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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...

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In the years since Penn vs. Edgar 2 . . .

Frankie Edgar, left, and BJ Penn exchange punches

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By the time Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn step into the cage to fight each other for the third time, more than 50 numbered UFC events will have passed since their last bout. Plus all the fight nights and such in between.

When news broke earlier this week that Edgar and Penn would coach against one another on the next season of "The Ultimate Fighter" and then face off again afterward,...

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UFC 156: Jose Aldo defends title against Frankie Edgar

Jose Aldo connects with a left to Frankie

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Frankie Edgar withstood the talk for so long. Besides, why should the lightweight champion drop down to featherweight?

But once he lost that title and the subsequent rematch with Ben Henderson, moving down to 145 pounds seemed like the right idea.

Except . . .

Jose Aldo rules the 145-pound division and is among the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He has supreme...

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For your viewing enjoyment, the UFC 156 preview

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, of Brazil, prepares

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Embedded above these words (or via the "play" button on our apps), you'll find the UFC 156 video preview, featuring analyst Joe Rogan (with a Kenny Florian cameo) talking about the fairly stacked card for this Saturday.

Jose Aldo defends his featherweight title against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in the main event, and Alistair Overeem fights Antonio "Bigfoot"...

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