Originally Posted by atomdanger
This is the first time I recall hearing about them doing it in MMA,
does it happen often in boxing?
I wouldn't say it happens ALL the time, but it's fairly common for fighters at the tail end of their careers to be denied licensing for one reason or another. Evander Holyfield has had problems getting sanctioning recently, as have others. I'm sure it happens more than we actually hear about too, as some guys probably get told behind closed doors by insiders that they would be denied before they actually try and get licensing from the commission.
I honestly don't know if I agree with the decision in this case. I don't see why those two can't fight each other, and I bet that they could get the fight sanctioned somewhere else down the road.