Keith Kizer Resigns As Head Of The Nevada Athletic Commission

The Nevada Athletic Commission is searching for a new executive director since Keith Kizer has submitted his resignation as of Friday. Kizer, 47, has decided to return to the attorney general’s office. He had been in the office before serving as counsel to the athletic commission in 2001, leading to his being hired as executive director in 2006. The resignation is effective immediately, though Kizer said he would be available to the commission for two more weeks if he is needed. The NAC said it will begin a national search immediately to replace Kizer.

Kizer released a statement on his leaving, heres what he had to say:

“I’ve enjoyed my time with the commission, but it’s time to move on, It’s time to go back to being an attorney. When they asked me to serve in 2006, it was with the idea of a five-year commitment. So I stayed a little longer, and I leave with no hard feelings.”

NAC chairman Francisco Aguilar spoke, saying Kizer was not forced out of his position and leaving was his own choice:

“I was surprised, I won’t deny there were some challenges, and we were working together to address those challenges. But I can assure you Keith was not pressured into his decision.”

In MMA, nine of the top 10 live gates took place with Kizer in charge, including the No. 1 gate of $6.9 million on July 7, 2012, when Chael Sonnen met Anderson Silva at the MGM.

“I think that’s what I’m proudest of, our commitment to fighter safety and trying to keep drugs out of boxing and MMA,

Golden Boy promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said he’s going to miss working with Kizer.

“It’s easy to criticize, but it’s not an easy job to do, You look at Keith’s record, I thought he did a good job. He didn’t allow mismatches, and he put the safety of the fighters first.”

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