Sean Salmon has fought nine times in 2007 with five of those fights coming in the last two and a half months. If he wasn’t medically suspended for 45 days I’m sure he would have been thrilled to make it ten.
Obviously, Salmon’s much-publicized KO at the hands (or knees) of Jorge Santiago at the Strikeforce event has been the talk of the MMA world. First, discussions surrounded around whether Salmon suffered a seizure in the cage following the KO (Salmon and his agent, Ken Pavia, deny this claim). Then, there was talk that the California State Athletic Commission would ban Salmon from competing again. Suffering two highlight reel knockout losses in one year (the other coming against Rashad Evans at an Ultimate Fight Night in January) could do that to you.
The devastating loss to Santiago, a fight Salmon accepted on five hours notice, came at a particular bad time for the former Ohio State University wrestler. He was scheduled to face Jason “Mayhem” Miller in the main event of HDNet Fights’ “Reckless Abandon” card on 12/15. Obviously, due to the medical suspension, Salmon had to pull out of the show with Tim Kennedy now slated to be his replacement.
However, in light of all the controversy surrounding Salmon he is absolutely focused on resuming his career the moment he is cleared.
I had the chance to speak with Salmon about what really happened inside that Strikeforce cage two weeks ago, how he’s feeling and if he will now rethink his willingness to fight on such short notice.
Sean Salmon – 11/30/07