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New York MMA: An underground story

Originally Published: February 16, 2011
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

Contrary to public opinion, mixed martial arts can be found in New York. Unsanctioned, untaxed and unencumbered by athletic commission oversight -- so long as alcohol isn't served and fighters aren't paid -- the sport can and does happen in the city.

Since 2003, the Underground Combat League has promoted 23 cards in and around Manhattan. From gyms to warehouses to, most recently, a mosque, promoter Peter Storm, 34, has maintained a place for mixed-style fighting -- in this ...

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