By Zach Arnold | November 15, 2007
Update: This news is now on AOL’s Fanhouse site.
Update II: Here are quotes from Anne Milgram’s office about Hazzard’s firing. “It was time for a change.” What? Sounds like New Jersey-style politics to me…
Stunning news just days before the UFC 78 event in Newark, New Jersey. According to The New Brunswick Home News Tribune, New Jersey attorney general Anne Milgram (profile here) sent Kim Ricketts to deliver the news to New Jersey Athletic Control Board commission Larry Hazzard of his removal.
Hazzard is one of the most respected people in boxing and helped build momentum for the Unified rules of MMA in the United States.
- Why was Hazzard fired by Milgram in such an abrupt fashion? It’s not as if Milgram didn’t have enough on her plate already.
- What kind of impact will Hazzard’s removal have on the boxing and MMA scene? With Hazzard gone and Ken Condon’s role in the AC area perhaps decreasing, what domino will fall next?
- Speculative question – now that Hazzard is fired from the NJACB, will the WAMMA try to hire him to join their sanctioning body? It would give them a huge credibility boost…