Kimo Leopoldo applies for Executive Office Position of California State Athletic Commission

UFC veteran and face of New Era Fighting, Kimo Leopoldo has applied for the Executive Office Position of the California State Athletic Commission. Most older MMA fans will remember Kimo from UFC 3 where he fought and lost to Royce Gracie, while at the same time becoming the first person to keep Royce from winning a UFC tournament. 

Kimo believes it is time for a change. In a press release received Monday by PRO MMA (, Kimo states, “There are so many areas of the CSAC that needs more organization including simple things that most people do in their everyday lives…I want to make things fairer and more reasonable for all members of the MMA and boxing industry.”

The position Kimo has applied for was last held by Armando Garcia who resigned this past year under allegations of sexual harassment. As for Kimo’s qualifications he had this to say, “MMA is in a fragile state in California and it needs guidance. I have had my ups and downs in this industry but, overall, I have 14 valuable years of real life experience in MMA and Kickboxing that nobody can take away from me.”

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Antonio Silva showing no fear of CSAC

Despite being informed by the California State Athletic Commission that fighting in Japan could mean the revocation of his license, Antonio Silva doesn’t appear to be concerned. The CSAC Assistant Executive Director, Bill Douglas notified Silva by mail Tuesday that discplinary action will be taken against the Brazilian if he were to fight at Sengoku 7. In a recent interview the American Top Team heavyweight believes fighting for World Victory Road in January will not be a problem.

No way. We’ve closed with Japan because I’m a professional, I have family, I have a very high cost of living and besides, I have to fight, be in evidence and now recently I’ve made further examinations that did not accept, because it was in a particular laboratory, but we’ll do another examination, this time along with a police officer for the Commission of Florida, and will go to the common justice.

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Interim CSAC Leaders Named

PRO MMA reported that Armando Garcia, the California State Athletic Commission’s Executive Officer, had announced his intentions to resign from his position.

The CSAC meeting where the commission would formally accept Garcia’s resignation happened earlier today in Los Angeles, California.

Dean Lohuis and William Douglas will serve as the operations and administrative leads until a replacement is found.

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Sexual harassment possibly behind resignation’s Michael Swann has reported the reason behind California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Armando Garcia’s resignation is sexual harrasment.

Garcia’s office has reportedly already been cleared out and he had the option of resigning or be fired.

The sexual harassment claim was filed by office technician Lily Galvez.

Swann also reports on Garica allegedly violating the 1996 Professional Boxing Act, collecting travel claim advances, accepting gifts, and informing outside sanctioning body representatives of fight scores in the middle of the bouts.

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CSAC Executive Officer Resigns

by: Matt De La Rosa

It has been reported that Armando Garcia has resigned as the California State Athletic Commission’s Executive Officer.

The agenda for the next CSAC meeting shows the resignation to be the fifth order of business.

Garcia, a former Florida boxing referee, served as the Executive Officer for over three years, beating out 75 other candidates for the position back in 2005.

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