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VCURamFan
03-23-2012, 05:11 AM
Man, this sucks so bad for Brian. :cry:

Mar 22, 2012 - Former UFC welterweight prospect Brian Foster has been ruled out of Bellator's upcoming 170-pound tournament less than two weeks before he was supposed to make his promotional debut at Bellator 63, the organization announced on Thursday.

Bellator officials would not disclose why Foster (18-5) was not medically cleared to fight by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation.

However, this isn't the first time Foster hasn't been medically cleared to fight recently. He was ruled out of a UFC 129 fight against Sean Pierson last year after a brain hemorrhage was detected in an MRI. The UFC decided to medically release Foster months later.

Since then, he picked up two wins in England and Illinois and was set to debut for Bellator next Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.

Michael Mazzulli, the director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, also declined to specify why he would not grant the 27-year-old Foster a license to fight David Rickels.

"Unfortunately, at this present time," Mazzulli said, "Mr. Foster was unable to pass a certain medical that was required by the Mohegan Tribe by all participants."

Mazzulli said he requires every fighter to provide five pieces of medical information in order to get licensed. If a fighter fails to provide acceptable results in at least one of these tests, they are not licensed by his commission. Those pieces of medical information are:

* A physical taken within the last year.
* An eye exam taken with the last year.
* A baseline EKG test.
* An MRI or CAT scan.
* A blood test for Hepatitis B, C and HIV.

Mazzulli refused to disclose whether Foster failed his MRI or CAT scan this time around, however, Foster implied on Twitter moments after the news broke that he was dealing with the same issue as prior to the Pierson fight.

"I'm fine it's just the same ole (expletive) from last time. They just didn't get my release stuff in time or something."

Foster was not available for any further comment.

Mazzulli didn't mention any issues with the timing of the paperwork submitted. He only said that the results provided by Foster for one of the tests were unacceptable, and as a result, Foster has been placed on indefinite suspension by the Mohegan Tribe. Foster will only be allowed to fight there again if he provides a test result that is acceptable. Mazzulli will also suspend Foster for an undetermined amount of time and he said that he hoped every athletic commission would respect that suspension.

"I'm looking out for the best interest of the fighter," he said. "My concern is health and safety."

Bellator newcomer Jordan Smith will replace Foster against Rickles in the Season 5 welterweight tournament.

MattHughesRocks
03-23-2012, 05:14 AM
Whats the big deal? I don't recall him being very good anyway.Didn't he just fight a time or two in the UFC?

flo
03-23-2012, 05:40 AM
I hope he's ok. :sad:

VCURamFan
03-23-2012, 06:20 AM
Whats the big deal? I don't recall him being very good anyway.Didn't he just fight a time or two in the UFC?

He's a former H.I.T. Squad guy.

MattHughesRocks
03-23-2012, 06:25 AM
And? :laugh:

He's a former H.I.T. Squad guy.

Tyburn
03-25-2012, 09:05 PM
I feel really bad for him :sad:...I remember meeting him at the HIT Squad gym in 2009. :)

What I DONT understand, is how come when Thiago Alves has something wrong in his head, they have no problem letting him fight, but when Brian Foster has something, which sorta sounds the same, in his head they bar him from everything.

Lets be quite clear, IF Foster had a heamorage then its something you cant really hide, its a stroke, and strokes often leave you with blindness or impaired vision, slurred speech or the inability to vocalise, and quite often you'd be able to tell in a photograph coz of the lack of muscular control of the face. IF that had happened he should have been rushed to hospital and would spend like months recovering...so I cant think he's had a stroke.

IF they just found signs that he is liable to have one, then I dont understand how that is different to what they found with Alves. What I really wish the guy would do, is come out public with EXACTLY what is wrong with him. Then we could see if he really has a medical issue, or if some of the SACs are being difficult with him. We can find out if the UFC are genuinely concerned, or playing politics in some way.

amills
03-26-2012, 04:24 PM
Whats the big deal? I don't recall him being very good anyway.Didn't he just fight a time or two in the UFC?

You may not care, but I bet his family does...

rearnakedchoke
03-26-2012, 04:28 PM
Whats the big deal? I don't recall him being very good anyway.Didn't he just fight a time or two in the UFC?

well, considering he makes a living or supports his living by fighting, it kinda sucks that he can't get clearance to fight ... his health is more important though and i hope he gets better before he can fight again ...

Bella79
03-26-2012, 04:39 PM
And? :laugh:

Amen! lol.:laugh:

TENNESSEAN
03-26-2012, 08:30 PM
Whats the big deal? I don't recall him being very good anyway.Didn't he just fight a time or two in the UFC?
Yes, and he was winning. He made Matt Brown look like a chump. The UFC droped him over medical issues not losing.

Bonnie
03-26-2012, 08:58 PM
I wish we did have more information about what's going on, but I respect it's his business. From the article, Brian makes it sound like it was just a matter with his paperwork, but from Bellator, it sounds like there is something medically wrong.

I really hope Brian isn't playing the odds with his life. :unsure:

Praying and wishing for the best for him...

Bella79
03-26-2012, 09:07 PM
I wish we did have more information about what's going on, but I respect it's his business. From the article, Brian makes it sound like it was just a matter with his paperwork, but from Bellator, it sounds like there is something medically wrong.

I really hope Brian isn't playing the odds with his life. :unsure:Praying and wishing for the best for him...

That's why he frustrates me so much! He is always consumed with fighting he forgets about his health!! You said it very nicely. I come off mean as we know.. :ninja:

Bonnie
03-26-2012, 10:41 PM
That's why he frustrates me so much! He is always consumed with fighting he forgets about his health!! You said it very nicely. I come off mean as we know.. :ninja:

No, not mean, it is frustrating (and scary) to see someone possibly risking their life unnecessarily. I wish we knew what he's been told by the doctors and if he is ignoring their advice. I think for some of these guys who put so much into fighting, it's hard for them to think or accept that they might not be able to fight again. I don't know if that's the case with Brian, but if it comes down to that for him, his life is more important than being able to fight...at least in my opinion. :wink:

MattHughesRocks
03-27-2012, 12:47 AM
Good thing this isn't his family board or I'd be in trouble!

You may not care, but I bet his family does...

MattHughesRocks
03-27-2012, 12:49 AM
Too many one hit wonders out there. Seriously, there must be tens of thousands of guys out there fighting for a few hundred bucks a fight every once in awhile. Must have back up plan :punch:

well, considering he makes a living or supports his living by fighting, it kinda sucks that he can't get clearance to fight ... his health is more important though and i hope he gets better before he can fight again ...

MattHughesRocks
03-27-2012, 12:51 AM
I know! What's up with that :rolleyes:

:laugh:

That's why he frustrates me so much! He is always consumed with fighting he forgets about his health!! You said it very nicely. I come off mean as we know.. :ninja:

Bonnie
03-27-2012, 04:03 AM
Too many one hit wonders out there. Seriously, there must be tens of thousands of guys out there fighting for a few hundred bucks a fight every once in awhile. Must have back up plan :punch:

Yeah, for when life throws a wrench in the works. :wink: