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State Representative hopes to bring mixed martial arts to Memphis

Mixed martial arts exhibitions are illegal in Tennessee, but State Representative Curry Todd hopes to change that.

"I think we're loosing a huge economic value to the state," he said in an interview Monday.   

To Todd, "huge economic value" means millions of dollars.  The representative says in other states where mixed martial arts are legal, one show can bring $25 million to $40 million to a city's hotels and restaurants.

"If we had a fight, the FedExForum would sell out," he said.

Mixed martial arts became illegal in Tennessee several years ago when so-called "tough man competitions" were held in bars with no referees and no regulations.

Fans of Mixed Martial Arts, like Patrick Terry of Mid-South Krav Maga, are quick to point out what they want legalized is quite different.

"Years past were a little rough, now better controlled fighters more aware of strikes, and competitors more equal," he said.

One of those competitors is Memphis's very own Lightweight World Champion, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

"He wants to come here, but because of the way the law is now he can't come to his home state," Todd said.


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