Seven MMA amendments were passed and adopted by the California Code
of Regulations on Monday, according to the California State
Among the more notable additions, the CSAC will now have the
ability to adjust a fighter’s victory to a “no decision,” if they
are suspended for drug use. This identical rule was most recently
utilized in Nevada when UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan
was suspended for drug use following his decision victory over
Hyun Kim at UFC 94 last January.
Also, a one-hour maximum timetable has been assigned for fighters’
appeals procedures, which have manifested mostly as steroid and
drug suspension hearings in the State. Under the formalized
schedule, a commission representative and/or attorney general will
have 20 minutes to present his case, while the fighter’s legal
counsel will be allotted the 20-minute period that follows. Both
sides will then be given a 10â€”minute maximum each to rebut.
According to adopted Rule 389, “The commission staff bears the
burden of proving his or her case by a preponderance of the
Also, the CSAC passed verbiage that allows amateur and pro boxing
matches, as well as MMA bouts to be held in the same five-roped
ring at the same event.