Calgary Commission On Hold While New Jersey Addresses Kim Couture Suspension

July 14, 2011
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The Calgary Combative Sports Commission on Thursday issued a statement regarding the sanctioning situation swirling around Kim Couture following her July 8 fight at AX Combat 1 in Calgary.

Couture was allowed to fight while she was under suspension by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board for a Ring of Combat bout last October. The medical suspension was still in effect because the NJSACB had not yet received the necessary medical documentation, believed to be a CT scan, to release her from the suspension.

“The Calgary Combative Sports Commission would advise that Ms. Couture complied with all the medical and licensing requirements as set forth in Bylaw 53M2006 of the City of Calgary to compete in the Friday, July 8 combative sports event held at the Telus Convention Centre,” read Thursday’s statement explaining the current status of the situation. “She provided all the medical documentation required by the Commission including clearance from her doctor to fight.

“That being said, there is another matter to be addressed. While we are not bound by law, it is protocol to honor suspensions issued by Commissions from other jurisdictions. This is something Calgary supports and makes every effort to adhere to. Substantial effort was made by the New Jersey Athletic Control Board to assist the Calgary Combative Sports Commission in an attempt to clear up the outstanding requirements of the suspension issued in October of 2010 to Ms. Couture. We fully appreciate the extra effort put forth by members of the New Jersey Control Board to assist us in attempting to resolve this matter.

“Following the above noted efforts, a misunderstanding between the Calgary Combative Sports Commission and Ms. Couture’s arose when she believed the matter had ultimately been resolved.

“That turned out not to be the case, the paperwork provided by Ms. Couture’s doctor’s office did not meet with the very specific requirements stipulated by the New Jersey Athletic Control Board to allow their suspension to be lifted. Ms Couture is in the process of resolving those outstanding issues.”

Nick Lembo, counsel for the NJSACB, informed MMAWeekly.com that once they have the proper CT scan, it will be verified and filed by the commission’s medical clerk. After verification, it will be sent for review and approval from the physician that initiated the suspension. If the physician approves clearance, the medical suspension will then be lifted.

Lembo did advise, however, that, “Kim will likely face a disciplinary suspension after clearing her medical suspension for fighting under suspension.”

The Calgary commission will then have to decide if they will take any further action against Couture.

In a separate matter, the Calgary commission is also reviewing the end of Couture’s fight, where many people that saw the finish believe that the referee was slow in recognizing that Couture was unconscious and slow in stopping the fight.

(MMAWeekly.com‘s Damon Martin contributed to this report.)


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