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Want to see the greatest thing in the history of ever? Below is a brief video clip of bantamweight Aljamain Sterling – who’s facing Bryan Caraway on the Fight Pass prelims of UFC Fight Night 88 on Sunday – strutting around New York City with East Coast hip hop legend Eric B. (of Eric B. […]

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Who is the UFC’s greatest? Jon Jones? Anderson Silva? Georges St-Pierre? Royce Gracie? The UFC is trying to establish a list of its greatest fighters of all time – and we need your help! As we count down to UFC 200 on July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the UFC is compiling a list of its 200 greatest fighters as determined by a panel of experts including UFC Rankings voters, top MMA journalists, FOX/UFC analysts, play-by-play commentators, Fight Metric statisticians and you, the fans! Have your say using the poll below and let us know who you think should be picked No. 1. … Read the Full Article Here

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Aaron Pico

Aaron Pico has always set high standards for himself.

Pico, a 19-year-old who just missed out on qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic wrestling team earlier this year, has already signed a long-term deal with Bellator MMA once he hangs up the wrestling shoes.

While his wrestling journey began at an incredibly early age, Pico has known for the past nine years that combat sports were where he was eventually headed.

“At 10 years old, I knew I was going to fight,” Pico said, during a recent interview with FightLine. “I knew it was going to be either boxing or MMA.

“(My goal) is to develop and work towards being the greatest fighter on the planet.”

His resume reads like that of a 20-year veteran in the sport, including several titles captured at the senior level. Pico also won silver at the 2014 FILA Junior World Championships and holds accomplishments in boxing and pankration.

Among his boxing crowns are a title at the 2009 National Junior Golden Gloves, where he was also named outstanding boxer, and the 2010 Golden Cup European Pankration Championship.

This June, Pico will compete at The Forum in Inglewood, California – site of UFC 199 – in the 2016 Men’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup. The event will feature several members of the U.S. Olympic team in a final contest before leaving for the Summer Olympics.

“I’m putting on a little size for the event, coming up from (143 pounds) to 158,” he said of the World Cup.

Pico finished second at 65kg/143 pounds at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City. The chance to wrestle in the same arena that has featured many of the best of the best was one he will never forget.

“It was a special experience for me, not only because it was the Olympic trials, but because of where it was held,” Pico said. “Growing up, I’ve seen some of the Iowa matches at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It was a place that I saw myself competing at one day.

“The people in Iowa were great.”

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This Saturday, UFC 198 goes down from Curitiba, Brazil. At the top of the card, Fabricio Werdum defends his UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic.

At age 38, Werdum is riding the crest of an unlikely career resurgence that coincided with his second stint with the UFC. Since stepping in against Roy Nelson back in 2012, Werdum is 6-0, thanks in part to the vicious muay thai he added to his world-class jiu-jitsu.

Miocic is no slouch, either. The Cleveland native has used a sharp MMA boxing game to win his last two by knockout, and five of his last six. There’s no doubt he’s ready for this shot.

This mouth-watering clash got us thinking: Who are the five best heavyweights to ever set foot inside the UFC Octagon? We set to work, and herewith is that list.

Only fighters who competed in the UFC are eligible, although their non-UFC credentials can be factored in, albeit to a lesser extent than what they did within UFC borders (sorry, Cro Cop). They are also ranked more on how they fared against their peers than on how they’d do in different eras. Got it? Great. Let’s get it on.

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It’s a ritual that has captivated fight fans for decades, the walk from the locker room into the Octagon or ring. For some fighters, it’s the time to flip the switch and prepare for battle, while others use it to entertain and show off different aspects of their personality. Whatever it is though, it’s the few minutes where the stage belongs solely to a fighter, and here are 20 examples of those who used that time the best as we continue to count down towards UFC 200.20 – Tom LawlorTom Lawlor’s early Octagon walks were a bizarre form of performance art, making it tough … Read the Full Article Here

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With UFC 200 fast approaching, begins its look back at the history made in the events leading up to July 9 with the 25 greatest upsets to take place in the Octagon. These were the ones that shocked the world, and a strong reminder that despite what the oddsmakers may say, this is why they fight the fights.Check back weekly for even more on the road to UFC 200.MORE ON UFC 200: Ticket information | Complete fight card | Live in Las vegas on July 9 from brand new T-Mobile Arena | Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar 2 meet for interim title | Aldo vows aggression | Ca … Read the Full Article Here

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TAMPA, Fla. – MMAjunkie was on scene for today’s UFC on FOX 19 fighter weigh-ins. Check out our photo gallery of the festivities.

