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Mark La Monica

I write in too many blogs to create individual profiles for each. So, whether you get roped into my musings on pop culture, "Entourage," mixed martial arts or the NFL, here are some things you should know about me:

1) No one's meatballs are as good as your mother's. It's undebatable.

2) "The Godfather III" and "Rocky V" get a bum rap. They're not nearly as bad as people make them out to be.

3) Randy "Macho Man" Savage is the forgotten man when it comes to old-school pro wrestling discussions.

4) If YouTube stopped existing, it would create quite a problem for us. How would we waste time at work? Where would all the things we push off until later go?

5) The hug in the ocean between Rocky and Apollo in "Rocky III" makes absolutely no sense, but it's impossible to change the channel when it comes on.

6) MTV doesn't need to play more videos, just create more channels that play videos.

7) Just chill to the next episode.

8) When is someone going to create a garlic-scented cologne? Or perhaps a hand cream of some sort?

9) ADA Jack McCoy would kick ADA Ben Stone's patoot any day in court, but Paul Robinette would smoke Jamey Ross, Abby Carmichael, Claire Kincaid, Danielle Borgia and Connie Rubirosa.

10) I nearly dumped a girlfriend who thought my clapping in 1995 when Don Mattingly finally reached the playoffs was "childish."

11) Lauren Conrad. I'm just saying.

12) Yo Mona Lisa, could I get a date on Friday? And if you're busy, I wouldn't mind taking Saturday-ay-ay, ay-ay-ay.

13) What's up, guy?

14) Victory!

15) Seeing Red Sox fans wretch at the mention of Wade Boggs on the horse in the Yankee Stadium is almost as funny as the episode of "Cheers" when Sam Malone and the rest of them "pantsed Wade Boggs."

16) I believe that after your favorite player retires or gets traded or signs elsewhere, there needs to be a one-year grace period before carefully selecting your next favorite player.

17) Swedish Fish, Mountain Dew make the world go round. Duct tape is a close third.

18) Twitter is the worst invention in history. Wait, how many characters was that?

Jonny Bonilla-Bowman wins Bellator debut

Jonny Bonilla-Bowman, a Serra-Longo fighter and former Hofstra

Jonny Bonilla-Bowman, a Serra-Longo fighter and former Hofstra wrestler, won his Bellator debut by split decision at Bellator 125 in Fresno, Calif., on Sept. 19, 2014. (Credit: Handout)

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There was one takedown attempted by Jonny Bonilla-Bowman, and it came in the final 10 seconds of the fight.

Instead, the former wrestler at Hofstra and Virginia Tech, used his arms and legs to punch and kick his way to a split-decision victory in his Bellator debut Friday night in Fresno, California. Bowman defeated Art Becerra in a featherweight bout at Bellator 125, with the judges scoring it 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.

Bowman (3-0), a Serra-Longo fighter, absorbed a good number of punches from Becerra in the first round. But as the fight continued in the second and the third round, Bowman emerged with consistent leg kicks that slowed Becerra.

The redness and purpleness of Becerra's left leg grew more visible as the fight continued. At certain points in the third round, Becerra could be seen hobbling slightly after Bowman landed his kicks.

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Bellator 125 fight card

Hofstra's Jonny Bonilla-Bowman, right, wrestles Ohio State's Jason

Hofstra's Jonny Bonilla-Bowman, right, wrestles Ohio State's Jason Johnstone at 157 pounds. (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy )

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Former Hofstra wrestler Jonny Bonilla-Bowman will make his Bellator MMA debut this Friday at Bellator 125 in Fresno, California. Bonilla-Bowman, a Serra-Longo fighter, will face Sergio Cortez on the prelims at the SaveMart Center.

Below is the entire Bellator 125 fight card:

Main card on Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET

Melvin Manhoef vs. Doug Marshall

Brian Rogers vs. Rafael Carvalho

Martin Stapleton vs. Goito Yamauchi

Javy Avala vs. Raphael Butler

Prelims on, 7 p.m.

Ron Keslar vs. Jesse Juarez

Aaron Wilkinson vs. Chris Honeycutt

Julio Cesar Neves Jr. vs. Poppies Martinez

Granson Clark vs. George Zuniga

Sergio Cortez vs. Jonny Bonilla-Bowman

Oscar Ramirez vs. Matt Ramirez

Joe Neal vs. Paul Ruiz

Anthony Ruiz vs. Nate James

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Against whom will Ronda Rousey next defend her UFC title against?

Cat Zingano Gina Carano Cris 'Cyborg' Justino Holly Holm Miesha Tate Someone else

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