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Hawaii makes MMA official

Updated: June 29, 2009, 1:06 PM ET
By Jake Rossen

An island that has long had a tradition of prizefighting -- with some accompanying crowd melodrama that has sometimes turned public officials cool to the idea -- Hawaii has put up with MMA in the same manner as a neighbor might put up with a nuisance kid.

Effective Wednesday, the sport will be a sanctioned, licensed event with rules and regulations that mirror Nevada's.

Fighters, judges, referees and promoters will now undergo a licensing application, blood ...

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