Statement by S.Marcello Foran, CEO of Ultimate Warrior Sports Development
The UWC’s mission has always been to put on the highest level of professionalMixed Martial Arts (MMA) shows and help grow the sport by producing exciting, competitivefights featuring established veterans and rising stars. We rely on thestate’s official sanctioning organization, in the case of Saturday night’sfight at the Patriot Center it was the Virginia Department of Professional andOccupational Regulation (VDPOR), to provide for the safety and integrity of thefighters and sport by adhering to MMA’s unified rules and regulations.
We want fans, media and observers to be aware that the UWC has absolutely nocontrol over the selection of judges and the decisions rendered for each fightby them during the event; that responsibility rests with the sanctioningbody. Our organization put together, what we believe was the UWC’s bestfight card to date, and that our fans in attendance and watching around theworld on UWC Pay-Per-View at http://www.uwcmma.com wouldagree. To be clear, the UWC and all associated parties held absolutely noill will towards Chase Beebe in relation to pulling out of theoriginally-scheduled Bantamweight Championship Title fight he was undercontract for several months ago. We were as anxious as our fans to seethese two warriors collide inside the cage.
As many of you have communicated the night of and after the show to us, we tooare passionate about the sport and demand that all contests be judged fairlyfor the sake of everyone involved in the sport. It is critical for us todo everything in our power to ensure that the bouts we promote are judgedfairly and legitimately by the sanctioning body. As such, we are incommunication with the VDPOR and hope to receive a statement from them in theimmediate future regarding this situation.
The UWC looks forward to continuing its role as a positive and productive partof MMA and providing all our fans around the world with many more excitingnights of MMA action.
The complete show and fight card is available now at http://www.UWCMMA.com VOD – Video On Demand. We encourage everyone to watch this fight and the restof what was an amazing night of MMA action. We look forward to your thoughts,comments, and input.