Former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight standout Mark Kerr is still scheduled to take on UFC 6 champion Oleg Taktarov in a “Master’s Superfight” this Friday in Atlantic City, N.J. during YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural show.
Kerr was announced as a late replacement by YAMMA last week but his availability was immediately called into question after the New Jersey Athletic Control Board stated it had not approved Kerr for the bout and had no intention of doing so long as he was under suspension in the state of Connecticut.
However, when contacted by FiveOuncesOfPain.com (www.FiveOuncesOfPain.com) on Tuesday, a representative for the NJACB indicated that Kerr has since been taken off the suspended list in Connecticut and is scheduled to face Taktarov on Friday, pending his ability to pass final medicals.
The NJACB also stated that former UFC competitor Ron Waterman has also be submitted and approved (pending final medicals) as an alternate for YAMMA’s single night, eight-man heavyweight tournament. It is uncertain as to whether Waterman will be an alternate-in-waiting or if he’ll compete in an alternate reserve fight.
The current scheduled tournament field consists of Ricco Rodriguez, George Bush, Chris Tuschscherer, Marcelo Pereria, Olexey Oleinik, Sherman Pendergarst, Tony Sylvester, and former IFO light heavyweight champion Travis Wiuff.
A second “Master’s Superfight” featuring Eric “Butterbean” Esch and UFC 1 competitor Pat Smith is planned as well.