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Yet Another Possible Explanation for Armando Garcia’s Resignation?

(‘Who’s up for killing some hookers after this?  Nah, I’m just joking.  Unless you guys are up for it.’)

Now that he’s finally done making a colossal mess of the California State Athletic Commission, Armando Garcia is threatening to become something of a Nixonian figure.  Not in the sense that he wielded an absurd amount of power and used it to attack the enemies he saw everywhere he looked, but more like there were any number of reasons why he should have been forced out, and regardless of which one you believe it just seems like a good thing it finally happened.

Could it have been the sexual harassment claims from an employee he had a romantic relationship with?  Could it be the efficiency with which he made California’s drug-testing and appeals process into the most questionable in the nation?  Could it have been the numerous fighters whose careers he needlessly meddled with?  There are just so many options.  Now there’s one more, courtesy of a press release from the bush-leaguers at New Era Fighting, who would also like a little credit for ousting Garcia:

IRVINE, California (December 1, 2008) – The recent resignation of embattled California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) Executive Director Armando Garcia apparently came from pressure applied after it was announced a year ago that New Era Fighting (NEF) was filing a  $500,000,000 lawsuit against Garcia, alleging a pattern and practice by the California State Athletic Commission of intentionally, willfully and viciously interfering with a licensed and approved event, which effected and injured New Era Fighting in the same or similar fashion as other mixed martial arts promoters, managers and fighters.
In addition to Garcia, the California State Athletic Commission, Frank Munoz (CSAC Staff Services Analyst), and the State’s Department of Consumer Affairs were also named in the lawsuit, presently in the investigation process for loss of revenues (past, present and future), film production, media exposure, credibility, television show, venue deposits, fighters and opportunity costs.

NEF was given a cease and desist order by the CSAC, issued only minutes prior to and forcing the cancellation of NEF’s much publicized scheduled tryouts on July 19, 2007 in Montebello (CA). The CSAC claimed Kort wasn’t a licensed promoter despite having approved his application, issuing a promoter’s license, and cashing his check in 2007 for the renewal of the promoter’s license.
The CSAC responded by announcing a review of NEF’s promotional licensing renewal, incredibly, 10 months after the CSAC cashed NEF’s check for its 2007-2008 promoter’s license, and two weeks after a legal claim had been delivered to the State.
The CSAC, under Garcia’s direction, has been linked to numerous improprieties including alleged corruption, superseding its authority, double bonding promoters, protecting or favoring specific MMA promoters, and unfairly treating some MMA promoters such as Kort.

Is New Era Fighting overestimating its own importance here?  Definitely.  Does this press release seem both opportunistic and little excessive in its claims?  Sure.  But at this point, I’m pretty much willing to believe almost anything negative about Garcia thanks to the flood of criticism that precipitated and followed his resignation.  

Was he just sitting around the CSAC’s offices, lighting Cuban cigars with hundred-dollar bills from his stack of bribe money while pinching the asses of female employees and spiking Sean Sherk’s urine sample with Nandrolone?  Okay, that’s a pretty awesome image, so a part of me would like to believe it’s true, even though I know the reality is probably closer to corruption and incompetence of a much more boring nature.  Which is why reality is stupid.


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tyler- December 5, 2008 at 12:37 am
What a piece a Shit! Thank christ this fucker is off the athletic commission.To think he was making decisions about people's livelihood when he was an emotionally disturbed bastard.
Anonymous- December 3, 2008 at 6:11 pm
This guy was a slimy fuck. Good riddance.
Peace is 4 reeeaaallllll- December 2, 2008 at 2:18 pm
Ca...Ca....Can't we all just get along?
google- December 2, 2008 at 8:08 am
Mike, you spelled my name wrong.
Boobs- December 2, 2008 at 7:30 am
Cr trinity.....something tells me that you need to get out of the house more. This is one of the best sites for the latest news on MMA. If you have a problem with it...then don't come to the site.
Start your own site with your own high brow MMA journalism...and you can enjoy that along with the other 6 readers you may get.

What stuck up people like you don't understand is that most people come to this site for news and entertainment. I guess you feel you have the right to judge them and CP because you think you a superior "truth seeking intellectual."

hahaha....get off your high horse and go get laid. loosen up.
Go find some Bill O'Reilly message boards to post on.

mike`- December 2, 2008 at 7:05 am
pinky to mouth...."five hundred...MILLION DOLLARS"


PS googledick theres nothing wrong with sherdog
google- December 2, 2008 at 6:31 am
cr_trinity why don't you go over to sherqueer if you don't like it. I love this site, it makes me cum everytime I read a article.
google- December 2, 2008 at 6:29 am
I heard that Sean Shrek had a 12ver, thats why he failed the drug test. It was so big and meaty, it was shooting out red hot jizz and melted the cup, which is a auto-fail.
C-Bus Allstar- December 2, 2008 at 6:02 am
Morality? In Journalism? You must be naive.
Jay- December 2, 2008 at 5:55 am

Come now everyone knows that moral journalism is just a myth. Kind of like women on the internet.
Whip Wilson- December 2, 2008 at 1:52 am
Kort? KORT? What a toolshed.
Anonymous- December 2, 2008 at 1:04 am

Tell us how you REALLY feel....
cr_trinity- December 1, 2008 at 10:19 pm
If only Cage Potato would highlight the corruption in the UFC. Like the Fertitta Acquirement of the UFC from SEG after SEG filed for permission to hold events in Nevada, and was denied entry by a panel that had as one of it's members Lorenzo Fertitta.

Oh, that would require both the journalist and his readership to be morale, truth seeking intellectuals.

You see the quandary don't you CP?

I look forward to the next Kimbo rumour piece, or picture of some MMA whore, or a piece like this one which is incredibly dated, and the obvious work of someone trying to maintain the facade of an MMA journalist, while not actually being one.
homegrowncone- December 1, 2008 at 10:06 pm
Are you serious? Dude this is OVER A YEAR OLD
Babalu- December 1, 2008 at 9:16 pm
I sooo want to party with those cowboys!
SP- December 1, 2008 at 8:33 pm
500 mill. That's it? That's all you're suing him for? Pretty weak.

i shit applesauce- December 1, 2008 at 7:37 pm
He actually resigned, because he fed a retarded child a frozen turd popsicle naked.
ilostmydog- December 1, 2008 at 7:33 pm
New Era Fighting was awesome. They were the org that featured Kimo Leopoldo and advertised themselves as 'combining MMA with sexy and dramatic themes' or some other nonsense.
Sean Sherk- December 1, 2008 at 6:56 pm
Does this mean I might actually get some fans now?

JOHNNY BOY- December 1, 2008 at 6:37 pm
B- December 1, 2008 at 5:56 pm
LOL at the 500 Million dollar lawsuit.

Have all MMA companies combined made that much money ever yet?
Beqwith- December 1, 2008 at 5:55 pm
As far as the "Sexual Harassment" angle, my sources tell me he was banging "Doubtfire" on the right.
Anonymous- December 1, 2008 at 5:38 pm
You'd think the fact a fight group no one has ever heard of is claiming they're going to sue for a half-billion dollars would lend one to think this press release is nothing more than a cheap attempt at getting publicity, one that Cage Potato and apparently no one else has bitten on.
Anonymous- December 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm
Thats funny cuz i light my cuban cigars with female asses, while pinching $100 bills
Bugsy- December 1, 2008 at 5:11 pm
im foist see... foist