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Jon Jones arrives for his light heavyweight title (Credit: Getty Images)

Jon Jones arrives for his light heavyweight title bout against Rashad Evans at UFC 145 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (April 21, 2012)

MMA fighters from New York

Professional MMA is still not legal in the state, but that hasn't stopped these New Yorkers from competing. Meet some of the (mostly) native New York mixed martial artists.

JON JONES Hometown: Ithaca Record: 19-1 || Current
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JON JONES
Hometown: Ithaca
Record: 19-1 || Current promotion: UFC
Next fight: vs. Glover Teixeira, TBA
Career highlights: Became the youngest UFC champion when he won the light heavyweight title with a third-round knockout of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 in March 2011; set the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses at light heavyweight (six); former high school state wrestling champion.

CHRIS WEIDMAN Hometown: Baldwin Record: 10-0 || Current
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CHRIS WEIDMAN
Hometown: Baldwin
Record: 10-0 || Current promotion: UFC
Next fight: UFC 168 vs. Anderson Silva, Dec. 28
Career highlights: Won the UFC middleweight title when he knocked out Anderson Silva, who never lost in the UFC and is considered the greatest MMA fighter ever; a Ring of Combat champion at 185 pounds; two-time All-American wrestler at both Nassau CC and Hofstra.

RASHAD EVANS Hometown: Niagara Falls Record: 23-3-1 ||
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RASHAD EVANS
Hometown: Niagara Falls
Record: 23-3-1 || Current promotion: UFC
Next fight: UFC 167 vs. Chael Sonnen, Nov. 16
Career highlights: Won Season 2 of “The Ultimate Fighter” as a heavyweight; Knocked out Forrest Griffin to win the light heavyweight championship at UFC 92 in December 2008; Began his career with 16 straight wins, and was 18-0-1 before his first loss; His thunderous KO of Chuck Liddell at UFC 88 helped melt the career of “The Iceman.”

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CONSTANTINOS PHILIPPOU Hometown: Massapequa Record: 12-3-1 || Current
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CONSTANTINOS PHILIPPOU
Hometown: Massapequa
Record: 12-3-1 || Current promotion: UFC
Next fight: TBA
Career highlights: A pro boxer turned mixed martial artist, the Cyprus native lost his UFC debut to Nick Catone then came back to win five straight; ranked in the top 10 at middleweight in the UFC; had four KOs during seven-fight win streak in Ring of Combat.

MATT SERRA Hometown: East Meadow Record: 17-7 (retired)
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MATT SERRA
Hometown: East Meadow
Record: 17-7 (retired) Career highlights: Former UFC welterweight champion; only pro to ever knock out Georges St-Pierre; winner of Season 4 of "The Ultimate Fighter."

GIAN VILLANTE Hometown: Levittown Record: 10-4 || Current
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GIAN VILLANTE
Hometown: Levittown
Record: 10-4 || Current promotion: UFC
Next fight: TBD
Career highlights: A promising light heavyweight, he lost his first two fights in Strikeforce before winning three straight and moving to the UFC; a two-time champion in Ring of Combat; All-American wrestler for MacArthur High School and All-American linebacker for Hofstra.

DENNIS BERMUDEZ Hometown: Saugerties Record: 12-3 || Current
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DENNIS BERMUDEZ
Hometown: Saugerties
Record: 12-3 || Current promotion: UFC
Next fight: UFC Fight for the Troops vs. Steven Siler, Nov. 6
Career highlights: Bermudez, who lives in West Islip and trains at Long Island MMA in Lindenhurst, lost in the final on Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter" but has won his next four featherweight fights in the UFC after that.

URIAH HALL Hometown: Queens Record: 8-4 || Current
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URIAH HALL
Hometown: Queens
Record: 8-4 || Current promotion: UFC
Next fight: UFC 168 vs. Chris Leben, Dec. 28
Career highlights: Hall put together a string of three of the most devastating knockouts in "Ultimate Fighter" history.

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RYAN LAFLARE Hometown: Lindenhurst Record: 8-0 || Current
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RYAN LAFLARE
Hometown: Lindenhurst Record: 8-0 || Current promotion: UFC Next fight: UFC Fight Night vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio, Nov. 9
Career highlights: Ring of Combat welterweight champion; won his UFC debut.

