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I may claim to be a New Yorker, but the ugly truth is that I was born and raised on Long Island, and only lived in the Big Apple for about 20 years. There, I said it. It feels good to get it off my chest.

The reason I bring this up, though, is that the UFC is coming to Long Island for the first time ever on Saturday. UFC on FOX 25 is the event, and guess what? All those fighters who you labeled as New Yorkers, they’re actually from Long Island as well, and they’re on this card.

Chris Weidman? He’s the main event, and he’s from Long Island.

Gian Villante? On the card, from Long Island.

Dennis Bermudez? Ryan LaFlare? Brian Kelleher? Chris Wade? All on the card, all from Long Island.

Do you feel like you’ve been lied to and betrayed? Maybe you have been. But we’re here, and now that MMA is legal in New York, we’re a fact of life.

Here’s the Road to the Octagon event heralding the greatness that is Long Island.