Former WSOF champion Steve Carl was released by the World Series of Fighting this past week after an 8-month layoff following his loss to Rousimar Palhares.
Carl worked with his management team to get his release. In Carl’s WSOF contract there’s an inactivity clause that allows the fighter to be released if not offered a fight in 5 months.
After recovering from a knee injury, and being cleared to train at the end of August, Carl reveals he hadn’t been a fight by his former employers.
“This s**t was ridiculous, and it’s pathetic I have to go through this,”
“I’ve been trying to not be that guy, not to try to start drama or anything. But it kinda seems like nothing gets done unless you go to Twitter and start bitching. People start picking up on it, and then all of a sudden the company wants to start doing something.”
“When I began asking for a fight in August, I was asking for a fight at 185 or 170 because I knew they didn’t have enough 170-pounders. So I said I’ll fight anybody, any weight class, just keep me relevant, get me a fight, get me paid. And I asked for months just like that and got nothing.
“After not being able to get ahold of them for a long time, me and my management decided to go ahead and request my release due to my inactivity clause, and that was October 20. And immediately they tried defending themselves, basically saying I couldn’t go, this, that, and another. Once we settled that they were in the wrong, due to my contract, they have 15 days to fix the situation. So I mean, all they had to do was give me a fight. Maybe a little bit of money, but give me a fight is the biggest thing, and it didn’t happen. They went right back to just ignoring the calls and the texts. Today (Wednesday) was day 15, so we decided to go ahead and terminate the contract.”
With Carl now being a free agent, the door is open for the UFC to scoop up the former champion.
Do you think it will happen?