The Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL will no longer only be home to Chicago Rush Football, Chicago Wolves Hockey, and DePaul Men's Basketball.
The 20,000 seat arena, located in greater Chicago, will be hosting the first ever UFC event in the state of Illinois on October 25, 2008 entitled UFC 90.
In September 2007, the state of Illinois passed legislation to have the Illinois Athletic Commission sanction MMA events going forward.
MMA events have taken place in Illinois in the past but these events were granted short term waivers by the commission.
The statewide sanctioning was certainly music to the ears of the UFC who is in a constant battle getting MMA sanctioned in many key states across the United States.
Often times it is an uphill battle and can be a long and slow process. It is a combination of providing education about MMA, using lobbyists, jumping over various legislation hurdles, and sometimes even teaching the commissions how to properly sanction it.
Kudos to Marc Ratner, the UFC VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs, for seeing this entire process through.
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