MMAWeekly.com reported a few weeks ago that the WEC suspended Mike Kyle for his actions during the fight against Brian Olsen. Now the California State Athletic Commission has stepped in and made its own ruling.
Armando Garcia, the head of the CSAC, said that Kyle’s behavior was unacceptable, and he has decided to suspend Kyle indefinitely. Kyle has the right to appeal the ruling anytime between now and June 21st.
The incident took place at the last WEC event. During his fight against Brian Olsen in the main event of the WEC show in Lemoore, California, Kyle illegally kicked Olsen in the head.
Kicking a downed opponent in the head is illegal in virtually every MMA promotion in the United States, including the WEC. Olsen was on the ground when he was knocked out by Kyle’s illegal kick to the head.
Making the situation even worse is the fact that Kyle then pounced on Olsen, delivering several punches to his unconscious opponent’s head. Olsen suffered a broken nose, and may have also suffered a broken cheek bone and other injuries.
The WEC suspended Kyle from all future WEC shows until further notice, and now the California State Athletic Commission has also suspended him. In addition to being suspended in California, other states with athletic commissions must honor the CSAC’s suspension.
WEC’s Reed Harris said, “WEC has been granted a temporary license with the [CSAC] and will certainly honor any finding or determination that the Commission makes regarding any participant involved in WEC events.”
Harris continued, “With this ruling, WEC hereby formally suspends Fighter Kyle indefinitely from participating in future events pending a hearing before the Commission. WEC supports the Commission and Director Garcia’s efforts to insure fighter safety at MMA events throughout California.”