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Keith Kizer Says NSAC Would Closely Scrutinize The Use of Both Bisping and Sonnen as TUF Coaches

(“Tap? That wasn’t a tap. It was Morse code for ‘You’re dead!’”)

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer is undecided about whether or not Michael Bisping or Chael Sonnen would be approved as coaching candidates for The Ultimate Fighter if either UFC middleweight applied for a coaching license.

Kizer revealed today MMAJunkie today that Sonnen met with NSAC and UFC officials three weeks ago to discuss remarks he made during his California State Athletic Commission hearing in December to appeal a suspension for high levels of testosterone found in his system in a urine test administered prior to his UFC 117 championship bout with Anderson Silva. During the CSAC hearing, Sonnen testified that he had asked for and received verbal approval for the his prescribed use of synthetic testosterone by Kizer — a claim Kizer flatly denies.

Well, it turns out the master of verbal warfare became a bit tongue-tied in the NSAC sit-down and instead of waxing poetically about how he mistook a Mexican imposter for Kizer, Sonnen instead spat out some cockamamy story about how he meant to say, “my spoke to Keith Kizer” instead of, “I spoke to Keith Kizer,” and went on to dig himself deeper by explaining that the “my” in the statement, had he have said it, would have meant “my manager.” Wait…What? They sure have a weird way of talking in the suburbs of Oregon. Who knew that you could communicate by using silent inferred nouns?

Needless to say, NSAC was not impressed by Sonnen’s posturing.

“I was very straight with him, saying, ‘That’s a ridiculous explanation.With his explanations, I don’t know how productive of a meeting it was. I really did expect a much more constructive meeting out of that,” Kizer said. “But it just wasn’t there. I think Zuffa tried; I know we tried. I put the blame completely on Mr. Sonnen.”

Anyway, Kizer says that if Sonnen were to be considered for a TUF coaching gig or fighters license in Nevada, he would have to have a formal NSAC hearing to, you know, actually explain his actions. Not only will he have to set the record straight about his accusations about NSAC rubber-stamping his T use, Kizer says he would likely have a few other questions to atone for, including his real estate money laundering charges and comments he made following his WEC 31 loss to Paulo Filho that referee Josh Rosenthal did a poor job officiating the bout and that contrary to video evidence from the show that demonstrates otherwise, he did not tap out to a second round armbar administered by the Brazilian.

“I usually just give that administratively to cornermen. But I will not do that for Mr. Sonnen. You want to criticize a referee and say, ‘I don’t think he did a very good job,’ that’s one thing,” Kizer said. “But to out and out lie about what happened in the match is a different thing. So I think that will get brought up as well because I’d bring it up.”

Kizer also mentioned that Bisping’s application would likely be looked at long and hard by the commission if he were to apply for a second’s license to coach on the show, given his unsportsmanlike conduct in his UFC 127 win over Jorge Rivera.

“They’re the coaches. I guess a little bit better term is a mentor of these young fighters on the show. Which, of course, begs a lot of questions, I think, when you’re talking about Mr. Sonnen, and maybe Mr. Bisping.”

UFC president Dana White was asked this week whether or not Sonnen was in contention for the role and was candid in his response.

“We have no clue who will coach,” White explained. “Chael has a ton of problems [right now].”

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Hesh to Steel- April 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Didn't read the article, but that caption is full of win.
IsnappedYourarm- April 6, 2011 at 8:24 am
Vegas was cool like 20 years ago. Now its a run down, cheesy,shit hole painted gold. Kizer is a wannabe celebrity attention whore. What a corrupt place. If you ruffle the wrong feathers the good old boys will lock you out. What a joke!
agentsmith- April 6, 2011 at 6:04 am
Goes to show you that athletic commissions are not courts/judges, there's no appeals process or anything like that. These guys are kings on their own little islands, and no matter how unreasonable and/or incompetent they are, your only choice is kiss their hand and beg forgiveness, or else face banishment to the Isle of Misfit Fighters. That being said, fuck a Chael Sonnen.
LOKI- April 6, 2011 at 5:46 am
Kieth Kizer, Dont be scared homey!
SnackDaddy- April 6, 2011 at 1:39 am
What pisses me of is that Sonnen and Bisping are given more press coverage these days than fighters who are actually fighting. Fuck these two douches.
Dynamo- April 5, 2011 at 11:51 pm
@RwilsonW That's part of the problem though.. That type of mindset. (In terms of Sonnen)
If something Sonnen said in that case Kizer knew was false he can call him out on it; especially if it was to do with him personally.. And how can you be a witness in a hearing you have no idea your going to be mentioned, much less as an alibi of sorts.

