Since Zuffa bought the UFC over a decade ago, their home base has been Las Vegas, NV. Each year they hold more events in Vegas and under the Nevada State Athletic commission than any other single location. Friday evening, it was revealed that there’s been a bit of a shake up in the ranks of the commission.
Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com announced on Twitter that executive director of the NSAC will be stepping down from his post:
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 will continue his duties as executive director until making the move on January 27. As of yet, they do not have a replacement for Kizer, but will begin the search immediately.
The UFC is next set to return to Nevada on February 22 for UFC 170. The event will take place in the Mandalay Bay Events Center and will feature women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey seeking her third title defense against Sara McMann.
UPDATE: MMA Fighting got statements from both Kizer and NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar:
“It’s time to move on,” Kizer said in a statement, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s time to go back to being an attorney.”
According to NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar, Kizer’s decision to step down was not forced, but one of his own accord. A search for Kizer’s replacement is already underway.
“The board is grateful to Keith for his nearly eight years of dedicated service, which included the commission’s strongest years with regard to health and safety and fiscal soundness,” Aguilar said in a statement. “My fellow commissioners and I wish Keith all the best in his new role.”
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