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Pennsylvania Athletic Commission Denies Walker As Opponent For Cherico:
Pennsylvania Athletic Commission Denies Walker As Opponent For Cherico
Let me start by saying that I have always had bad luck, but since I recently decided to start putting together MMA events in the same market that I came up in, I have since run into some extraordinarily bad luck.
Allow me to explain my musings.
The great state of Pa's athletic commission, and more specifically Greg Sirb, is apparently so impressed by Mark Cherico's skills that he won't approve a recent UFC veteran and experienced fighter in Donny Walker (14-9) to challenge him at PinnacleFC June 29th.
Let me make sure you read that right. The commission is saying that at 4-0, Mark Cherico is so dangerous that they won't even consider letting him fight a former (And recent) UFC vet because they think he (Walker) is over matched to the point where his health is a legitimate concern.
Let’s break this down: 2 weeks ago, Billy Vaughn (11-15) (who is currently a sub .500 fighter and was on a 5 fight losing streak at the time) was considered game enough by the same commission to take on Cherico based on whatever factors they use to determine these things -my guess is a painted box turtle race, 3 out of 5 and it’s approved- but a few weeks later, a fighter with 3 times the big show experience, a winning record and a win over Cherico’s previous opponent is so out gunned that they won’t even consider the match up. What changed between April 20th and now? In my opinion, this fight was arguably the most logical step up in Mark’s career, maybe ever.
Yeah I know, WTF?
I have always graciously accepted the commission’s decisions but this one has me scratching my head. This is a tough business bros, not only do we have to try and overcome disgruntled team owners, slimy competitor promotions and the truck loads of injuries that come with the territory of the sport, but now we are attempting to work with our own commission who apparently makes decisions arbitrarily instead of with the best interest of everyone involved. And for the record, everyone on both sides of this fight has called and pleaded their case as to why this fight should happen.
Two steps forward and four steps back ladies and gentleman.