Keith Kizer taking suggestions for the improvement of MMA regulation

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

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.

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