Updated: UFC cancels contract to Woodbridge, Ontario’s Michael Imperato over reality show remarks

October 26, 2014

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Updated: UFC cancels contract to Woodbridge, Ontario’s Michael Imperato over reality show remarks



In an interesting turn of events and less than 24 hours after Woodbridge, Ontario’s Michael Imperato officially signed on to the UFC roster, the promotion has rescinded the contract.  Imperato made a comment on camera during the filming of the FightXchange in Brazil. Imperato’s debut fight was scheduled to take place at UFC Fight Night 55 against Aljamain Sterling on November 8, 2014 inside the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Official statement from Imperato’s Facebook account:

Thank you to everyone for their support and interest in my career. Unfortunately I have made some decisions in life years ago that are now affecting me. Thanks to a reality show that I was in where I made some stupid comments and of course people being jealous, I have just got my contract to the UFC cancelled.

To everyone that knows me personally I have nothing to explain, I have always been open hearted and would do anything to help anyone. I have never had weapons, drugs, never raped anyone, never killed anyone I bent over backwards for more people then I can count.

At the end of the day, when people are jealous or are hating on you for your success they will do anything to bring you down. I spent 9 years working on my dream and when it finally came to reality it blew up.

I don’t know where I will go from here but I am truly blessed to have the friends and family in my life that I do. Over the years, through this sport I met so many amazing, nice , and kind people.

You never know where life will take you and you never know when a speed bump or in my case a brick wall will pop up.

Thank you to every training partner I have ever had. Thank you to every tournament I have ever been to. Thank you to every gym that I have trained at. Thank you to my 10 year friend, coach, and mentor Sam Zakula. He spent years working with and opened up a lot of doors for me. Thank you to Xcessive Force FC for giving me a chance to represent their company as their bantam weight champion. Thank you to Pat Wilson who came into my life and got me a shot at the big show.thank you to chris x.And thank you to the girl who has been by my side though thick and thin. I love all you guys and I’ll never forget the great moments I had through my amature and pro career.

I never give up or lose hope but sometimes I guess it’s best to step away and let everything heal.

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