The California State Athletic Commission has released some tweaks to it’s rules, and it includes a fix for that small loophole where fighters who test positive can now have their wins overturned. Here’s the interesting changes that relate to MMA:
Rule 227: Arbitration Procedures
This rule change formalizes the process for athletes and managers/promoters engaged in a contract dispute arbitrated by CSAC and the AG’s Office. Forms will be available online very shortly that must be submitted in order to request arbitration.
Rule 368: Change of Decision
This rule change states that a positive drug test will permit the Commission to change a victory to a “no decision.” This rule change will apply to drugs of abuse on a case by case basis.
Rule 389: Appeal Procedures
This rule change formalizes the process for athletes in an appeal hearing for a suspension or fine by CSAC. The community wanted it, well, the community gets what they asked for (a formal procedure for appeals written into California law spreading the time equally between both the Attorney General and the athlete’s representation). Forms will be available online very shortly that must be submitted in order to request an appeal hearing.
I figure the Arbitration Procedure thing is to prevent more Wesley Correira situations. The Change of Decision thing is just a no brainer, and it’s nice to see that the appeal process is slowly starting to get written out so that everyone that gets fucked by the commission has a slightly fairer chance to defend themselves.