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Coming in heavy didn't slow down Andrew Leone in his ONE FC bout Friday night.
Leone, who missed weight by two pounds, defeated flyweight Shinichi Kojima at ONE FC War of Nations in Kuala Lumpur. It was his first fight since a knee injury last September postponed this fight then for the Singapore-based promotion.
Leone (7-2), a Center Moriches native now living in Phuket, Thailand, had...Read more »
As their careers begin, MMA fighters get typecasted quicker than actor Frank Vincent in gangster roles.
UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez came to MMA with a background as a collegiate wrestler and a freestyle All-American credit to his name.
Very easy for opponents to look at that and say “Oh, he’s gonna try to take me down.”
But if you watch the body of work put forth by Bermudez...Read more »
There's another one of those UFC fight cards this weekend -- UFC 171 in Dallas on Saturday, to be exact. Whether or not the card is "stacked" and the fights are "sick" is up to each person to determine for themselves.
What remains undisputed about UFC 171, though, is this: the welterweight division will look completely different Sunday morning and again Monday afternoon when the new UFC rankings...Read more »
A loss and an injury later, Anthony Leone gets a shot at the Bellator bantamweight title this Friday.
The loss was his, the injury was his opponent's. Rafael Silva beat Leone, who grew up in Center Moriches, last October in the Bellator 2013 Summer Series tournament finale to earn the title shot against Eduardo Dantas. But Silva injured his knee last month and had to pull out of the fight,...Read more »
MMA Platinum Gloves begins its second season on March 29 at The Sports Arena in St. James.
Here's a look at the latest fight card. More details and tickets available at mmaplatinumgloves.com.
Prince Uchegbu vs. Stephen Pritchett
Rufat Abbasov vs. Nick Fiore
Danny Ochart vs. Punhan Guliyev
Frankie...Read more »
Since his upset win over Tim Boetsch at the end of 2012, Costas Philippou has dropped his last two fights.
The Massapequa Park resident, ranked No. 10 in the UFC middleweight division, gets his next chance to climb back up the ladder. Philippou (12-4, 5-3 UFC) will fight Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night in Cincinnati on May 10. Both parties have verbally agreed to the bout, the UFC said Sunday.
Larkin...Read more »
Long Island may not be Brazil when it comes to producing the volume of mixed martial arts fighters, but this little spot has come quite far in the seven years since East Meadow's Matt Serra knocked out Georges St-Pierre in 2007.
There are seven Long Islanders in the UFC at the moment, plus others in Bellator, ONE FC and elsewhere.
The followng list is by no means exhaustive, but have...Read more »
Ryan LaFlare's first year in the UFC has taken him to new levels -- on frequent flyer programs.
His first fight was in Sweden, his second in Brazil and his third in California. And that was just in 2013.
LaFlare, from Lindenhurst has his next fight booked now and, yes, he's taking another big trip. LaFlare (10-0, 3-0 UFC) will fight welterweight John Howard at UFC Fight Night in Abu...Read more »
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson returns to the Bellator cage Friday night, and he'll do so as a participant in the MMA promotion's light heavyweight tournament.
Here's the fight card for Bellator 110, scheduled for Feb. 28 at Mohegan Sun:
Main card, 9 p.m. ET on Spike
Light heavyweight semifinals
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Christian M’Pumbu
King Mo Lawal vs. Mikhail Zayats
Featherweight...Read more »
Dan Hardy returns to the UFC -- just not as a fighter.
"The Outlaw" will instead provide commentary for six UFC Fight Night events that will air only on the promotion's new Fight Pass digital network.
Don't let the Brit's red mohawk and often over-the-top quotes fool you, Hardy was always among the friendliest fighters around. He hasn't fought in about 18 months after being diagnosed...Read more »