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MMA lobby turns attention to Liberty Games

Byron Hunt, a member of the 1986 Super Bowl champion New York Giants and spokesman for the Liberty Games, greets Niskayuna sisters Kennedy, 9, left, and Jasmine Nautel, 12. during a news conference Wednesday in Albany
Byron Hunt, a member of the 1986 Super Bowl champion New York Giants and spokesman for the Liberty Games, greets Niskayuna sisters Kennedy, 9, left, and Jasmine Nautel, 12. during a news conference Wednesday in Albany
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It’s a good thing a select group of participants in the upcoming Liberty Games, a successor to the Empire State Games, are amateurs. Otherwise, they could be breaking state law. They are mixed martial arts fighters, competing in a modified version of a sport that has grown exponentially since the 1990s, but which remains an illegal activity in New York state if professional bouts are involved. A total of 15 Liberty Game events will be ...

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