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  Seven years ago, in late March, I was preparing to fight in the first amateur MMA event in New York State since its initial ban. I was a blue belt at the time, living in Buffalo, New York, and I loved training at Victory MMA.  It was a real fight gym for fighters, and the leadership churned out champions. It was exactly where I needed to be.  I began my career as a fighter in Honolulu, Hawaii, and I was excited to fight in my hometown for the first time. It would have been my fourth time fighting in...

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