It may be hard to believe these days, but before the explosion of mixed martial arts, the top fighters in the game, at least in the United States, were often centered in either California or in the Midwest hotbed of Iowa, with little attention being paid to fighters from the east coast. But then came a group of fighters out of New England that helped put their region on the map while also building a community of MMA fans that are likely to be out in force when the UFC returns to Boston for the FOX Sports 1 premiere event on August 17th. Here are eight of New England’s finest . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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