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John Dodson's lesson learned from 'TUF'

John Dodson reached the Ultimate Finale for Season

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Another 28 faces get a shot Tuesday night, but only half of them will become a name to know. For how long and in what context depends on the content of the already-filmed footage as it airs on FX over the course of the next three months.

Welcome to “The Ultimate Fighter,” a UFC reality competition that in 2005 helped launch the mixed martial arts promotion from the fringe of the sporting landscape...

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Bisping says this, Belfort says that

Brazil's Vitor Belfort at open workouts in a

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After the weigh-ins for UFC on FX in Brazil, Michael Bisping had this to say about Saturday night's bout:

 

Vitor Belfort had this to say in his post-weigh-in interview.

 

Newsday's app users can watch these videos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZB09ffFxGo&list=UUEQafBcFZq5id7E63yR47nw&index=1...

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Michael Bisping must win at UFC on FX

British fighter Michael Bisping, second from left, waves

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If Michael Bisping beats Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7 this weekend in Brazil, he gets the next title shot against middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

That's what UFC president Dana White has said publicly on several occasions. (Of course, that doesn't always mean much, just ask Anthony Pettis.)

Beating Belfort isn't easy. No one is saying it is (except for maybe Bisping, but that's...

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Gian Villante makes the UFC cut

MMA fighter Gian Villante of Levittown throws a

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A few weeks ago, Gian Villante was unsure of his next career opportunity.

Would the Strikeforce light heavyweight from Levittown, who was not on the promotion's final card last Saturday, become part of the UFC, or would he have to go searching for work elsewhere? (Zuffa owns both Strikeforce and UFC.)

On Tuesday night, those watching "UFC Tonight" on Fuel got that answer.

Villante...

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'Cowboy' takes it easy

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is confident he'll beat Anthony

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone will almost always give you one, and usually, quite a few to choose from.

But in this UFC of Fox 6 pre-fight video, Cerrone took it easy on opponent Anthony Pettis. Not pot shots that we could hear.

Still, give it a look leading into the Jan. 26 bout on free television....

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Strikeforce weigh-in live stream

Daniel Cormier during a photo shoot to promote

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Here's the last time we'll be able to say this: Come watch the Strikeforce weigh-in live stream with us.

The live stream will begin at 5 p.m. ET Friday from Oklahoma City, and includes Daniel Cormier, Josh Barnett, Nate Marquardt, Tarec Saffiedine and the rest of the fighters on the final card for Strikeforce.

The fights will air on Showtime on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET, with the prelims...

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Ultimate Fighter contestants for Season 17

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones arrives at

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The already-recorded Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter" begins airing on FX on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m., as coaches Jon Jones (pictured) and Chael Sonnen get their first look at the contestants.

None of those contestants are from Long Island, but there is one with New York City ties: Uriah Hall.

Hall, 28, is a veteran of Ring of Combat, the regional MMA promotion based out...

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Bellator MMA comes to Brooklyn

Construction workers outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (September

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First, the Nets, then the Islanders. Next up: Bellator MMA.

Bellator, the No. 2 MMA promotion, takes its turn being a part of Brooklyn's new Barclays Center.

For five Brooklyn Nets games in the next 32 days, Spike TV and Bellator will set up shop at the new arena with open workouts, meet and greets, and games.

Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran will do the first session...

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