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The UFC In Illinois: Blago ♥s Ari

By Marcus Gilmer in Miscellaneous on Jan 18, 2010 4:20PM

2010_01_18_blago.jpg The Sun-Times has an interesting read about the battle to legalize ultimate fighting in the state of Illinois. Perhaps as interesting as the battle itself is the fact that former governor Rod Blagojevich's book The Governor is a useful source in the story. Even better?

Blagojevich writes of his distaste for the sport, which takes place in an octagonal steel cage and combines boxing, karate, jiu-jitsu and other martial arts. But he says he put that distaste aside and signed the legislation legalizing mixed martial arts to score points with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's brother, Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel, the real-life model for the character Ari Gold in the HBO series "Entourage."

Check out the whole mess here.