(Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)
Chris Wilson‘s month just went from incredibly awful to unbelievably terrible. As if getting home-invaded and robbed of all his valuables by Brazilian marauders wasn’t bad enough, the Team Quest welterweight now can’t even earn the money to replace what he lost. Bad, bad tidings from his blog:
After several months of training, tapering for the fight, dieting, traveling and even cutting half of my weight the day before weigh-ins my fight [against Brock Larson
] has been canceled. The Nevada State Athletic Commission did not approve some of my medicals and we couldn’t hussle them all out in time despite last minute physicals, blood tests, international conference calls and even a little prayer. No joke, I really prayed.
I’ve been told that I would likely be put on the earliest possible show in any slot that opens at welterweight. That is little relief since I was ready now and need the money but it will have to do. Mike Pyle
is stepping in to replace me at the last minute. Mike is a great guy and a great fighter and it’s nice to see him get in the UFC, just not at my expense. I wish him the best though because he deserves it and is a friend.
My apologies to Brock about the last second change and my congratulations on your new baby. Sorry again to my friends, family and fans. It is a very disappointing situation but I will be even more prepared for my next fight. When it rains it pours…
Sherdog passes along word that Wilson’s lazy-ass doctor was to blame:
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed…that Wilson was unable to complete the necessary medical paperwork for the bout in time. Kizer said the commission’s physician began contacting Wilson’s doctor, based out of California, about two weeks ago to get further verification on some documents already submitted. Kizer said the doctor did not return multiple phone calls, and the commission doctor also left a message with the doctor’s assistant. “There was no negative finding on Chris at all,” said Kizer, who called the substitution a “done deal.” “We were only requesting more detailed medical information.”
Damn, bro. Condolences. This MMA life is never easy — believe us, we know. On the bright side, Larson vs. Pyle should be a killer fight. You probably already know Larson from his his previous stints in the UFC and WEC, and his successful UFC return fight against Jesse Sanders in April. He holds an impressive 25-2 record (17 wins via submission), with his only losses coming against Jon Fitch and Carlos Condit. Xtreme Couture product Mike Pyle has fought for nearly every major organization outside of the UFC, racking up a 17-5-1 record (15 wins by submission) in the IFL, WEC, EliteXC, Strikeforce, and Affliction. He’s currently on a four-fight win streak, most recently defeating Brian Gassaway by armbar at Night of Combat II.