Archive: Keith Kizer

Feb 5, 2014 6:12 am

Roy Nelson envisions a future career in politics

UFC Heavyweight contender, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, recently spoke with Bloodyelbow‘s Steph Daniels about his desire to have a future career in politics. His words: “I definitely envision myself in politics at some point. I was just looking at 2014 and 2016 tickets and what official positions are up for election. I’m good friends with...

Jan 17, 2014 8:48 am

So you want a job? Check out the listing for Keith Kizer’s Replacement

Have you ever dreamed of fixing the mess that is the Nevada State Athletic Commission? Well, here is your chance! Keith Kizer’s position as executive director of the NSAC is up for grabs after he suddenly quit. The job offers an annual salary of $97,901 plus benefits, not a bad gig if you ask me....

Jan 11, 2014 2:07 pm

QUICK TWITT | Veteran Ref ‘Big’ John McCarthy Laughing His A$$ Off At Kizer Resignation

Veteran Mixed Martial Arts referee, ‘Big’ John McCarthy, hasn’t always seen eye to eye with Nevada’s Athletic Commission director, Keith Kizer. In fact, their bitter feud is so storied that, despite his unparalleled credentials, McCarthy doesn’t officiate in the state of Nevada. With news that Kizer was stepping down from his position, McCarthy took to...


Jan 11, 2014 10:38 am

Keith Kizer Resigns As NSAC Director

Keith Kizer, the man who served as the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for almost eight years, has decided to step down from his role as the head of one of the most powerful and controversial athletic commission in the United States. “I’ve enjoyed my time with the commission, but it’s...

Dec 19, 2013 8:48 am

REPORT: Chael Sonnen Did Not Have Emergency Colon Surgery Before UFC 167

Contrary to what was reported earlier by TSN.CA, Chael Sonnen Did not have emergency colon surgery before his fight against Rashad Evans at UFC 167. The Executive Director of The Nevada State Athletic Commission, Keith Kizer, has the scoop. “I checked with the UFC. They verified with Chael and his team that he did not...

Dec 9, 2013 12:56 pm

The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale Drug Test Results: All Fighters Cleared

The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, which took place November 30 in Las Vegas, saw Julianna Pena and Chris Holdsworth crowned as the two “TUF 18” champions, as well as a spectacular knockout win for lightweight fighter Nate Diaz (shown above). The Nevada State Athletic Director has released the results from its post-fight drug screening, and...

Dec 3, 2013 8:09 am

Herb Dean Draws Referee Assignment For Silva Vs. Weidman II

Veteran referee Herb Dean has drawn the referee assignment in the UFC 168 main event, a rematch between former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and current champion Chris Weidman. In their first match, Weidman shocked the world when he knocked the dominant champion Silva out cold in the second round. Herb Dean was the referee...

Nov 26, 2013 9:32 am

Nevada Rep Explains Why Open Scoring Will Not Work In MMA

With all the recent scoring issues in Mixed Martial Arts, many have looked at an open scoring model to possibly repair today’s ongoing issue of erroneous judges decisions. Much like a basketball or baseball game, open scoring would allow everyone witnessing the contest (in this case, fighting) to visibly see each judges scorecards throughout the...

Nov 23, 2013 10:53 am

UFC 167 Fighters Test Clean For Banned Substances

According to Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer, all of the athletes at UFC 167 were drug tested, and all came back negative for performance enhancing substances and substances of abuse. UFC 167 featured a headlining fight between UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks, with St. Pierre coming out victorious...

Nov 20, 2013 9:46 am

Opinion: NSAC and UFC Share Blame for Bad Judging

The result of this past weekend’s UFC 167 main event between George St-Pierre (25-2, 19-2 UFC) and Johny Hendricks (15-2, 10-2 UFC) has been one of the most contentious decisions in the recent history of the sport. Most believe that Hendricks should have won the fight via a 48-47 score, and many believe that the...

Nov 19, 2013 7:33 am

NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer Believes There Is No Judging Problem In Nevada

Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer has been under fire recently from MMA personalities such as referee John McCarthy and UFC President Dana White. After Georges St. Pierre’s controversial title victory over Johny Hendricks, which left White and many other media members fuming, Kizer still think there is no real issue with the...

Nov 12, 2013 9:31 am

Keith Kizer Discusses Protocol Needed For Belfort NSAC Licensing

After showing improvements in his striking ability and diversity (evident by three straight knockouts via head kick), Vitor Belfort has seemingly positioned himself at the front of the line for the next crack at the UFC middleweight title after Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman settle their business in the octagon. However, a problem arises in...

Sep 24, 2013 12:11 pm

Referee John McCarthy Has Choice Words For NSAC Director Keith Kizer

“The truth is, Kieth Kizer is a person that does not know combative sports. He’s never been part of them. He’s never done them. He puts people [in positions] at times that maybe shouldn’t be put. You tell me why C.J. Ross said the Floyd Mayweather fight was a draw. Did you watch it? My...

Jun 25, 2013 10:18 am

Nevada Athletic Commission Clears All WSOF3 Fighters’ Drug Tests

By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA All drug tests from the World Series of Fighting’s latest event, WSOF3, came back negative, reported the Nevada Athletic Commission. Executive Director of the commission, Keith Kizer, released the results of the tests on Monday.  All 18 fighters from WSOF3 submitted to testing for performance-enhancing drugs with a screening for other...

Jun 7, 2013 4:24 pm

Brian Bowles Fails UFC 160 Drug Test with 20-to-1 T/E Ratio

By JAKE CHASTAIN | Brian Bowles was defeated by knock-out two weeks ago by George Roop at UFC 160. Following that loss, which was his second in a row, Bowles apparently failed his post-fight drug test horribly. According to an email sent to MMAmania.com from Keith Kizer, who is the Executive Director of the NSAC, Bowles failed...

May 23, 2013 12:56 pm

Roy Nelson Says Belfort ‘Should Never Get a License in Las Vegas’

In a recent interview with Bloodyelbow.com, Roy Nelson talked about UFC middleweight fighter Vitor Belfort. Belfort is coming off a huge KO win over former Strikeforce middleweight champion in Luke Rockhold with a spinning back-kick in the first round.  Leading up to the fight, both Rockhold and Belfort had a lot to say about the...

Apr 23, 2013 1:54 pm

With Recent CSAC Judging Mishap The NSAC Weighs In

  This past weekend, UFC on FOX 7 went down and was headlined by a lightweight title fight between defending champion Benson Henderson and former Strikeforce champion, Gilbert Melendez. The fight was a very close affair and most in my Twitter feed had it 50/50 with half giving close victories to the challenger and the...

Feb 12, 2013 12:07 pm

UFC NEWS | UFC Books MGM Grand For Memorial Day Show

UFC officials have booked the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to host their annual Memorial Day Pay-Per View event on May 25th, 2013. What is presumed to be UFC 160, is expected to feature a full card of 12 bouts, and could possibly be headlined by heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez defending his...

May 22, 2012 7:16 am

Chael Sonnen Approved For TRT In Las Vegas | UFC NEWS

By Jonathan Kirschner Chael Sonnen has been given the go-ahead by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for the therapeutic use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) after a brief hearing in Las Vegas this past Monday. The scheduled bout between UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will go on as planned at UFC...