(Andy Foster with his long lost brother Dana White and Beelzebub, Eater of Souls)
The California State Athletic Commission has been having an interesting year thus far to say the least. It’s been utter chaos since the Department of Consumer Affairs declared the CSAC insolvent and fired former head George Dodd. They replaced him with combat sports virgin Kathi Burns, who lasted a few months before running screaming from the job covered in improperly handled urine. Then the Association of Boxing Commissions (the commission of commissions) declared they were severing ties with the CSAC over unpaid fees and shoddy record keeping.
‘A mess’ doesn’t begin to describe the California State Athletic Commission. They were a mess back in the Armando Garcia days. Now they’re on their way to completely falling apart. Which is bad because California is kinda one of the main territories for MMA in North America. Fortunately there is now a small glimmer of hope that things may start to turn around. Georgia Athletic Board head Andy Foster has been revealed as the new CSAC Executive Officer and he’s got a lot of promising shit on his resume. Andy is a former MMA fighter, former promoter, and former head referee. He’s got over a decade of direct mixed martial arts administration experience, and fights the good fight:
Georgia Executive Director Andy Foster gave an impassioned presentation imploring his colleagues to use the best officials at their disposal. His Southern drawl in full effect, Foster hammered away at his anonymous targets, both in attendance as well as in absentia about the use of boxing officials to referee and judge MMA. New Jersey Commission chief Aaron Davis voiced his support for Foster’s comments.
Holy shit, Andy Foster for president! To finally have someone who not only knows the sport but how to properly administer it running the CSAC seems too good to be true. I look forward to finding out in a month or three that he’s quitting because they’re not letting him do his job.