Sunday, 19 June 2011 14:44
Last night's Asylum Fight League event, which was held outdoors, got off to a typically great start. The fighters all came prepared and fought hard and we saw some great action in the cage, which was centered on home plate at Lakewood, New Jersey's BlueClaws stadium. This was the Asylum's first show at BlueClaws and things were progressing well until the 6th fight. It was at that point that the humidity started to accumulate on the cage floor surface, making it too slick for the fighters to continue.
The Asylum staff, led by promoter Carl Mascarenhas himself, made a heroic effort in trying to dry the surface and make it acceptable. However, the slickness became too much to overcome and sadly the event had to be cancelled halfway through. The decision to halt the fights was not easy, but it was correct. The safety of the fighters is paramount in New Jersey, and if the surface is slippery it could result in injury. Nick Lembo, counsel to the NJSACB, consulted with ringside physicians and made the determination that the fights could not continue.
The fans were disappointed of course, as were the fighters and everyone else. Despite this, however, everyone seemed to understand that fighter saftey must prevail and made an orderly exit.
We will have more on this story, including an interview with promoter Carl Mascarenhas, in the very near future.
Here are the results of the bouts that took place before the cancellation.