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From WNY to UFC: Local connections to UFC 210

Matt Parrino

Age: 34

Title: Digital producer, writer and host of UFC Rankings Report on UFC.com.

Parrino was born and raised in Amherst, graduated from Williamsville North High in 2000 and the University at Buffalo in 2010. He's a former Buffalo News intern who has been covering UFC for the past three years.

He worked at D'Youville College as manager for the basketball team and bounced around the workforce going to college. Six years later after graduation, he's considered one of the top media authorities of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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Chris Costello

Age: 49

Title: Director of Public Relations.

Costello was born and raised in Rochester and graduated from Niagara University in 1989. He spent three decades involved in professional baseball, starting in 1979 when he was a batboy for the Rochester Red Wings.

He continued working for the Red Wings, alongside future Bills and Sabres President Russ Brandon, after graduating from college. He spent 12 years with the Tampa Bay Rays before accepting a similar position with UFC in 2010.

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Marc Ratner

Age: 72.

Title: Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs.

Ratner isn't from Western New York, but he has owned a home in Niagara Falls for several years. His wife, the former JoAnn Alvarez, grew up in Amherst and graduated from Sweet Home High before moving to Las Vegas.

A former executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and a critic of mixed-martial arts when the sport was in its infancy, he has been with the UFC for the past 11 years. He's also a member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

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