Sports UFC fighters with NYC ties By AMNY.COM Updated February 24, 2016 5:30 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Of the more than 500 fighters on the UFC's active roster as of February 2016, these are the mixed martial artists with connections to New York City and its five boroughs. Jim Alers Photo Credit: Getty Images JIM ALERS Featherweight Jim Alers was born in New York City and fights out of Orlando, Florida. He made his UFC debut in April 2014 and won a split decision over Alan Omer. He is 1-1 with 1 no contest so far in the UFC. Oluwale Bamgbose Photo Credit: Getty Images/Jeff Bottari Oluwale Bamgbose was born in the Bronx and now lives and fights out of New York City. The middleweight debuted in the UFC against fellow New Yorker Uriah Hall in 2015. Chris Beal Photo Credit: Getty/Zuffa LLC Chris Beal, a flyweight, was born in Brooklyn and competed on Season 18 of "The Ultimate Fighter." Beal was a high school wrestler in California and lives and fights out of Ventura. He won his first two fights in the UFC in 2014. Randy Brown Photo Credit: Mario Gonzalez Born in New York, raised in Jamaica (the country), and now living in Queens, Randy Brown got his UFC break when he was discovered at a Ring of Combat event in November 2015 as part of Dana White's new web series, " Lookin' for a Fight." Brown won his UFC debut in January 2016 by unanimous decision. Lyman Good Photo Credit: Bellator MMA Good, a former Bellator champion who was born and lives in New York City, made his UFC debut on July 15, 2015. The veteran fighter won by second-round KO over Andrew Craig. Uriah Hall Photo Credit: Mario Gonzalez Uriah Hall was born in the island nation of Jamaica and moved to Queens when he was a boy. He grew up in Queens and later made Manhattan his home. Hall, a middleweight, rose to prominence with three impressive knockouts on Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter." Neil Magny Photo Credit: Getty Images NEIL MAGNY Neil Magny was 1-2 in the UFC. Then 2014 happened. The Brooklyn-born welterweight won all five of his fights in a calendar year, tying a UFC record. Magny, a Season 16 "Ultimate Fighter" cast member, now fights out of Denver. Rafael Natal Photo Credit: Mario Gonzalez Rafael "Sapo" Natal was born and raised in Brazil, but now lives and trains in New York City. Natal is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is an instructor at Renzo Gracie Academy in Manhattan. Phillipe Nover Photo Credit: UFC After more than five years away, Brooklyn's Phillipe Nover returned to the UFC with a May 16, 2015, bout in the Philippines. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Nover reached the finale on Season 8 of "The Ultimate Fighter." By AMNY.COM Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.