Update March 8, 2017 – This weekend EBI hosted 3 combat jiu jitsu bouts. Andy Foster of the California State Athletic Commission confirmed this event required State regulation and that regulatory oversight was delegated to CAMO. As reported on the Underground, the Eddie Bravo Invitational, a leading no-gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament based in California, … More EBI To Add Limited Striking – Will Regulatory Barriers Arise?
Last year the California State Athletic Commission fined Alexander Shlemenko and handed him a three year suspension after “testing positive for steroids”. As previously reported the regulatory hearing left much to be desired from a perspective of due process and objective fairness. Shlemenko judicially reviewed the CSAC’s decision and in part succeeded by having his fine … More Shlemenko Doping Penalties Reduced – Full Judicial Reasons
As perhaps the leading jurisdiction when it comes to tackling rapid extreme weight cuts in combat sports, a practice which has led to notable injuries and even death, California has passed emergency rules adding much needed regulation and oversight to the dangerous practice. The new rules, which are the most robust passed by any US … More California Passes Weight Cut Rules for Combat Sports
Update – The CSAC has apparently suspended Tarverdyan for the three months and fined him $5,000 with Marc Raimondi reporting as follows ____________________ Last month the California State Athletic Commission revoked Edmund Tarverdyan’s second’s licence. As the head trainer and corner to UFC’s former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, among other athletes, this can have an adverse … More CSAC Hearing Sheds Light on Tarverdyan Licence Revocation
Update September 17, 2015 – Today Andy Foster of the CSAC was kind enough to call to add some clarity to this situation. Foster states that the names were drawn following Bellator’s last California event, that these were drawn by a CSAC inspector under his supervision. In terms of how the CSAC deviated from s. … More California Rules Being Broken For Bellator Tournament?
Update – July 21, 2016 – according to Ken Pavia Alexander Shlemenko won his appeal and is free to fight _________________ This week the California State Athletic Commission handed out a three year suspension to Alexander Shlemenko who tested positive for prohibited PED’s following his last Bellator bout. This is no doubt evidence of a … More Lessons From the Shlemenko Affair
The California State Athletic Commission has been one of the more vocal regulators about the dangers of Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts in combative sports. They continue to take action with the AC’s Executive Officer, Andy Foster, recently being grated permission to purchase a Body Composition Analyzer to use at weigh ins. In a meeting held … More CSAC Takes Further Steps to Crack Down on Rapid Extreme Weight Cutting
The one night elimination tournament is at the foundation of the history of modern mixed martial arts but the format has all but disappeared since the early days of the sport. Today, Bellator MMA announced plans to host a one night 4 man elimination tournament in California. Is that even legal in the State? The … More A Statutory Breakdown of Bellator’s Planned One Night Elimination Tournament
In the wake of Nevada’s recent decision to up the ante for doping violators in combat sports, California appears geared to do the same. This week California Senate Bill 469 underwent hearing and passed a vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Bill seeks to increase the California State Athletic Commission’s penalties for doping violations … More California Looks To Up Doping Penalties To 40% of Fighter’s Purse
California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster has been one of the most outspoken regulators when it comes to rapid extreme weight cut practices in MMA, an entrenched reality of the sport that comes with real dangers. Last year Foster stated that reform is coming to California and details of proposed reforms are now … More California Eyes Weight Cut Reform in MMA