Big shake up is going on within the ranks of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) as Executive Director Keith Kizer has apparently stepped down from his role within the commission to join the Attorney General's office.
The news came late Friday night (Jan. 10, 2014) when Brett Okamoto of ESPN broke the news on Twitter. Per Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole, Kizer was the Assistant Attorney General before leaving to assume the role of NSAC executive director.
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
This news comes as bit of a surprise, though it wasn't entirely unexpected. Recently Kizer received a lot of heat because of the judging debacle in Mayweather vs. Canelo and the "controversial" decision in the UFC 167 main event between Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks.
For all the valid criticisms, Kizer was a major proponent of additional drug testing within Nevada. With Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hoping to hold Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort in Las Vegas, this announcement couldn't have come at a better time for the Vegas-based promotion.
Belfort previous failed a post-fight drug test following Pride 32. Despite this positive test, he's been granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). It is likely that he'll apply for a TUE for his bout with Weidman.
According to NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar, Kizer was not forced into making this decision and the commission will conduct a national search to find a suitable replacement.