The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation — which regulates mixed martial arts contests in the state through the Florida Boxing Commission — has begun a preliminary investigation into numerous allegations that EliteXC has been influencing fights, most notably offering Seth Petruzelli a bonus to stand and trade with Kimbo Slice.
Though Petruzelli ultimately won the bout, keeping the fight standing was seemingly a distinct advantage for the highly-marketed Slice.
Now, according to ESPN.com’s Franklin McNeal, the state has launched an investigation into the allegations:
…the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation — which oversees the State Boxing Commission — said Thursday that it has opened a preliminary investigation into the matter.
“While the Department of Business and Professional Regulation doesn’t have any reason to believe there was a problem with the Slice-Petruzelli fight, given the interest in it, the Department has begun a preliminary investigation to thoroughly review the circumstances of the fight,” said Jennifer Meale, Communications Director for the DBPR.