While the foresight of CSAC (California State Athletic Commission) has caught the eye of the MMA community, no matter which side of the fence you’re on, for their vision to improve fighter safety with more regulation in regards to weigh-in procedures and weight classes, which was detailed in a ten-point plan as reported by MMA Junkie (link here), their oversight in other capacities often goes unnoticed.
Although the words pulling your eyes across the screen could be interpreted as slams on CSAC, ways to score points as if winning a round, the intent is to highlight, even in 2017, the sport of mixed martial arts—a sport nearly thirty years in the making—drags far behind the times.
In Episode 26 of the @norcalfightmma Podcast (link here), Tyler Diamond (8-0) appeared on, what was planned to be, a show designed to revisit a dominant performance over Nathan Stolen, an opponent who refused to fully wilt under excessive pressure, at Tachi Palace Fights 31 on May 18, 2017. Within the episode’s first few syllables, Diamond excavated for listeners how archaic the practices actually are of those in charge of ‘regulating’ and ‘standardizing’ MMA.
Days after the final bell rang at TPF 31 and Diamond was awarded immaculate scorecards from the judges: 30-25, 30-25, and 30-26, his eye, visible through NorCal MMA’s YouTube channel (link here), was still dark enough to act as a portal into another dimension. Immediately, Diamond cut to the heart of the matter with clarity, “Dude, Tachi pissed me off real bad. They need some help on certain things.”
Though Diamond’s finger pointed at the promotion, TPF, he was actually spearing CSAC with his frustration. At the conclusion of Diamond’s featherweight bout with Stolen (link here), viewers don’t require degrees to determine his eye demanded more than a band-aid. When Diamond made his way backstage to see a physician, nobody could have possibly imagined what he encountered next:
“Well…I got cut and needed stitches, and the doctor didn’t have any numbing solution.” Even if Diamond was willing to show his hardness and be stitched without applying a local anesthetic, it didn’t matter because, as he elaborated, “I didn’t get stitched up because: he only brought one needle, so he could stitch one person, even though three people needed stitches.”
For every inch of blame Diamond casts onto others, he’s willing to fall a mile on his own sword. During the interview, Diamond declared his level of fault in the matter by forgetting grease—a coat of Vaseline on the face to prevent cuts, but something as simple as grease should be at a corner’s disposal at each and every event. The grease isn’t the issue that is slippery to the understanding, and according to Diamond, he wouldn’t have been surprised to discover, based on the doctor’s actions—or lack thereof, sherdog.com‘s stream of TPF 31 was actually aired as a string of cave paintings:
“It just goes to show how caveman days MMA is still. It still needs to advance, a lot. I have nothing good to say about the California State Athletic Commission because, ultimately, it’s all kind of their fault. They hired an incompetent doctor; their people don’t have grease—I mean: that’s my fault, but that does happen at least once every show; and they don’t have that (grease) just in case that does happen. But the doctor not having numbing solution and not being prepared to stitch people up…[T]hat’s their bad.”
Not only do prospects out of Team Alpha Male obtain a fighting style under the watchful eye of their ‘General,’ Urijah Faber, they also share his inherent trait of perpetual positivity. Just as the athletes who step inside the cage evolve their game on a daily basis, CSAC should lock their decision-makers between walls and keep them there, well beyond any championship rounds—if necessary, until many, seemingly preventative, issues are corked; otherwise, the office can expect to encounter numerous messages, much like the one Diamond delivered, in the future:
“If anyone ever watches this (Episode 26 of the @norcalfightmma Podcast on YouTube) from CSAC, I think you guys need to step your fucking game up; that’s for sure. I like saying positive things, but, quite frankly, I don’t have a ton of positive things to say about them.”