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even though a the time he didn't have a h a l menting tP see what worked. By UFC 5 t+
style that i n c o r p o d all the arts. He had done process that c~nvwredvale tudo t o NHB and
his arm cros+imining in luta then to MMA had begun. I added time limits,
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eventually became the 15 when Cmmission&r Billy Lydns of the
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the New Jersey State Athletic mntd Board
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