(Someone was jealous of the attention her fighter friend was getting…Unfortunately she didn’t realize it had nothing to do with fighting.)
Well Kim Couture’s fight Saturday night just got even more controversial.
According to a report by MMAJunkie, representatives from both the Association of Boxing Commissions and the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board say that Couture shouldn’t have been allowed to fight by the Calgary Combative Sports Commission as she still has not been cleared from an indefinite suspension levied by an NJSACB physician after her unanimous decision loss to Munah Holland at Ring of Combat 32 in Atlantic City in October.
The New Jersey commission says it informed Couture that she was required to submit a CT scan that showed no breaks or fractures to her facial bones before the suspension would be lifted, but they still have not received the test results. According to both the fighter and NJACB legal counsel Nick Lembo, Couture did submit a doctor’s report regarding surgery she underwent in February to repair the broken jaw she sustained in her first professional fight, but Lembo stressed that the report was not a substitute for the required documents they needed to take her off of the ABC suspension list.
“Very late in the game, and the wrong paperwork,” Lembo said. “So, simply put, Calgary and Kim were notified that we were not lifting the suspension.”
According to ABC president Tim Lueckenhoff, both Couture and the CCSC are to blame, and as such, both could well face sanctions from the universal governing body.
“The Calgary commission should have required that New Jersey lift the suspension from the database before participation. I have a policy that if the database shows you are suspended, you do not fight until removed and I have written documentation in hand. Each commission who is a member of the ABC must review the MMA database before each fight numerous times to ensure that fighters are not on suspension. The database is there for everyone’s use, and to ignore the valuable information contained herein is criminal. Most fighters like in this case ignore this information and don’t worry about it until it is time to fight again. (I) think we as commissioners need to make fighters accountable. They are professionals, and it is their responsibility to ensure that they are medically cleared to fight.”
The Calgary commission is reviewing the late stoppage in Couture’s fight with Sheila Bird after the referee allowed Bird to hold onto a scissor-choke submission for approximately 10 seconds after Couture had gone unconscious.