AL IAQUINTA Hometown: Wantagh Record: 6-2-1 || Current
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AL IAQUINTA
Hometown: Wantagh
Record: 6-2-1 || Current promotion: UFC
Next fight: UFC Fight Night vs. Piotr Hallman, Oct. 26
Career highlights: Reached the final of "The Ultimate Fighter Live" series.

JAY HIERON Hometown: Freeport Record: 23-7 Next fight:
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JAY HIERON
Hometown: Freeport
Record: 23-7
Next fight: TBD
Career highlights: A state wrestling champion in high school, Hieron was the last IFL welterweight champion; won the Bellator Season 4 tournament; has fought for UFC, Affliction and Strikeforce, too.

LYMAN GOOD Hometown: Harlem Record: 15-3 Next fight:
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LYMAN GOOD
Hometown: Harlem
Record: 15-3 Next fight: TBD
Career highlights: Won his first 10 fights, including the inaugural Bellator lightweight tournament and championship belt in 2009; Reached the Season 4 Bellator tournament semifinals in 2011.

DAVID BRANCH Hometown: Brooklyn Record: 13-3 || Current
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DAVID BRANCH
Hometown: Brooklyn
Record: 13-3 || Current promotion: World Series of Fighting
Next fight: TBD
Career highlights: A finalist for the inaugural WSOF middleweight championship; has fought for UFC and Bellator; won Pan-American championship in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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ANTHONY LEONE Hometown: Center Moriches Record: 13-6 ||
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ANTHONY LEONE
Hometown: Center Moriches
Record: 13-6 || Current promotion: Bellator
Next fight: TBD
Career highlights: Reached the final of the Bellator Season 9 featherweight tournament in October 2013.

ANDREW LEONE Hometown: Center Moriches Record: 6-2 ||
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ANDREW LEONE
Hometown: Center Moriches
Record: 6-2 || Current promotion: One FC
Next fight: TBD Career highlights: Was scheduled to fight for the One FC flyweight title in September 2013 but had to pull out because of an injury.

PETE SELL Hometown: Westbury Record: 10-6 Career highlights:
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PETE SELL
Hometown: Westbury
Record: 10-6
Career highlights: A contestant on Season 4 of "The Ultimate Fighter," Sell (above, left) was best known for exciting fights and unique knockouts. The only problem was he was the recipient of most of those unique knockouts.

PHIL BARONI Hometown: Massapequa Record: 15-17 || Current
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PHIL BARONI
Hometown: Massapequa
Record: 15-17 || Current promotion: One FC
Career highlights: A 12-year veteran, Baroni has fought in the UFC, Strikeforce, Pride, Titan and Elite XC, to name a few; "The New York Bad - -" was known for his showmanship and explosive power.

PHILLIPE NOVER Hometown: Brooklyn Record: 5-4-1 || Current
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PHILLIPE NOVER
Hometown: Brooklyn
Record: 5-4-1 || Current promotion: Ring of Combat
Next fight: TBD
Career highlights: Nover (above, right) was runner-up to Efrain Escudero on Season 8 of ?The Ultimate Fighter.?

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DEIVIDAS TAUROSEVICIUS Hometown: Copiague Record: 17-5 || Current
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DEIVIDAS TAUROSEVICIUS
Hometown: Copiague
Record: 17-5 || Current promotion: Ring of Combat
Next fight: TBD
Career highlights: IFL lightweight champion; former Lithuanian rugby player also fought in WEC and Bellator.

NICK PACE Hometown: Brooklyn Record: 6-3 Career highlights:
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NICK PACE
Hometown: Brooklyn
Record: 6-3 Career highlights: Ring of Combat champion; won his UFC debut at featherweight in December 2010.

PAT AUDINWOOD Hometown: Corning Record: 11-2-1 Career highlights:
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PAT AUDINWOOD
Hometown: Corning
Record: 11-2-1
Career highlights: Mostly a smaller promotion fighter, Audinwood (above, right) went 0-2 in the UFC with his most recent loss coming in December 2010.

TAMDAN MCCRORY Hometown: Cortland Record: 11-3 || Current
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TAMDAN MCCRORY
Hometown: Cortland
Record: 11-3 || Current promotion: None
Career highlights: Went 3-3 in the UFC, with a win over Luke Cummo and a loss to John Howard.

LUKE CUMMO Hometown: New Hyde Park Record: 6-6

LUKE CUMMO
Hometown: New Hyde Park
Record: 6-6
Current promotion: None.
Career highlights: A finalist on Season 2 of "The Ultimate Fighter," Cummo hasn't fought professionally since 2008.

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