The Anti Reilly: Maine Rep. Matt Peterson

Friday, June 05, 2009

Matt Peterson has closely followed his younger brother’s three-year mixed-martial-arts career.

Just not in his home state.

Peterson, a Maine state representative, is one of many MMA fans in the state who can’t attend MMA events without crossing a border, as promoting such an event is illegal there. To watch his brother, then, Peterson, his family and friends take their cash elsewhere.

“He fought just recently,” Peterson told (, “and it was 160 tickets, including hotel rooms, eating and other expenses, that went to New Hampshire. That’s Maine-made money that went over the border.”

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