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The UFC's official statement

Updated: May 3, 2010, 11:03 AM ET
By Jake Rossen/Sherdog.com

With a self-professed desire to be one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world, the UFC is unique among that group in that it doesn't necessarily have to be bothered with regulatory protocol. The NBA, NFL, and MLB staff, train, pay and penalize their own game officials. In combat sports, that's all left to the state athletic commissions.

That commission autonomy would seem to keep promoter impropriety at a minimum, but the trade-off is having regulators used to the straightforward ...

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