CSAC Adopts Appeals Timetable, ‘No Decision’ Amendments

By: Sherdog.com Staff
Apr 7, 2009



Seven MMA amendments were passed and adopted by the California Code of Regulations on Monday, according to the California State Athletic Commission.

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 Dong 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 10—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 evidence.”

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.

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