He just wanted a private, reasonable explanation from him.. Instead he gets a bumbling child that you can tell is fibbing. Obviously Sonnen doesn't respect him. (Sounds like Kizer feels that way) So now he's going to go out of his way to give him a hard time.
RwilsonR- April 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm
@ agentsmith - you are absolutely right. I know the commissions have reciprocity amongst one another in recognizing each others' licenses, suspensions, etc. That makes sense so that one fighter on suspension can't just go to another state to ignore their punishment. Ultimately that benefits all the states to have that recognition of one another's judgements. However, that cuts both ways. If you are going to recognize one state's decision to punish a fighter then you should also recognize that state's ruling on the punishment and not make that same fighter re-prove his case in front of you. If a fighter was given a six month suspension by one commission, they shouldn't have to re-try their case in a double-jeopardy scenario in another state where the infraction did not even occur. If Kizer thought Chael lied to the CSAC, he should have presented himself as a witness against Chael there, not punish him beyond the judgement of the CSAC again in Nevada when he has an agreement to respect the CSAC's decision.
And the argument about the Filho fight is just silly.
silvaupkick- April 5, 2011 at 9:28 pm
Many guys on the show need a mentor of how to be a showman like Sonnen, so he would be a great mentor. That commission guy is just pisses sonnen's small balls are still bigger then his.
skeletor- April 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm
@Pen Fifteen - I completely agree with everything you said. But I never noticed that you spell out "fifteen" and I can't tell if that ruins the joke or makes it better since it took me so long to notice.

@MRuss aren't the fights on TUF exhibition fights anyway so they don't have to report the results hence making them two 5 minute rounds? So why the fuck would the state athletic commission have any say in that? It's essentially an amateur match and doesn't even count on the fighters records. Essentially you or I could corner Karma on TUF and nobody could say shit about it, except DW who might suspend your media credentials... oh wait.
agentsmith- April 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm
@ RwilsonR:
As much as I hate Sonnen, I'm inclined to agree. I can understand him having a problem with Sonnen's "tiny balls" excuse for pissing hot, but this "keep my name outta yo mouth" shit is pushing it. And NOW he's gonna bring up shit from WEC 31? That was over 3 fuckin years ago, and since when is it such an offense to criticize a ref in the first place?
rolling_denver- April 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm
It seems fair to me. I imagine he'd ask the same questions to any other potential coach with the same track record. I can see how it appears that he's playing favorites, but there was nothing factually wrong with any of Kizer's claims. It even states that he would heavily scrutinize Bisping as well. I freely admit I dont know what the qualifications/rules are for a coaching licence, but I imagine being a convicted felon / pathological liar etc. might disqualify you.
halfbreed23- April 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm
lol @ those who are still fans of this douche.
RwilsonR- April 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm
I've never really had a problem with Kizer, but it seems like he is abusing his authority by overly scrutinizing a guy he doesn't like. Rules should be applied equally, not selectively based on Kizer's favorites.
RwilsonR- April 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Fucking bureaucrats! This was so much easier back when the mob just snapped their fingers and made things happen. So much for the "Zuffa corruption rules the MMA world" theory.
Mike Russell- April 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm
To coach a fighter in Nevada, you need a second's license. Without it, you can't be cageside shouting instructions.
Tai-Pan- April 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm
I agree 100% Pen Fifteen. Sonnen is one greasy, cheating and lieing douchebag, but Kizer needs to get the fuck off his high horse.
Pen Fifteen- April 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Yes, it is relevant, as far as him getting a fighter's license. I still don't understand the concept of being "licensed" to coach TUF.
Dynamo- April 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm
@Pen Fifteen

You forgot about making sure people don't cheat.. Which is relevant in the Sonnen situation.
Pen Fifteen- April 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm
Kizer clearly takes himself too seriously. Since when is it his job as a regulator to decide who is fit to be a coach on a reality show? And what the fuck is a "coaching license" anyway? The athletic commission is there for two major reasons: to make sure promoters don't fuck over their athletes, and to make sure people fighting are healthy enough to compete. They have no jurisdiction or responsibility to evaluate whether or not someone is a suitable "mentor."
intercept440- April 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm
@f taco heres what that would look like *cue the news music*

^ reporter: "charlie what we have is the fbi reporting on a fraudulent charitble organization by one time former republican contender in oregon and ufc fighter chael sonnen, for embezzlement and propigating of reproducing ben wah balls and selling them as testicular replacements without proper licencing"

Chael Sonnen " uhm no your completly wrong about those allegations alex, I was just using the benwah balls to catch the criminal using this orgination of this false front...what...what..?? your saying thats my charity there?? and your arresting me?wait it wasnt me i was just taking some uh uh petty cash to buy dan lunch so we could get keith kizer to make me a coach on the ufc tv show about a special on the danger of soynacotal repleneration techniques... im not guilty that cuban texas guy imposter did it...

or something like that... i really wouldnt have this guy coach anything although it would be highly entertaining
RSparrow- April 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm
OJ got away with murder, for christ sake let it slide. If the cup don't fit you must aquit. (Just this once)
mDino- April 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm
i cant even take this douche seriously anymore. he has zero credibility
Fried Taco- April 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm
Sounds like if these guys want to coach on TUF, they better start doing some good deeds. And no, Chael, starting up your own not-for-profit charity doesn't count.
instaism- April 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm
Chael's got 99 problems and his submission defense is one.