blame the Promoter or the guys at CMAC as I know they are as frustrated as I am.
I am always shocked when I go to these events and people no show or don’t want to fight or for that matter are unprepared to get in the ring but this one really blows my mind John Gilligan the guy my fighter John Sivori is scheduled to fight takes the cake for bone head moves on Sat night.
Friday I talk to Bruce and he asks me what my guy weighs because he just heard Gilligan will be a little bit over. They are scheduled to fight at 205 and my guy is 195-197 without cutting so we have him weigh in fully dressed with “heavy” pockets he scales a 204. The weigh is at the opponent gets “lost” and shows at around 7 right before the Athletic commission is closing up. We get him on the scale and he is 222 so after a 15 minute debate with the commission we get them to OK the fight We drove almost 4 hours for this event and sat around all day my guy could have cared less if he was 300 lbs he trained for the guy and wanted to fight. The opponent has not said a word up to this point about not wanting to fight. I leave the room to get me guy to start warming up and get his head into the fight and someone comes and get me and says the opponent is now refusing to fight. This is absolute unprofessional bullshit. If he did not want to fight why wait till the last minute. We wasted a day drove about 8 hours round trip my guy had friends buy tickets at the door after driving up from NY. This idiot should know the crap he put people through and promoters should know he is unreliable.
I appreciate the offer from the guys at CMAC to try and find my guy another opponent but my guy wanted to fight an opponent that was actually ready to fight not someone out of the crowd and the lady from the AC when I asked if it was an option said they were done and would not allow the card had more than enough fights.
Once again I am venting and do not blame CMAC or Bruce it is completely on Gilligan as a man is responsible for his own actions although as I told Bruce and honorable man would refund the tickets to the guys who came up only to leave before the fights started because their friend was not fighting and was leaving.
On a side note one thing I love about MMA is prior to the fights everyone hangs out in the same room before fighting each other and there is no bullshit. Any other sport and there would probable be fights before the event.