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MMA is finally legal in the state of New York and the UFC is heading there in November, so what better time to take a look at some of the best UFC fighters to come out of the Excelsior state.

In no particular order ...

Jon Jones

Jones is arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in rotation today, so it's a no-brainer he'd make the list. Jones hails from Rochester, N.Y. but now trains at Jackson-Winklejohn in New Mexico. He has a 22-1 record and currently holds the light heavyweight interim title.

What's next: Jones faces Daniel Cormier to unify the light heavyweight title at UFC 200.

Chris Weidman

Weidman is probably the most recognizable New Yorker on this list if not for his accent alone. Weidman comes from Baldwin, New York and fights under Serra-Longo Fight Team in Long Island. He was undefeated at middleweight until losing to Luke Rockhold in 2015.

Whats next: Talk of a rematch with Rockhold, or a shot at the new title holder Michael Bisping have been rumored, but nothing official has been announced as Weidman is recovering from neck surgery.

Rashad Evans

Evans comes from Niagara Falls, N.Y. and trains with the Blackzillians in Florida. He's coming off of two disappointing losses, but has a respectable 19-5 record.

What's next: Some have questioned if Evans should or will return, but nothing formal has been announced either way.

Uriah Hall

Hall might not be the most recognizable fighter on this list, but I think he's heading to the top. Hall comes from New York City, but splits time training between the east and west coasts. He's got a 12-6 record with a recent win over Gegard Mousasi.

What's next: Hall was set to face Anderson Silva in Brazil for UFC 198, but the bout was scrapped at the last minute when Silva underwent emergency gallbladder surgery. No rematch or new fight has been announced for Hall since.

Gian Villante

Villante comes from Bellmore, N.Y., and trains there as well. He has quite a career stemming from Ring of Combat then Strikeforce and now the UFC. He has a 14-7 record.

What's next: Villante is coming off a decision loss at UFC 196, but no new fights have been announced.

Dennis Bermudez

Native New Yorker Bermudez comes from Saugerties, NY and trains in Long Island. He's currently 15-5 with wins over Clay Guida and Max Holloway.

What's next: Bermudez is set to face Rony Mariano Bezerra at UFC Fight Night 92 in August.

Al Iaquinta

Iaquinta is from New York City and trains with Weidman at Serra-Longo Fight Team in Long Island. He's long been a fan-favorite on the east coast. He's on a four-fight win streak with a record of 12-3.

What's next: No new bouts have been announced.

(Photos by Amy Kaplan)


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