MMA growing in popularity, helping economy in Arizona

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By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman

New mixed martial arts gyms are popping up all over Arizona, with more than 50 in the Valley alone. Those centers and MMA's popularity are bringing in millions of dollars to the state.

Popular MMA centers include Fight Ready in Scottsdale, Arizona Combat Sports in Tempe and The Lab in Glendale. Arizona is also home to 10 UFC fighters. Thom Ortiz of the World Fighting Federation said that with UFC fights coming to the state, millions of dollars are also coming into Arizona's economy.

Casino Del Sol in Tucson will host the WFF/MMA Pascua Yaqui Fights IV on Saturday, March 1. Tickets start at $17.