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MMA World Expo this summer in NYC

The fifth annual MMA World Expo will take

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Along with making the calendar switch to the summer, the fifth annual MMA World Expo at Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan this July will include an amateur MMA tournament.

Fighters Source, which held an amateur MMA tournament at the Hammerstein Ballroom in March 2013, will host its national championships at the expo. The winners will represent Team USA at worlds in London.

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Senate speak: Quotes on the MMA bill

Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, left, poses with MMA

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The debate in the New York State Senate on Tuesday about the bill to legalize mixed martial arts mainly was for show. With that legislative body having passed it each of the past four years, it essentially was just an exercise in public speaking and a way for some politicians to have their views officially on the record. (It passed again this year, 44-16.)

But, amid all the platitudes and...

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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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Meet Glory 12 headliner Wayne Barrett

Wayne Barrett in training for a Glory Kickboxing

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With just three pro fights, Queens resident Wayne Barrett headlines the Glory 12 kickboxing event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. So who is this guy? Have a look at the video embedded below:

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Barrett will fight Joe Schilling in the main event on Spike. The televised portion of the card begins at...

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UFC fighter quotes on MMA in New York

Nicely manicured beard from @frankieedgar as he heads

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An Octagon arrived on Long Island, and on Saturday, UFC fighters were standing inside it. If their attire had been different -- topless with board shorts rather than the T-shirts and jeans they did wear -- that would be a significant piece of news. But, alas, professional mixed martial arts remains illegal in New York for reasons that are less about sports and more about politics. It is somewhat...

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Weidman to host BJJ seminar for Live to Fight charity

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at a press

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UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, a newly minted brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Danaher and Matt Serra, will host a BJJ seminar for the Live To Fight charity of which he is a board member. The event will be at Renzo Gracie's academy in Manhattan (224 W. 30th St.) on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. The No Gi BJJ seminar will also include top UFC lightweight Jim Miller, plus other...

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NYFE Amateur MMA fight card in Queens

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New York Fight Exchance will host its first amateur MMA event on Friday (Oct. 4) at the Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens. Nine Long Islanders will be featured on the card, which is sanctioned by the WKA. NYFE's Facebook page says the event includes "full ground and pound" rules. Here's the fight card:

Main Event

Jerome Mickle 8-0-0, 170 lbs from...

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Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva UFC media tour stops in NYC

UFC champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chris Weidman

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In the span of eight days beginning Sept. 23, Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva will visit seven cities across the United States and Brazil to promote their rematch at UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Dec. 28. Presumably, they will be asked many of the same questions in each city and offer the same answers. Expect quite a few of them to be about UFC 162 when Weidman upset Silva to win the middleweight championship....

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Glory kickboxing adds NY promoters

Andrew Ball TKOs James Smith Jr. for the

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Bellmore's Lou Neglia, a former world champion kickboxer who now runs Ring of Combat, was among the three New York City area promoters to establish official working relationships with Glory, the international kickboxing league announced Thursday. The other two are Take-On Productions and Friday Night Fights. They will all help to promote Glory's return to New York City on Nov. 23 at The Theater...

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Lorenzo Fertitta's statement on MMA not coming to a New York again

UFC chief executive and chairman Lorenzo Fertitta.

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UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta released this statement Tuesday night when the New York State Assembly failed to bring the bill to legalize MMA in the state to a full vote of its members: “While our disappointment cannot be overstated, our commitment to seeing New York legalize the fastest growing sport in the nation and the world is intact and undeterred. We continue to strongly believe...

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