Rules, sanctions, and governing bodies are in place to serve as a protective barrier between a mixed martial artist’s gladiator-spirit and decision-making when it comes to personal safety. Without proper training and oversight, the career of a prizefighter, such as that of Vince Murdock, can be negatively impacted.
Murdock established Sacramento’s Team Alpha Male as his second home in hopes of elevating his game to the next level. Riding two straight wins halfway around the world and entering his talents into India’s Super Fight League, the Michigan native’s forward momentum was stopped in its tracks while sitting on the stool between rounds during Super Fight League 2018: Tamil Veerans vs. Gujart Warriors.
After Krishan Rawat cut the side of Murdock’s head in the first frame—an injury that didn’t impede his ability to compete—the referee and cage side physician chose to call a halt to the featherweight contest. In an exclusive interview with MMA Today (link here), Murdock detailed the incident and mediocre, if that, business practices of Super Fight League.
“The whole things was a huge misunderstanding, and they didn’t know what they were doing. It felt like the time was running, and they just cancelled it because they didn’t know what the right answer was,” he recalled. “I didn’t have a cut that was affecting my vision; in fact, it was on the other side of head. The thing [cut] was as long as my fingernail. It was small, man…I thought that maybe it would be ruled a no contest, or maybe it would go to the scorecards.”
Of all of Murdock’s previous trips to the cage as a professional, both in the United States and Canada, he had yet to experience the level of dismissal that he received from Super Fight League’s head honchos, Bill Dosanjh and Amir Khan.
“But I lose the fight. Then, I go back there, and they [the promoters] told me they were going to fix it.” Days later, Murdock, as he explained, was no closer to any answers, “I don’t think they understand what this is doing. So far, they’ve just been giving me the run around.”
Unfortunately, Murdock’s story highlights how disastrous it can be to a fighter’s livelihood when the individuals in charge of matters—such as wins and losses—aren’t properly educated, though it also showcases the invaluable nature of transparency and proper communication:
“I come out here to a promotion that’s poorly ran, and they’re just going to play with my career like it was nothing. I wasn’t too mad at first. I’ve been trying to be cordial with them, and I’m like, ‘Look, what kind of steps can we take to fix this? What can we do?’ And so far, it’s been nothing.”