Exclusive Story HERE from my article in the Statesman Journal which was printing on 1-23-12. Below is a sample!
Chael spoke about the process of bringing the sport to the attention of the state of Oregon as at the time he was beginning to host and promote his own Oregon based fight company, the Full Contact Fighting Federation.
“We were trying to bring in mixed martial arts and the commissions didn't fully know how to look at that. So there was a battle, there was some real resistance. I ended up in court seven times against the state of Oregon, and defeated them all seven times. And we finally started to say to the state, 'Hey, why don't you guys start to regulate this as well'. It's real easy to break those preconceived notions, and begin to welcome the regulations and the business side of the sport.”
“Oregon is a leader in MMA, a founder in many different areas. We went out and got a law changed, and I challenge anyone out there to even explain that process. It's an extremely sophisticated process,
and we got it done because the state wanted to do it. The governor liked it, the congress liked it, the senate liked it, and we've opened up a lot of opportunity.”