A staple in the world of athletic commissions, Keith Kizer was the executive director of the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas.
The news was first reported via Twitter by Brett Okamoto of ESPN:
Just received email, Keith Kizer is leaving his role as NSAC executive director for Attorney’s General Office effective Jan. 27.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 11, 2014
Kizer has been at the helm of some of the biggest controversies and events in Las Vegas. Just this year, Kizer dealt with such controversies as the scoring for the Mayweather vs. Canelo bout and the Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks title fight. The former was ruled a majority decision although the fight seemed rather one sided while the latter was given to the champion after the majority of viewers scored the fight for the challenger, Hendricks.
Kizer is reportedly stepping down to go back to serving the Attorney General’s office, the position he held before joining the NSAC.
He will officially relinquish his post in the NSAC on January 27th. He joined the commission in 1997 and took over for Marc Ratner as Executive Director who left to assume a position with the UFC in 2006.
The next major UFC event to be held in Las Vegas will be UFC 170 on February 22nd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar said that they will conduct a national search for a replacement.
“I don’t see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us,” Kizer told Bleacher Report in an interview regarding Vitor Belfort fighting Chris Weidman in Las Vegas for the middleweight title. With Kizer out, the controversial use of testosterone use exemption may be something that Belfort could get with ease now that Kizer will be out of office. Kizer held a strict stance on drug testing in the state.