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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.

Abu Dhabi Combat...

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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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Upcoming amateur MMA fights in Long Island and Queens

Nick Fiore, right, backs up Antonio Quinones with

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Another month or so left in this New York State legislative session to see if the unique law that bans professional mixed martial arts but allows for amateur MMA events gets changed.

In the meantime, there are two upcoming amateur MMA events in the Long Island area to keep an eye on.

1) New York Fight Exchange on June 7

NYFE 3: Unstoppable plans to crown the first WKA New York...

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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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Amateur MMA Platinum Gloves returns to Long Island

Prince Ughebhu, right, squares up against Fernando Saavedra

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MMA Platinum Gloves begins its second season on March 29 at The Sports Arena in St. James.

Here's a look at the latest fight card. More details and tickets available at

Featherweight Championship

Prince Uchegbu vs. Stephen Pritchett

Lightweight Championship

Rufat Abbasov vs. Nick Fiore


Danny Ochart vs. Punhan Guliyev


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Stop complaining about MMA judging and do something about it

Most of those who complain about the judging in mixed martial arts don't necessarily understand the nuances of it. Even fighters and trainers may not get appreciate the subtleties that go into determining who won a fight and who didn't.

(Insert disclaimer here: This is not to absolve all judges from making some horrible decisions, since there are quite a few examples of that out there.)


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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.

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Against whom will Ronda Rousey next defend her UFC title against?

Cat Zingano Gina Carano Cris 'Cyborg' Justino Holly Holm Miesha Tate Someone else

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