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Upcoming MMA fights for Long Islanders

Constantinos Philippou, left, and Court McGee exchange punches

Constantinos Philippou, left, and Court McGee exchange punches during the UFC on FX middleweight bout in Sydney, Australia. (March 3, 2012) (Credit: Getty)

Massapequa's Dennis Bermudez started things off right for Long Island-based MMA fighters when he won a unanimous decision over Pablo Garza at UFC on Fox 3 in New Jersey last Saturday.

But there are several more fights in the major MMA promotions involving Long Islanders coming up this summer. Have a look:

May 18: Al Iaquinta (Wantagh) will fight an opponent to be announced in the quarterfinals of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live."

May 19: Gian Villante (Levittown) fights Derrick Mehman at Strikeforce in San Jose, Calif.

July 7: Costa Philippou (Massapequa), pictured above left, fights Riki Fukuda at UFC 148 in Las Vegas.

July 11: Chris Weidman (Baldwin) headlines UFC on Fuel 4 against top-ranked middleweight Mark Munoz in a city to be announced.

July TBA: Ryan LaFlare (Lindenhurst) is scheduled to fight on a Strikeforce card to be announced against a to-be-determined opponent.

Tags: long island , ufc , strikeforce , dennis bermudez , chris weidman , gian villante , costa philippou , al iaquinta , ryan laflare

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