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The world of mixed martial arts has a local flavor as a Central Illinois native continues to rise through the ranks of refereeing the sport. Taylorville native Bobby Wombacher has refereed events in promotions such as the UFC, and continues to officiate in various events across the country.


Wombacher will be officiating an event in St. Louis on April 22nd, and invited people to attend. As for his officiating background, Wombacher has officiated fights in many notable promotions across the country.



Wombacher said for those looking to break into the sport, the first step is to find a reputable gym which can be a tough task in Illinois.



Wombacher originally tried to break into the sport as a fighter, and traveled to Salt Lake City to join a gym owned by former UFC fighter Jeremy Horn. A notable name in the world of MMA and a Hillsboro native helped spark the decision for Wombacher to make the journey out west to give his MMA dreams a shot.



To keep up to date with upcoming events that Wombacher is taking part in, you can follow his public Facebook page, “MMA Referee Bobby Wombacher”.

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