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Don't sleep on Costa Philippou

Quick highlights of past UFC fights for Costa Philippou, who trains at Ray Longo MMA in Garden City. (Footage from UFC)

His full name is Constantinos Philippou, but he goes by "Costas" and is introduced as "Costa."

As trainer Ray Longo often says, "I New-Yorked his name."

However you choose to address the UFC middleweight, understand this: Philippou has quietly put together a four-fight win streak using precision striking and an ever-improving takedown defense.

And now the Cyprus native and Serra-Longo fight team member is gaining some attention as he prepares to fight Nick Ring at UFC 154 in Montreal. Philippou will be on the main card, which means you'll have to watch the pay-per-view in order to see the fight.

Here's a nice story from Yahoo!'s Kevin Iole on Philippou. Here's another one from

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