Speculation continues over Seth Petruzelli's alleged "knockout bonus." If you'll recall, Petruzelli told a Florida radio station that he was incentivized to keep his fight with Kimbo Slice standing.
In speaking with SI.com's Josh Gross, Petruzelli later changed his words, claiming (A) he really meant that he was promised a knockout bonus, and (B) he was hung over when he did the radio interview.
EliteXC Chief of Operations, Jeremy Lappen, confirmed the revised statements. There was, indeed, a guaranteed knockout bonus, he said.
The problem: There was no knockout-bonus clause in Petruzelli's contract.
In a response to a request made by MMAConvert.com to the Florida DBPR for further clarification of that statement as to whether a "knockout bonus" clause was present in the contract, Florida DBPR press secretary Alexis Antonacci stated, "There was not a ‘knockout bonus.' There was a win bonus."
Antonacci also confirmed to MMAConvert.com that if sufficient reason is found to warrant further investigation of this situation, a new case could be opened by the Florida DBPR.
MMAConvert later updated its report after acknowledging that there may have been additional agreements that could have included the bonus clause. The site is trying to confirm with the Commission as to whether "it is possible that the clause Lappen spoke of is present on a document they were not provided, especially given the last-minute nature of the situation."
May the saga continue.
- Updated: No Knockout Bonus Included In Petruzelli's Contract As Lappen Claimed (MMAConvert.com)