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64 sponsors on bill to legalize MMA in New York

Chris Weidman, left, punches Mark Munoz during the

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There are a total of 64 sponsors on the state Assembly's bill to legalize mixed martial arts in New York.

What does that mean for fans and fighters who have had to spend their money in other states to watch MMA competitions?

Well, on its face, it means there's a heck of a lot of support for the bill this year, thanks in large part to Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, who introduced...

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Invicta 5 results: New champ, Cyborg returns

Michelle Waterson submitted Jessica Penne in the fourth

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A quick rundown of the results from Invicta FC 5 in Kansas City on Friday night:

Main card

Atomweight championship: challenger Michelle Waterson submitted Jessica Penne by armbar – Round 4, 2:31

Flyweight championship: Barb Honchak won a unanimous decision over Vanessa Porto  (50-45, 49-46, 48-47) to win the inaugural title.

Cris Cyborg beat Fiona Muxlow by TKO (punches)...

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Uriah Hall delivers another huge KO on 'Ultimate Fighter'

Uriah Hall, from Queens, is a contestant on

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Perhaps the best way to explain what Uriah Hall did to Bubba McDaniel in the "The Ultimate Fighter" quarterfinals that aired Tuesday night is to repeat what McDaniel said in the seconds after he got knocked out.

"What's wrong?," McDaniel said. "What's wrong? Huh? What's wrong? Why is my eye -- -- up? My eye hurts."

Hall, who grew up in Queens after emigrating...

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Ronda Rousey to coach on 'Ultimate Fighter'

Mixed martial arts fighter and UFC bantamweight champion

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Next on "The Ultimate Fighter"  . . . female coaches and female fighters.

UFC president Dana White announced Saturday during UFC 158 that women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would coach the next season of "TUF," which holds an open casting call April 15 in Las Vegas.

Rousey will coach against the winner of the Miesha Tate-Cat Zingano fight on April 13...

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Gov. Cuomo not opposed to MMA

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to require state

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that he has no personal objection to the sport of mixed martial arts and that he wants to see exactly how much of an economic impact it could have if the ban were lifted.

"I don't have a feeling toward the sport that would say that sport should not happen in this state," Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday.

That's not exactly an endorsement of the sport,...

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Gov. Cuomo not opposed to MMA

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that he has no personal objection to the sport of mixed martial arts and that he wants to see exactly how much of an economic impact it could have if the ban were lifted.

"I don't have a feeling toward the sport that would say that sport should not happen in this state," Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday.

That's not exactly an endorsement of the sport,...

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Ronda Rousey on making movies

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey attends the

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Ronda Rousey, the new shining star of the UFC, told Newsday last Wednesday in Albany that she was never offered a part in the next "Hunger Games" movie, as was reported on various MMA websites after her win at UFC 157.

But Rousey, the UFC women's bantamweight champion, did say that she's interested in the movie business. Just not anytime soon.

“I’ve had a lot of people approach...

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Gov. Cuomo makes first public MMA comment

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo delivers a State of

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took office in 2011 and has never taken a position on the issue of legalizing mixed martial arts in New York. At least not a public one.

That changed Thursday.

“I think it’s making progress and it’s something that we’re looking at," Cuomo told reporters in Westchester. "It’s a possible source for revenue in New York and we are all about looking for revenue...

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Also fighting at UFC 157: Liz Carmouche

Liz Carmouche begins wrapping her hands for a

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Ronda Rousey became the first female to sign a contract with the UFC and was installed as the women's bantamweight champion, a title she won and defended once in Strikeforce before the promotion folded.

For all the accolades she has earned, and the press that has been heaped on her, there is also basic math to understand: She's No. 2 in another category.

The first female fighter to enter...

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Olympics not needed for MMA

Dan Henderson, top, punches Mauricio Rua during the

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MMA as we know and see it today does not need to be in the Olympics.

In between all the chatter this week after the International Olympic Committee announced it intends to drop wrestling from the Summer Games in 2020 resides the notion of MMA one day becoming an Olympic sport.

Sure, many of the sports that comprise mixed martial arts -- boxing, wrestling, judo, taekwondo -- are already...

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