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Keith Kizer Denies that the Commission Has a Judging Problem

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Hendricks after the results are called at UFC 167, Photo Courtesy of UFC

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has taken a lot of criticism since the controversial outcome of Georges St-Pierre vs Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. Their critics include UFC President Dana White, who insisted that the NSAC is so terrible that the governor of Nevada should step in and do something.

“I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission is atrocious. I think the governor needs to step in immediately before these guys destroy this sport like they did boxing,” White said at the UFC 167 post-fight press conference.

When the current executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Keith Kizer, was asked by the YahooSports blog called Cagewriter, if there was anything wrong with the commission and how their judges observe fights, he simply replied, “No.”

Moreover, Kizer also repudiated the notion that the GSP vs. Hendricks decision was controversial.

“The media seems split on who won. The LA times scored it for GSP. All seemed to agree that Hendricks won rounds two and four and that St. Pierre won three and five. The first round could have gone either way,” he explained to Cagewriter.

According to Kizer, even if fans disagreed with the judges’ decision, that still doesn’t mean the commission has a judging crisis and needs to completely change the way fights are judged.

“Even if you disagreed with the scoring, how is that something to criticize the commission for?” he asked.

Kizer elaborated on this point by pointing out the strict training and evaluation procedures the officials undergo before judging fights.

“The formal part for us are the seminars we put together for officials where we go over things like judging criteria but also things like rules of ethics. Don’t ask for autographs, don’t sneak people in, etc. We go over fight films and discuss many things. After events we informally talk with officials as well about the calls they made and decisions they gave, reasons for doing so and we discuss things.”

Regarding White’s public comments bashing the NSAC as “the worst commission on the planet,” Kizer said the NSAC is “always happy to hear everyone’s comments and input.”