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Dave Aronberg, mixed martial arts fan



Sen. Dave Aronberg, a Greenacres Democrat running for Attorney General, lists the following recreational interests on his official biography: golf, exercise, guitar, driving back and forth on State Road 80.

Well, you can add another to the list -- mixed martial arts. The sport combines several different forms of fighting and has skyrocketed in popularity. MMA events in Florida have tripled since the 2004-05 budget year.

After hearing during a committee presentation that there is an MMA fight scheduled in Tallahassee on Jan. 23 (the Saturday after a committee week) Aronberg's face lit up.

Explaining his fandom, Aronberg said, "It started off as really like a blood sport. It was like a bad Eric Roberts movie. Since then it's been regulated. It's become mainstream."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:14pm]


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