by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Sean Salmon’s future with HDNet Fights is very uncertain after being pulled from two separate bouts for the organization, the most recent of which led to Tim Kennedy stepping in to face Jason “Mayhem” Miller as part of the co-main event for this weekend’s event in Dallas, Tex.
Guy Mezger, matchmaker and executive with HDNet Fights, spoke about Salmon’s inconsistencies since signing with the promotion some months ago.
“I think he makes incredibly bad decisions,” Mezger said about Salmon. “Sean’s a good guy, but he makes some very poor decisions and he allows his manager to help influence some of his most important decisions.”
Salmon was set to premiere with the organization during their debut show, but after a misunderstanding about his contract he took a fight in Finland that actually violated his deal with HDNet Fights and he was dropped from the card.
The 2nd fight for Salmon was scheduled to be the bout with Jason “Mayhem” Miller, but he ended up entering the StrikeForce middleweight tournament on short notice and was knocked out in his first fight that again forced him out of his scheduled bout for HDNet Fights.
“He told us he was fighting a different opponent, someone who I wasn’t really fearful of him losing (to), let along being knocked out,” said Mezger about Salmon’s original fight in StrikeForce. “He chose to instead go to enter himself in the tournament when there was an opportunity to do it, which he did not let us know he was going to do and which was not part of our agreement and he went and lost and so that’s where it goes.”
Now with a second bout that was affected because of an outside fight schedule, Salmon’s future looks bleak with HDNet Fights.
“I’ll be honest, he’s become unreliable for us so it’s really difficult for us to build in and around him with basically being irresponsible,” Mezger stated. “I feel it’s kind of irresponsible decisions, but he’s a good guy. We may look down the road to do something with him, but I think for right now we need to work with the guys who are going to work with us.”
Salmon was suspended indefinitely by the California State Athletic Commission following his knockout loss to Jorge Santiago at the StrikeForce tournament and must receive a doctor’s clearance before being eligible to return to action.