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LVRJ - Nevadan At Work, Marc Ratner

By Arnold K. Knightly, Las Vegas Review Journal - Not many people can say they were around for the birth of a modern sport, but longtime Las Vegas sports official Marc Ratner can.

As the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, he helped shape what became the Unified Rules of Mixed-Martial Arts in 2000, opening the door for the sport's entry into Nevada and other states around the country.