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Women voice support for MMA in Albany

Ronda Rousey reacts after defeating Sara McMann following

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The argument put forth by those opposed to legalizing mixed martial arts in New York that the sport is anti-female and misogynistic came about as a talking point in the first quarter of 2013.

In the past 16 months, the UFC has headlined two pay-per-views with female fighter Ronda Rousey, put female fighters on its TV show “The Ultimate Fighter,” had female coaches on “TUF,” added female strawweights...

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Fallon Fox featured on HBO's 'Real Sports'

Fallon Fox, a transgender MMA fighter, at a

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Of course, the Matt Mitrione quotes are in there. Joe Rogan's too. And, yes, the opposing fighter who entered the cage to Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like a Lady."

But that's only the setup for what is a solid, balanced and interesting piece on Fallon Fox, the first openly transgender fighter in women's mma. What else would you expect from HBO's "Real Sports," which seems to always do a terrific...

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UFC 170 should get Olympic marketing bump

Ronda Rousey , right, from the United States

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The matchup of Ronda Rousey, an Olympic judo bronze medalist, against Sara McMann, an Olympic wrestling silver medalist, is intriguing on a number of levels. But, for the moment, let's take a look at the shrewd timing of its occurrence -- UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas. Yes, the fight comes about eight weeks after Rousey last defended her women's bantamweight title against Miesha Tate at UFC 168...

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UFC adds women's strawweight division

Carla Esparza, left, won a unanimous decision over

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Not long ago, women fighting inside the UFC's octagon seemed like the most far-fetched concept in the male-driven world of mixed martial arts. Heck, the president of the organization even said as much. And there Dana White was on Wednesday, on a conference call, announcing that the UFC would be expanding its women's division to now include strawweights (115 pounds). Invicta FC, an all-female MMA...

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Video: Invicta FC's 'Road to Honchak vs. Smith'

Barb Honchak, left, continued her winning ways, taking

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Barb Honchak defends her flyweight title against Leslie Smith at Invicta 7 this Saturday. Here's an impressive 25-minute "Road to" video that introduces you to both fighters.

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://bit.ly/1cXZqrv)

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The Jekyl & Hyde interviews of Ronda Rousey

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey attends the

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The MMA community on Twitter had its share of commentary Saturday night after Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate provided host Jon Anik with one of the more awkward interviews you'll see on TV. Rousey then turned back into her charming self Monday night during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Below are both interviews.

 

 

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Oooh, another Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and

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Hard to really understand the point of staredowns beyond photo ops and content creation for video players. Alas, here's the video of the Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown from the "TUF" 18 final episode.

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://foxs.pt/IvWubE)

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TUF's Raquel Pennington on being a gay athlete

Undefeated Cat Zingano, left, at weigh-ins against bantamweight

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Raquel Pennington, a contestant on the current season of "The Ultimate Fighter," talks about what it's like to be a gay fighter and the struggles she faced telling her family. Watch the clip embedded below.

Video: Being a gay athlete

(Newsday's app and mobile users can watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3Cq1yMxqyk)...

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Miesha Tate: 'Ronda is so crazy'

Miesha Tate submitted Julie Kedzie with an armbar

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The word war between Ronda Rousey and Miesha continued Tuesday night with this clip from "UFC Tonight." Expect the mud to be slung and the muck to be raked plenty war as this season of "The Ultimate Fighter" plays out on Fox Sports 1 leading up to their bout at UFC 168 on Dec. 28. In the clip embedded below, Tate fires back.

Video: Tate on Rousey: "I'd assume she...

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Ronda Rousey as 'Protector'

Ronda Rousey on set for a commercial as

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Nothing screams MMA as loudly as . . . small business insurance companies! But one such company is banking on one of the sport's biggest stars -- Ronda Rousey -- to help market their products. The UFC women's bantamweight champion serves as "Protector" in a series of spots that are scheduled to begin in earnest June 11. The two quick-hit clips below are amusing trailers for the longer...

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