The Nevada State Athletic Commission made headlines on an otherwise slow weekend in terms of MMA and news about the sport.
The NSAC filed a formal complaint within itself against former PRIDE parent company, Dream Stage Entertainment on Friday. The complaint stems from DSE failing to pay television broadcast taxes from the two events they held in the United States in the last year. The NSAC has stated that if the money is not turned over, DSE will have their promotional license revoked.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer has stated that even though Zuffa nows owns PRIDE, DSE is still responsible for paying the taxes. Kizer also said that DSE owes the NSAC approximately $60,000 and that attempts to contact them about the matter have been successful.
The NSAC also held an open forum earlier in the week in Las Vegas to field suggestions about any possible rule changes within the sport of MMA. Even though the public forum wasn’t very popular to say the least (only one person attended other than NSAC officials), Kizer has stated that he received a bunch of suggestions via email. The most popular subject was knees to the head of a downed opponent which Kizer says the commission is planning to review.
“First and foremost, we have to make sure that if that [rule] changes in that regard, can it be done safely?” said Kizer. “I don’t see soccer kicks ever being safe by the nature of the move, but knees to the head of a downed opponent – is it that different than elbows or punches to the head of a downed opponent? I don’t know, but it’s something we want to look at.”