California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Armando Garcia will formally resign from his position on November 18th at the commission’s next meeting, according to an agenda for the meeting on the CSAC’s official website.
The commission is also set to appoint an interim Executive Officer and form a search committee to find a replacement for Garcia at the November meeting.
Garcia’s unexpected resignation comes days after he confirmed that the CSAC had suspended the promoter licenses of ProElite (EliteXC) and King of the Cage, one of the final actions made during his tenure. He filled the post in mid-2005 and saw the state begin to regulate MMA later that year while its first event, Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie, took place on March 10, 2006 in San Jose and set a record for North American MMA attendance.
Garcia’s time at the post was not without controversy as the state also made headlines for the steroid suspensions of UFC lightweight champ Sean Sherk and EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva among others. Despite doubts about the testing procedures, both suspensions were ultimately upheld, though Sherk’s was significantly reduced.
No formal comment has yet been made on Garcia’s resignation.