This past Saturday, UFC Fight Night 26, the second Ultimate Fighting Championship event ever held in Boston, went off without a hitch at the TD Banknorth Garden. The event featured hometown fighters John Howard and Joe Lauzon in two separate main card fights, Chael Sonnen, one of the biggest smacktalkers in the world of mixed martial arts, and the big time arrival of Irish phenom Conor McGregor in an undercard bout. Though it was a great night of fights, it almost didn't happen because of the enforcement of an obscure section of Massachusetts labor law and a prolonged labor dispute in Las Vegas. Yes, reports Garrett Quinn, a labor dispute in Las Vegas nearly derailed a sporting event in Boston.
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