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Congratulations, Tennesseans:

Another measure that takes effect Tuesday will legalize and regulate mixed martial arts fights in Tennessee through the creation of a Tennessee Athletic Commission.

Gov. Phil Bredesen's approval came despite concerns over a provision to require half of any money beyond that needed to operate the commission go toward grants to NCAA Division I wrestling programs.

I believe the first event is already scheduled for August 23rd. I'm going to do my best to attend. Kudos to everyone who helped make this legislation possible, including current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. The native Memphis, Tennessean took the time to testify on behalf of the bill to legalize MMA in his home state.