MMA in Georgia under temporary suspension

source: The Underground

The Georgia MMA fight community has been in an uproar.

Last week the powerful California Department of Consumer Affairs announced that former Executive Director of the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission Andy Foster had been named California State Athletic Commission Executive Director. Foster begins his new job Nov. 7.

While the state of Regulation in California is a shambles, under Foster's direction, revenue increased by 70 percent in The Peach State, and the number of regulated fighting events went up by 40 percent.

"We are hoping he can do in California what he did in Georgia in terms of increasing both revenue and the number of shows," stated CSAC chairman John Frierson.

However, California's gain is a huge loss to Georgia. For reasons that have not been disclosed, the Georgia Secretary of States office has yet to appoint an executive director. Qualified candidates have applied for the position, but none have been interviewed as yet.

David Oblas, promoter of the very popular Georgia-based Wild Bill's Fight Night series has details.

"Today in the GA Athletic Commission meeting they voted to delay the approval of all 2013 events," wrote Oblas. "This means these events will not be approved until they come up with another plan.

"The Georgia Athletic Commission wants to approve our events and is 100% behind us, but cannot do such at this time due to the Secretary of State office's DELAY or UNWILLINGNESS to approve a new Executive Director that has the knowledge to approve the fight matchups that us promoters submit. With nobody to handle that role, the hands of the Athletic Commission are tied.

"Since it realistically takes us promoters 60 days to work on event, it is highly unlikely that the January 19 Wild Bill's Fight Night (or any event after January 1) will take place.

"If you are a fighter, trainer or fight fan, you should be very upset with this news. Please pass along and help spread the word."

The word was spread, and things are looking up.

The Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission conditionally approved the remaining boxing and mixed martial arts events submitted to the state for 2012, and a new Director is expected to be named shortly.


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frankiscool site profile image  

11/6/12 3:14 PM by frankiscool

It's not done, but there will be some changes, imo. And yes, they should have had either George or Matthew Waller.  I hope they will at least be consultants and stay on working with the commission.

Stephen Eakin site profile image  

11/6/12 2:47 PM by Stephen Eakin

What we heard is that they haven't made any decision, and as such no fight cards will be approved until there is a decision. I've heard Matthew Waller and George Allen have both applied for the position.

FatBuddha site profile image  

11/6/12 12:15 PM by FatBuddha

damn, a Georgia MMA promoter who's a friend of mine just texted me "Unfortunately they have chosen to fill it from within. They gave it to a guy in Macon who is already head of several other agencies in a "cost cutting" measure. There was a Commission meeting yesterday and the Athletic Commissioners were none too happy".I thought I would be a strong candidate for the position as an attorney, Emory law school grad, former King & Spalding attorney, and with ties to Georgia MMA since the beginning (lived there from 1993 to 2009 and trained at most of the mma gyms/bjj schools - black belt from Relson Gracie). I hope whoever they got who also heads several other agencies has a passion for mma and knows what he's doing.

Tru site profile image  

11/6/12 11:58 AM by Tru

Andy is such a great guy.  I went to Iraq a few years ago to help put on the 1st ever pro MMA fight in an active war zone for the troops.  Andy foster was acting commissioner or in charge I should say of the fights in Iraq and did an exceelent job.

Morgz site profile image  

11/6/12 10:31 AM by Morgz

Would be interesting to have Andy Foster's input on how that went down.   I'm sure they will resolve it fairly quickly.  It just sucks that there has to be any delay at all.  Lots of fighters in GA wanting / needing to get their fights in.    

bravo13 site profile image  

11/5/12 10:36 PM by bravo13

Give this man the job.

SMACDADDY site profile image  

11/5/12 10:09 PM by SMACDADDY

Is there "more" to the story? Do they simply not "want" to fill Andy's position or are they just not decided on the right candidate yet? Or, do they want to kill the sport/revenue in Georgia? Anybody at the meeting with more info?

Nick Fury site profile image  

11/5/12 10:03 PM by Nick Fury

that sucks it.

BRINGTHAPAIN site profile image  

11/5/12 10:01 PM by BRINGTHAPAIN

I really do not see this being a long term thing considering the amount of money mma generates in GA.

Stephen Eakin site profile image  

11/5/12 9:05 PM by Stephen Eakin