Nevada State Athletic Commissionopen Forum On Mma
Nevada State Athletic Commission
Open Forum On MMA
Held Monday, May 21, 2001
By Lee Coates
May 21, 2001 at 10:05 "I don’t see anything that should stop us from putting this on the agenda and licensing these promoters here in Nevada," said Dr. Elias Ghanen, Chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Dr. Ghanen uttered these words after hearing presentations from the UFC, Pride, and Future Fight, as well as Frank Shamrock, Maurice Smith, and John Lewis, and Dr. Margaret Goodman.
The Nevada Commission was interested in a number of issues ranging from fighter safety, the use of a ring/cage, referee/judge training, style and weight of gloves, establishment of a "fight facts" type database similar to the one used in boxing, and the unified rules adopted recently in New Jersey.
There was a lot of time spent on the use of a "cage" versus the use of a ring. The UFC and Pride organizations both defended their choices. Dana White and John McCarthy reviewed recent improvements to the "cage" such as added cushioning, and flexibility. Yukino Kanda of Pride spoke on Pride’s change from a three-tier rope scheme to four tiers.
As usual, whenever Mo Smith is in the room he takes over the proceedings. Aside from providing lots of comic relief, Maurice related his 21 years of experience as a kickboxer, boxer, and mixed-martial-artist. He shared how at this point in his career, mixed martial arts was actually much easier on his body than kickboxing or boxing. John Lewis and Frank Shamrock seconded the opinion.
A second open public forum will be held this week in Reno, Nevada, then the topic of licensing promoters and sanctioning events in Nevada will be put on the Athletic Commission’s agenda and voted on. It was the opinion of most of the attendees that the Nevada Commission was open minded and favorably impressed by the presentations. However, until the vote has been taken and MMA promotions are licensed, nobody was declaring victory. Jeff Blatnick summed it up well stating "I have been onboard with this issue for a long time, so I will not count my chickens. I have a good feeling about this, but there is still a lot of work to be done."
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