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As UFC career grows, Ryan LaFlare keeps friends close to heart

 
 
This time is personal.

On the field where they played lacrosse together, Ryan LaFlare talks to his friends. To Jimmy. To Dennis. To Joe.

That field in Lindenhurst is now a cemetery. His friends are gone.

"It helps me remember my childhood, remember who I am, where I come from, why I am the man I am," LaFlare said. "Those guys I grew up with, those were the guys who were with me before I was fighting, before I was doing anything, so I definitely like to pay them respects."
 
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