NSAC Chairman Francisco Aguilar explains why WSOF had to cancel two fights from Saturday’s card

World Series of Fighting 9 will take place on Saturday in Las Vegas and the organization announced yesterday that two fights on the card had been canceled.WSOF 9 Poster

WSOF President Ray Sefo announced the change to MMA Junkie and cited that the Nevada State Athletic Commission could not facilitate more than eleven fights. Sefo went on to state that the four fighters that were pulled from the card will be paid their show money.

Following this news, TheMMAReport.com reached out to Nevada State Athletic Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar on Wednesday for an explanation on why the WSOF had to cancel two fights.

“Thirteen is out of the norm and normally when we approved a date, we usually do not go over nine,” Aguilar said. “Nine is out norm and sometimes we will allow additional fights up to eleven. There was never a discussion of thirteen when the date was approved. To accommodate their request and to accommodate their needs, we did look at eleven fights.”

Aguilar also confirmed that the drug test result of Rousimar Palhares has not come back at this time and that drug test result is expected to be back before Friday’s weigh-ins.

With the two fights being canceled, the prelims on WSOF.com will begin at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT and the current WSOF 9 fight card lineup is below.

Main Card: (NBCSN – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
Steve Carl (21-3) vs. Rousimar Palhares (15-5)
Marlon Moraes (12-4) vs. Josh Rettinghouse (10-2)
Yushin Okami (29-8) vs. Svetlozar Savov (12-4)
Josh Burkman (26-10) vs. Tyler Stinson (26-9)
Mike Corey (12-3, 1NC) vs. Shane Kruchten (11-2)

Preliminary Card: (WSOF.com – 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-1) vs. Johnny Nunez (4-0)
Chris Gruetzemacher (11-1) vs. John Gunderson (34-15)
Sean Cantor (1-0) vs. Bryson Hansen (6-1)
Phil Dace (9-4) vs. Danny Davis (8-8-1)
Brenson Hansen (5-2) vs. Boostayre Nefarios (2-1)
Gil Guardado (2-0) vs. Jimmy Spicuzza (2-0)