The weigh-ins took place at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fla. Saturday’s event takes place across the bay at Amalie Arena in Tampa and airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass

For a full rundown of today’s proceedings, check out our UFC on FOX 19 weigh-in results post. And check out all the images above.

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Don't let Jon Jones' recent Twitter battle with rival Daniel Cormier cause any confusion: “Bones” is 100 percent focused on new UFC 197 opponent Ovince Saint Preux, he said. Although Saint Preux (19-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC) stepped in to fight Jones (21-1 MMA, …

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New York State Assembly

New York State Assembly

It was quite the scene today in Albany, N.Y., as a bill to legalize MMA in the Empire State finally found its way to the floor for a vote.

After eight years of denials from legislators, who voted down earlier attempts to regulate the sport, it was fitting the road to a decision was a long and winding verbal fight, showcasing arguments both coherent and nonsensical as assembly members debated the merits of MMA in New York.

Before a vote of 113-25 in favor of legalization, there were wild rhetorical swings, with detractors going so far as to link MMA to slavery, gay porn, domestic violence and child abuse. Supporters tried to dispel misinformation and highlight the benefits, particularly insurance benefits added to the bill’s current version that offered greater safeguard to participants.

Although it was widely reported that the result was a forgone conclusion, legislators nevertheless maximized the opportunity to voice their opinions on the sport, no doubt encouraged by increased media attention on the session.

Here’s a look at the some of the greatest hits, both for and against MMA from legislators.

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Ellen Jaffee, Democrat, 97th district
“(MMA) harms the fighters, who risk their very lives and are often maimed, or sometimes killed. It harms women, who are victimized by the glorification of distorted masculinity that cage fighting represents. The violent nature is antithetical to the anti-violence message we are trying to deliver to our children and our communities.

Joseph Morelle, Democrat, 136th district (and a sponsor of the bill)
Twenty years ago, I was opposed to legalizing MMA in New York. I’ve changed my views based on a number of facts, but most notably two things. … First of all, the sport has evolved considerably in the last few decades, and the popularity of the sport requires the policymakers around the country and in New York recognize the growing demand, and the inherent danger in not regulating the sport. What we seek to do here is to take the sport essentially out of the shadows in New York, where amateur competitions happen, although not under the eye of any regulator, not with any organized method of making certain … the health and safety of participants is looked out for.

Charles Barron, Democrat, 60th district
Boxing has protections, so does football. … But this one, this one, throwing two people in a cage, firstly, as an African-American, we’ve been in cages fighting on the plantations and other places, and people let (us) bite off each other’s ears and do all kinds of things until they regulated that and made it something different. But throwing two human beings in a cage, and you know how we used to say in our neighborhoods, you should have a fair fight? Even when the man is knocked down, when I grew up, you’re supposed to step back, let him get up and let’s start over again. This one, you can pounce on them, beat his or her brains out while on the floor, choke him – you know how we feel about the choke hold in New York City – put him in a choke hold, and then the ref has to be determining whether he got choked enough. It’s not something we should legalize or regulate. It should be banned.

Dean Murray, Republican, 3rd district (and a bill sponsor)
I’ve been watching mixed martial arts for a long time. I have yet to see anyone thrown into a cage. I’ve seen adults enter the cage to participate in something they’ve trained for years and years to get into it and do a profession that they chose.

Deborah Glick, Democrat, 66th district
Nothing in this bill will stop kids from getting into Fight Clubs. We tell kids, you can go out into the schoolyard, and you want to be a star in basketball, you’ve got to shoot hoops. Now, we’re saying there’s a career path (with MMA). What’s to say that some kid isn’t going to say, ‘You know what, I’m going to start practicing in the school yard?’ Not with a poor soul that doesn’t know what he’s getting into, but a couple of friends.

