Keith Kizer taking suggestions for the improvement of MMA regulation

by Steven Marrocco | source:

Mixed Martial Arts rests on a vast system of Regulation that is nearly invisible to the average fan. Unlike all other sports in North America, combat sport, notably MMA and professional boxing, are regulated by the government, at the State, Provincial, Tribal, and Municipal levels.

One of the most influential and respected regulators in the world is the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Keith Kizer, and he wants to know what changes you would like to see in Mixed Martial Arts.

You can email him at In addition, he is holding an open meeting to solicit public suggestions at 9:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The official statement calls for a meeting "to solicit comments from interested persons on any matter related to contests or exhibitions of unarmed combat, or any other matter within the jurisdiction of the NSAC."

Or, as Kizer told, it "is pretty much a glorified public comment session, where anyone and everyone who wants to put ideas out there for the commission to consider, we definitely welcome that."

"I'm sure there will be some good ideas from the public, I'm sure there will be some not-so-good ideas from the public, but we want to hear them all."

"A few years ago, we changed the reg to allow the commission to change a win by a steroid user to a 'no contest'. We changed it so you don't have a title fight to have a five-rounder. Sometimes it's minor changes like the definition of something. It's truly very, very broad."

The best suggestions will be presented at a regulation hearing in the Spring, and will be open for public comment. A final hearing would be held thereafter, and the rule or rules will be voted on.

Read entire article...

MMA gear now available at the UG Store


Jaco Training Shorts

Jaco Training Shorts

Only $49.99

TapouT Ankle Bar Athletic Socks (3 Pack)

TapouT Ankle Bar Athletic Socks (3 Pack)

$14.99 $5.99


tags: Regulation   Nevada   Keith Kizer   

Get the MMA Underground app. for iPhone and Andriod devices.
iPhone Application Andriod MMA Underground Application

Recent Comments »

Haulport site profile image  

2/13/12 5:34 PM by Haulport

Yep. This is just like what happened with SEG trying to get sanctioned in Nevada:- The Commission asks if anyone wants to show up and make suggestions- Then back-channel let it be understood that they don't give a shit- No one shows up or even tries to change anything- When anyone says "How come nothing changed?" they point to the fact that no one showed upWhen SEG was trying to get MMA sanctioned in Nevada they never brought it before the Commissions (that Lorenzo was on at the time) because they were felt/told (depending on you source) that they didn't have the votes so there was no point in asking to have it put on the agenda, so now Lorenzo walks around saying he never voted down MMA because it never made it to a vote.LAUGHABLE

ChokeEmOut site profile image  

2/13/12 2:36 PM by ChokeEmOut

lulz...that dude doesn't give two shits about rule changes. Why change anything when it doesn't affect the NSAC just the fighters careers?It's all hot air to make it sound like they give a shit.

Tad Ghostal site profile image  

2/13/12 2:30 PM by Tad Ghostal


Uncle Justice site profile image  

2/10/12 12:55 PM by Uncle Justice

 I couldn't be more opposed to this stance. Why in the hell would you want to eliminate a tool that "can be used strictly" to cause damage, which is one of the (if not the) chief goals in MMA? As Haulport said, everyone against elbows should post the fights that were stopped because an elbow was used strictly as a cutting device. The number pales in comparison to elbows being used as a standard weapon.

Haulport site profile image  

2/10/12 12:23 PM by Haulport

That is an ABSOLUTE MYTH!!!There are something along the lines of 2 fights that were stopped due to cuts in 8 YEARS in the UFC, yet there have been something along the lines of 20+ fights stopped or fights changed because of CONCUSSIVE elbows messing up someone's head or just TKO/KOing them.PRIDE RULES + ELBOWS = REAL MMA!!!!!!!

Haulport site profile image  

2/9/12 11:38 PM by Haulport

Not a single thing he mentioned is more dangerous than plenty of legal maneuvers currently in the sport. There is ZERO scientific or empirical evidence that stomps, soccer kicks, 12-6 elbows or grounded knees to the head are more dangerous than, say, a plum clinch knee to the head or a standing head kick. As a matter of fact I have done correlative studies with data from nearly a thousand fights that indicate the exact opposite: standing head kicks, slams, plum clinch knees and cumulative punches to the head are FAR more dangerous than what is illegal.So unless you have scientific evidence that it is safer to spike a guy who is riding your back face first into the ground (which is 100% legal and just recently resulted in complete paralysis for a fighter) than to soccer kick someone don't say what you just said...

Captain America site profile image  

2/9/12 11:22 PM by Captain America

That is true, but guys like Jon Jones through elbows to kill. Hard to label a technique ineffective when guys breaking faces with it.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

2/9/12 9:05 PM by time traveling 12er

Redundant no?

Reed Rothchild site profile image  

2/9/12 8:38 PM by Reed Rothchild

No drug testing and Pride rules

abi site profile image  

2/9/12 8:29 PM by abi

an elbow can be used strictly for causing gashes....alotta fights get stopped because of cuts cia elbows. so why not prolong a fight??