Rumors have swept through the Underground forum at MMA.tv that Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s pay-per-view fight card scheduled for Friday, October 12 in Atlantic City at the Trump Taj Mahal has been canceled. The scheduled main event for the card is a heavyweight clash between Kimbo Slice and Tank Abbott.
According to Nick Lembo, the counsel to the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, the card has not been canceled. Lembo indicated he had spoken with CFFC promoter Felix Martinez in the last 24 hours upon hearing some of the rumors. He indicated that Martinez said the show was still on but there are some issues pertaining to the pay-per-view provider. Apparently a deal between CFFC and the initial PPV production company it chose to televise the event is no longer in place.
I attempted Martinez via phone and e-mail in order to make a request for comment but my e-mail was returned because Martinez’s e-mail box is apparently full and my voicemail has not been returned. Attempts to reach two other CFFC officials were unsuccessful as well. When I mentioned this to Lembo, he indicated that Martinez is busy trying to secure a new broadcast deal for the show.
I also contacted Bas Rutten for comment in regard to the fight since he trained Slice for his MMA debut against pro boxer Ray Mercer as well as prepping him for the upcoming fight against Abbott. According to Rutten, the fight is still on to his knowledge because Slice has been training with him every day in preparation for Abbott and has made no mention of the fight being canceled.
Updated: The Fight Network has contacted Martinez and according to the report, CFFC lost its deal with iNDEMAND after an investor backed out. Martinez feels the loss of PPV will be a cost cut and there are plans (but no details) to televise the event over the Internet.