Mark Kerr and Edwin Dewees, both scheduled to fight on the main card of tonight’s Global Fighting Championships’ event in Connecticut, were removed from the card by the Mohegan Sun Athletic Commission.
Kerr, according to manager Ken Pavia, passed all of his physicals leading up to the fight and had been training diligently to face Sean O’Haire. During the routine pre-fight physical at the weigh-ins yesterday, results indicated that his blood pressure was elevated.
Pavia said that Kerr’s team requested that his blood pressure be re-measured with digital equipment, but that their request was denied and Kerr will not be allowed to fight tonight.
Dewees’ blood pressure also measured high at the weigh-ins due to severe dehydration following a failed attempt to make weight, according to Pavia, who also manages Dewees.
Pavia told MMAWeekly, “Edwin turned in all of his medicals last Friday and there was no indication of any sort of issues. He typically cuts a significant amount of weight to make the 185-pound limit leading up to his fights, but has fought professionally more than 40 times and is used to weight-cutting procedures.
“Yesterday morning, the day of weigh-ins, he was informed that additional medical testing was mandated. During the time that he is typically focusing on cutting weight, Edwin instead spent 5 hours in a doctor’s office, leaving him about an hour to cut 14 pounds.”
At the weigh-ins, Dewees weighed in 8 pounds over and was given two hours to make weight. After the two hours, he weighed in at 185.6 pounds. But due to the fight being for a title, there is no overage allowance and he was not cleared to fight, according to Pavia.
“Obviously, we are very disappointed in the decision,” said Pavia. “Edwin and Mark are very disappointed and were really looking forward to their match-ups and expected victories. We exhausted all of our resources to try and make the fights happen.”
Global Fighting Championships promoter Wayne Demilia confirmed that four fighters were not cleared to fight, including Kerr and Dewees, and that they are working diligently on the situation.
Demilia said they currently still have “six or seven” fights cleared for tonight’s event at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.