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At long last, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is finally coming to New York after a longheld ban on sanctioned professional mixed martial arts in the state. New York governor Anthony Cuomo signed a bill into law in April that legalized MMA, the final state to do so. Better late than never. The UFC will celebrate by bringing arguably the grandest card in mixed martial arts history to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12. The top of the UFC 205 event will feature three title fights, an extreme rarity for the UFC. Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will defend his belt against featherweight champion Conor McGregor, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will put his title on the line against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will attempt to defend her title against fellow Polish striker Karolina Kowalkiewicz. History could be made as Irish superstar McGregor will look to become the first…

Nate Diaz won arguably the biggest fight of his career at UFC 196 when he choked out Conor McGregor in the second round, which was a huge upset. Naturally, with a fanbase as loud and sometimes obnoxious as McGregor’s, there was bound to be someone who would detract from Diaz’s win. The most notorious one was none other than everyone’s favorite popstar and idol, Justin Bieber. After McGregor’s defeat, the singer took to Instagram to post a video of he and his cronies toasting the Irishman. In the caption, he wrote “All respect to Nate but his style is terrible.” Diaz took to Instagram to retaliate with a comic-book style photo of him slapping Bieber, which read Nate telling him to, “Shut your bitch ass up!” Naturally, Diaz vs. Bieber was a fight that the fans wanted to see. “After the shots that Justin Bieber fired at Nate Diaz, fans…

It took nearly two decades, but New York has finally become  the 50th state to legalize professional mixed martial arts competition. The New York State Assembly passed a bill by a 113-25 count on March 22 to pave the way for MMA organizations to finally put on shows in the Empire State. The sport had been banned since  1997.   The New York State Athletic Commission, which supervises boxing, will also oversee MMA. It will have 120 days to set up the sport’s rules and regulations. MMA fans that hail from New York will soon have the chance to attend Ultimate Fighting Championship, Bellator and other promotions’ events at venues such as Madison Square Garden, the Barclays Center and the soon-to-be renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. There are several high profile UFC fighters that would love the opportunity to fight on the first New York card.Former UFC middleweight champion and…

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor (19-3) and women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm (10-1) both lost Saturday night during two major upsets at UFC 196 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.   McGregor was submitted by Nate Diaz (19-10) via rear naked choke 4:12 into the second round. Diaz took the fight on short notice and only had a few days to prepare. McGregor took advantage of that in the first round and half of the second, landing bombs against Diaz and opening a gash above his right eye. Diaz started cracking McGregor with some jabs, frustrating McGregor into trying to take him down, causing his doom. Diaz, a Gracie Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, is far superior to McGregor on the ground. Diaz quickly took McGregor’s back and sunk in the choke, causing McGregor to quickly tap. Miesha Tate (18-5) also submitted Holm via a rear naked choke to capture the…

Nate Diaz (18-10) is stepping in to fight featherweight champion Conor McGregor (19-2) in a welterweight bout at UFC 196 on Saturday night. Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (25-7) was originally slated to defend his belt against McGregor, who was looking to become the first UFC fighter to hold two championships.  Diaz was called upon by the UFC to step into the Octagon against McGregor after dos Anjos broke his foot in training a couple of weeks ago.. While the original fight could have been historic  for the sport, fans are arguably getting a more enticing bout now. Diaz, after his unanimous decision victory over Michael Johnson (16-10) at UFC on Fox 17, sounded off during a profanity-laced tirade, calling for a fight with McGregor, who was “taking everything I work for,” forcing Fox to mute most of the interview. Diaz got his wish, albeit on a very limited training…

The UFC will be coming at viewers in full force this December. The month will feature four events: three title fights and a plethora of talented mixed-martial artists clashing head-to-head. The biggest event of the month, and arguably the year, will be UFC 194 on Dec. 12 when Brazilian Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo (25-1) will look to defend his title against Irish challenger Conor McGregor (18-2). The event will also feature Middleweight Champion and Long Island native Chris Weidman (13-0), looking to defend his belt against Luke Rockhold (14-2). This event will cap a string of UFC cards taking place over three consecutive days. Aldo’s lone loss came in 2005 while fighting for the Brazilian Jungle Fight promotion. Since being awarded the title of the UFC featherweight division’s inaugural champion in 2010, Aldo has defended his title seven times against top-notch opponents like Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar and Ricardo Lamas.…

Uncharted territory will be reached Nov. 14 for women’s mixed martial arts: UFC 193 will feature two women’s title fights. This goes to prove the leaps and bounds that women’s MMA has taken over the past few years, as several talented female fighters have stepped foot in the Octagon, the combat ground of the world’s most famous MMA promotion. At UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, armbar specialist Ronda Rousey (12-0 MMA) will take on former professional boxer and kickboxer Holly Holm (9-0) in the main event. Rousey, the UFC women’s bantamweight division champion will look for her seventh UFC win, all in title fights. She faces a new challenge in Holm, a technical striker who would be wise to keep Rousey at a distance with kicks and outpoint her. That’s how Holm won her two UFC fights against Raquel Pennington and Marion Reneau. Holm seems to lack a killer instinct,…

UFC fighter Nick Diaz (26-9, 2 no contests) was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for five years and fined $150,000 after he tested positive for marijuana use following his January 31 bout earlier this year against Anderson Silva at UFC 183. It was Diaz’s third offense after he tested positive for marijuana use in Nevada in 2007 and 2012 as well. There are two sides to the argument: marijuana is not a performance enhancing drug that would be beneficial to use in a fight. After all, having your reflexes screwed up in a fight is a surefire way to get knocked the hell out. Steroid users are punished far less severely and, unlike marijuana, actually gives the user an unfair advantage in a fight. The best example is that Diaz’s last opponent, Silva, tested positive for steroids after their fight and was suspended for one year with his…

Nicknames are a big part of fighter recognition in the UFC. There are some great nicknames and some not so great ones, but I wanted to focus on the best nicknames the premier mixed martial arts organization has to offer. Matt “The Immortal” Brown This makes the list because the name is one that should strike fear into the heart of opponents. “Immortal” is not a misnomer for Brown, as he has proven he can take a severe beating in the Octagon and still pull out a clutch victory from the jaws of defeat. Just watch his fight against Erick Silva to see what I mean: he’s effective at what he does, as he is currently the fifth ranked welterweight in the UFC. “Sexyama” Yoshihiro Akiyama His nickname is “Sexyama,” come on. It’s a great play on his last name while remaining catchy and attention-grabbing. Despite having lost four of…