On the same day that the Association of Boxing Commissions passed a revised set of unified rules for MMA at their annual conference in Montreal, MMAJunkie's Steve Sievert spoke with Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer -- who quickly squashed the hopes of fans wishing to see the rule changes implemented right away.
While Kizer is a proponent of consistency and uniformity of rules for the sport, he doesn't expect the NSAC to adopt the revised regulations immediately. The NSAC typically reviews rules on an annual basis, with the next assessment expected next year.
Kizer also expressed some doubts over the modified weight classes, which would have light heavyweight division ranging from 205 to 225 lbs., and heavyweights from 225 to 265.
"I don't get that one," Kizer said. "I'm surprised by it. I need to understand the reasoning behind the change. I didn't think there was a big concern over how the weight classes were structured. This change creates a significant weight differential in the division and leaves only a 40-pound gap at heavyweight."
Nevada and California -- despite being two of the most active regulatory bodies for MMA in the States and two states which the UFC has frequented for events -- did not send representatives to the ABC conference.