In a bit of a surprising move, Keith Kizer has stepped down from his position as the executive director for the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The news was passed along on Friday night by way of Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The news made it’s way out to the public on Twitter.
BREAKING NEWS: Keith Kizer resigns as executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission effective immediately.
— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) January 11, 2014
He will be taking a job with the Attorney’s General Office.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has received plenty of criticism over the past year, especially following UFC 167 when Johny Hendricks beat out Georges St-Pierre in the main even for the welterweight title.
Outside of Kizer, the NSAC has four full-time employees, so you would have to wonder if one of those people would be the replacement for Kizer.
The real question now will be whether or not Kizer’s resignation means that middleweight contender Vitor Belfort will get a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy, which Kizer was hesitant to do in the past for fighters that had tested positive for steroids.