Fans may not necessarily think of Rashad Evans as a New York fighter but, sure enough, the Ultimate Fighter 2 winner was born in Niagara Falls. A former title-holder, “Sugar” ‘Shad is one of the UFC’s biggest stars due to his blend of speed, technique, and ability to talk trash. He’s also worked his way into a part-time broadcasting gig doing pre/post-event analysis.
New Yorkers have always been known for their fighting spirit, showing the ability to overcome adversity with ease and do what it takes to come out on top in the end. Such characteristics can be seen on display in the Octagon a handful of weekends out of the year thanks to the select few fighters in the UFC who hail from the Empire State including a former champion as well as two men who currently hold divisional gold. While they aren’t the only Mixed Martial Artists in the game to come from New York, they are certainly the cream of the crop. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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