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UFC Could Hit Chicago Soon

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is currently reviewing legislation that would reverse the state's 1996 ban on the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and if it does, UFC will have a show in Chicago soon.

Crain's Chicago Business reports that UFC could be lucrative for the state, with $1 million a year in taxes on UFC tickets possible. Crain's says UFC already has plans in place to have a show at either Allstate Arena or the United Center when the state lifts the ban.

There's really no reason that any state should ban UFC, which is a well-regulated league whose competitors suffer serious injuries less frequently than boxers do. Blagojevich should sign the bill.

Note: Perhaps the most surprising part of the Crain's article is that Andrei Arlovski, who's not exactly a household name, makes $500,000 a year in endorsements.

Hat tip: UFC Junkie.