Queue the Vitor Belfort conspiracy theories, as Keith Kizer, the Executive Director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, has resigned from his position.
Those that know the name know Kizer as being the guy that said Belfort wouldn’t get a TRT exemption in the United States, and will also know him from receiving UFC president Dana White’s public criticism.
“The state athletic commission is atrocious,” White said at the post-fight press conference after Johny Hendricks was cheated out of a decision in Nevada at UFC 167. “I think they need to step in immediately before they destroy this sport like they did with boxing. It used to be the best commission in the world. It’s absolutely incompetence. I’m f— scared to come back here and do fights.”
Kizer announced the news via email on Friday, which also noted that Kizer will return back to the state attorney general’s office.
Kizer has been a member of the commission since 2006, overseeing mixed martial arts and boxing events in Nevada. He has been the face of the commission to the public eye during his tenure, and often took the brunt of the criticism and scrutiny when refereeing issues and drug testing issues came about.
Kizer did not say that the public criticism had anything to do with his resignation, and that he’s “just going back to lawyering.”
A search for his replacement has already begun.
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