Gerren Nixon, 44, of Wyandanch, formed the Urban Arm Wrestling League, a company that sponsors tournaments and promotes the sport on Long Island, in 2019. He has been a fan of the sport since he saw the Sylvester Stallone movie "Over the Top" in the 1980's. Arm wrestling is popular around the world, particularly in Eastern Europe, but it remains a largely underground event in the United States, with few sponsors and no television coverage of tournaments. Nixon said there are very few arm wrestlers of color and he believes he’s the only Black arm wrestling league owner. He is working to build a network of local teams to compete across the country and it is a dream of his to be able to one day crown a homegrown champion from Long Island.
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