So many here in California want to know a little about Mr.
Foster... Well, let us fill you in.
Foster's roots in the fight sports are very well known
to those of us here at the International Kickboxing
Federation and our sister organization for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
the International Sport Combat Federation. Since
1997 Foster has been a fighter, trainer, promoter as well as an official
with both organizations. Knowing this, when promoters, trainers, fighters and
other officials need to speak to the Executive Director in California, they
won't encounter some pencil - pushing bureaucrat who knows very little about
fight sports. Simply put, Foster literally has been in their shoes!
He is an experienced multi-disciplined fighter and martial
artist who has trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Taekwondo, Aikido, Judo, Hapkido,
Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Sambo, Kickboxing, and Boxing. By the time he retired
as a professional MMA fighter he had a fight record of 17 wins with 2 loses. (8-0
Amateur and 9-2 Professional / Pro- 2 KOs, 7 Submissions, 1 TKO, 1 Decision).
However MMA wasn't his only fight sport. He also has a 23-3 Amateur Boxing
Record, a 77-4-2 Sport Grappling Record as well as some amateur kickboxing
However, being a successful fighter wasn't all he's done. He
has promoted five professional MMA cards, four professional boxing matches,
matchmaker of nine professional MMA cards, trained over 30 successful MMA
fighters, refereed over 500 MMA bouts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor (20032007),
served as Head Referee for the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission (20072008),
instructed several referee and judge training course on behalf of the Georgia
Athletic and Entertainment Commission, and judged over 100 MMA bouts... So
again... Foster has literally been in ALL our shoes!
He was also a 3 time Champion. As an Amateur he won the ISCF Amateur East Coast Light Heavyweight Title on
October 25th, 2003 in Dalton, Georgia, USA when he defeated Will Blankenship
of Athens, Georgia, USA by Armbar submission at 2:18 of round 1. The following
year he went on to win the ISCF Amateur
East Coast Middleweight title on April 23rd, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA when
he defeated Tim Stout by Rear Naked Choke in round 1. He also won the
BodogFight Series III Costa Rica Combat winner in 2007.
Foster retired his ISCF
Amateur Titles when he turned Pro on August 2nd, 2004. While fighting he lived
in Dalton, Georgia and was trained by Ben Kiker, who later became one of the
Commissioner of the Georgia Athletic and
Entertainment Commission. (See IKF January 2010 News - Changes
To The Georgia Athletic & Entertainment Commission!) Foster
also fought as a Kickboxer on several IKF
Sanctioned events in Georgia. He eventually turned Pro on August 2nd, 2004 and
then retired from fighting in 2007.
With all his success as a professional mixed martial arts
fighter, in 2008, Foster gave it all up to help better the fight sports
from a regulatory position.
In 2008 Foster was appointed by then
Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel as the Executive Director of the
Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission.
While there, he was instrumental in helping with both Amateur and Professional
fight sport rules and regulations that made Georgia one of the countries leaders
in fight sport regulations.
Later that year he was named 2008 Georgia Boxing Official of
the Year by the Georgia Championship Boxing Committee at the Committee's annual
Awards Banquet. The Committee is comprised of managers, trainers, promoters,
commissioners and officials throughout the state. "Andrew's efforts
have helped boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts create a positive impact on
the Georgia economy, increase the safety for the participants of these sports,
and make Georgia a more viable option to attract bigger name attractions,"
said then Secretary Handel.
In September of 2009 the
ISCF teamed up with ISCF promoter Monica Sanford, the owner of
Devil Dog (DD) Productions who is the wife of a U.S. Marine and
accomplished something no one has ever done in the history of fight sports. Sanford
worked with Armed Forces Entertainment, - www.ArmedForcesEntertainment.com
Fight Party Productions & the ISCF
to host the first ever MMA event held in a warzone within enemy territory. (
Full Story Click Here.)
The location was a military base in Mosul, Kuwait, Iraq and the
event was called "Fight Night For Heroes". ISCF President Steve Fossum was scheduled to
attend as the chief ISCF Event
Representative, however instead, he offered the opportunity to Foster
who gladly accepted. (Above & Above At Right)
Foster and ISCF
Promoter Brett Moses (Fight Party Productions) and ISCF Official JJ Coronel (Who also
served as a judge on the event) coordinated ISCF
Referees Tony Mullinax & Kim Winslow along with
ISCF Judges Chris McGloughlin &
Cardo Urso to regulate the 17 bout event involving mainly active duty
military and was held on Saturday, September 5th, 2009.
Along with representing the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission as
a member of the Association of Boxing Commissions
he is a member of the Unified Rules Committee of Matchmaking of Mixed Martial
Arts (2008Present); Association of Boxing Commissions Member of
the Unified Rules Committee to review Unified Rules (2008Present)
and Association of Boxing Commissions Chairman of the Amateur Unified Rules
"I'm very excited to be coming to California," stated Foster
in the release. "It has a rich boxing and MMA presence with the largest
number of shows in the nation, and I look forward to ensuring a regulatory
environment that is consistent and fair based upon contestant safety, public
protection, and economic growth."
Foster will be a VERY WELCOME Executive Director for
California. Former ED George Dodd had great intentions and did
some very good things. However, his hands were tied in a lot of ways and he was
often held back from the sitting board. Surly there are many different opinions
as to what Dodd did or did not accomplish. For the IKF, he was exceptional and willing to try new
things that included the "First Ever" State Commission
regulated Amateur Muay Thai Kickboxing Tournament, the
IKF West Coast Classic Amateur Muay Thai /
Kickboxing Championships that were held on November 25th, 26th &
27th, 2011 in Sacramento, California.
However it's not hard to find negative opinions about the CSAC on the internet. For the last several years
it's been a smorgasbord of "Drama" topics fight sport writers
have had to write about. Even Foster's appointment gave writers the
opportunity to write about the CSAC's
past. (Click Here.)
Regardless, there is a strong sense of optimism here at the
IKF and ISCF
as well as with many others in California that Foster will step in and 'take
the bull by the horns' per say and get the right things done. One thing the
board can't do is claim inexperience of him. From the training gyms, to the
ring, the cage all the way to the Executive Directors desk, Foster is
without a doubt the MOST EXPERIENCED Executive Director
California has EVER had! Hopefully the Commission Board will listen to
Foster and his fresh ideas as to how he turned things around in Georgia
and made it a welcome state for Fight Sports at both the Amateur and
CSAC chairman John
Frierson said today in a press release. "We are hoping he (Foster)
can do in California what he did in Georgia in terms of increasing both revenue
and the number of shows," To do so, Frierson and his board
needs to allow Foster some open ground to implement new ideas, even if
current laws and policies need to be changed or adapted, such as the requirement
of ONLY a non-profit regulatory body can oversee amateur fight sports, or have
the STATE Commission take over Amateur MMA like Foster did in Georgia.
However Foster allowed, approved Muay Thai and Kickboxing sanctioning
bodies to oversee Amateur Muay Thai and Kickboxing in Georgia, which has helped
build the amateur fight sports, which build the pro fight sports, etc, you get
the idea... Bottom line is more state revenue is what California needs to keep
the Athletic Commission going... California needs Foster to do exactly
that here! The question is, "Will Frierson and his board allow Foster to do
California Mr. Foster!
ANDY FOSTER HIGHLIGHTS