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Another pro athlete turns to MMA training

Los Angeles Dodgers Russell Martin, right, hits an

Los Angeles Dodgers Russell Martin, right, hits an RBI double during the eighth inning of a baseball game earlier this season. (July 25, 2010) Credit: AP

Every now and then, you hear about how athletes in other professional sports turn to MMA training for help in their own chosen line of work.

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen did it. The Jets and several hockey players on the Islanders mix it up a bit, as well.

Russell Martin, the new catcher for the Yankees and formerly of the L.A. Dodgers, told reporters in Tampa at an early spring training session Tuesday that he worked with Firas Zahabi this offseason.

Zahabi, of course, is Georges St-Pierre's trainer. Here's the full story from our Yankees beat writer Erik Boland.

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