Daniel J. O’Donnell, Democrat, 69th district
Well, I should really like it. You have two nearly naked, hot men rolling around on top of one other, trying to dominate each other. And just in case you don’t know, that’s gay porn with a different ending. I won’t describe the ending for you, but as I’ve gotten older, the endings are less important. So …

Victor M. Pichardo, Democrat, 86th district
I consider this an issue of censorship. I watch fights, but it doesn’t make me want to act violently. It doesn’t make me want to injure or hurt my fellow man. I don’t think I have the physical capability to do so anyway, but even if I did, I feel there’s a very stark difference between entertainment and real life. I think if you switch MMA with any type of violent form of video game, you’re going to have the same debate. I’m a person who engages in this hobby, and I feel I’m still a functioning member of society.

Angela Wozniak, Democrat, 143rd district
There is a corresponding bill that I am the prime sponsor of, and that regulates the amateur side. What we have here in New York state is a situation where amateur athletes are unregulated. Right now, a registered sex offender could own an MMA school, they could teach in that facility, and we can’t be naive to the fact that these people target these schools, they know that if they are teaching a child, they could put that child in a situation where they’re doing a maneuver to perhaps touch them in a way that that child might not even realize they’re being touched and really harm that child. This bill doesn’t do anything about that, but the amateur bill does.

Patricia Fahy, Democrat, 109th district
One of the comments we’ve heard a number of times over the last few years is that New York is the last state to legalize professional MMA fighting, and this is one of those times, frankly, I’m proud to be a New Yorker and I’m proud that we have held off on this. I’d like to think we’d hold off longer as the brain research is growing leaps in bounds. I would like to see us put brains first.

Carmen Arroyo, Democrat, 84th district
In the past, I was against the bill. But the improvement has convinced me that it’s time to make a decision, and I’m sure in a few months we’ll be making a few more changes to this law. I’m sure of it.

Catherine Nolan, Democrat, 37th district
You can’t Google the word without reading incident after incident. We’re not talking bout cartoons in a video game. A video game is a cartoon. When you watch something on TV, sometimes it seems like a cartoon. But it’s not. It’s a real person, a real human life, perhaps, from a poor background, finding his or her way out of that background the only way they know how – with their fists. A person who is easily exploited because they perhaps don’t have the education, who look for that one in a million dollar. The truth is that most people who participate in anything like this never make a lot of money. A handful at the top, of course, but everyone else is a broken life, a battered body, and perhaps a family structure that’s more shattered that when they started.

I never have been graphic on the floor, but some of the domestic violence stories are truly horrific. You feel nothing but sorrow and pity for the people who got suckered in, who thought if they could play this, they could make money, and instead they’re in prison, they’re partner a battered person with permanent injuries. I don’t understand why we think moving this to New York state is going to be helpful to these people. It’s not something we need for tourism. We have Niagara Fall. If you’re going to Niagara, you’re there for the falls, not the fights. If you’re going to Madison Square Garden, you’re there for a team sport, like basketball.

Jose Rivera, Democrat, 15th district
I can tell you having been raised in the South Bronx, I don’t know what you’re afraid of. You’re afraid of violence? When I went to a park, I was chased back to my neighborhood. And when I ran through my neighborhood, people said, ‘You’re a punk! You’ve got to fight back!’ I said, ‘But I’m a skinny kid! I can’t fight those big guys!’ You fight to win. Oh yeah, I learned how to fight to win. I would begin by surprising you. When you throw your first punch, I would already kick you below the belt. And then you hear my opponent say, ‘You don’t fight fair!’ No, I fight to defend myself. All that violence changed somewhat because of the civil rights struggle. People were taught, you’ve got to respect others no matter what they looked like. So I grew up in a violent society. Don’t preach to me. I’ve got the scars throughout my body defending myself so that I could survive to be standing here and listen to all of you concerned about violence and how it affects every other issue that we are concerned about.

Also see:

  • With road paved for MMA in New York, Bellator looking at Barclays Center for possible event
  • Twitter reacts to New York’s bill passage for the legalization of MMA
  • UFC CEO Fertitta on New York MMA bill passage: ‘This has been a long time coming’
  • Empire State Fistfight: How New York legalized MMA, and why it’s such a big deal
  • Gay New York Assemblyman compares MMA to ‘gay porn’ during hearing

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