The California State Athletic Commission will formally accept the
resignation of Executive Officer Armando Garcia at a commission
meeting on Nov. 18 in Los Angeles, according to a notice posted on
the CSAC Web site. Garcia left the position he held for over three
years this week, Sherdog.com has learned.
The commission will also name an interim executive officer and
appoint a search committee to review candidates for Garcia’s
replacement on Nov. 18, according to the agenda notes.
Numerous commission-hired employees who asked not to be identified
confirmed to Sherdog.com on Saturday that Garcia had left the post,
but were not given details of his exit. Sherdog.com corresponded
with Garcia via email as late as Thursday to discuss the CSAC’s
decision to suspend the promoter licenses of Pro Elite and King of
the Cage last Wednesday.
Commission representatives declined to comment on Garcia’s
departure at a state-regulated MMA event on Saturday in Fresno,
Calif. Representatives said an official statement from the Dept. of
Consumer Affairs, which oversees the commission, would be issued
With nearly 20 years of experience as a boxing referee and judge,
Garcia was appointed as executive officer for the CSAC in mid 2005.
In his tenure, he was instrumental in the passage of MMA
regulations in California in late 2005 and oversaw the first
regulated event in March 2006 with Strikeforce “Shamrock vs.
Gracie,” which held the North American attendance record for one
year with 18,265 spectators.
Garcia was also at the center of the controversial steroid
suspensions of former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk,
Strikeforce participant Phil Baroni,
and most recently, in the one-year suspension of EliteXC
heavyweight champion Antonio
In an interview with BoxingInsider.com in August 2008, Garcia said
he had regulated over 500 boxing and MMA events in California
during his three-year tenure.
“Commission revenue the year before I took over the job was at
about $441K,” Garcia told BoxingInsider.com. “In my first year we
went to $1.3 million, the next one $1.6 million and then this
tremendous $2 million plus year.”
Garcia was not immediately available for comment.
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