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Three months back, there were plates of chicken parm, Caesar's salad and other treats going around the table at Carmine's in Manhattan.
Assorted MMA media were there, as were Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. The two UFC light heavyweights, there to promote the newest season of "The Ultimate Fighter" as coaches, were cordial and friendly.
There was even an amusing phone call that...Read more »
Time for the results of our last Fightin' Words reader poll. As usual, the typical disclaimer: These results are about as scientific as that sock you found under the bed after two years.
Who will have the more successful UFC career?
78% -- Uriah Hall
22% -- Kelvin Gastelum
(Note: This question was posed after Gastelum upset Hall to win Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter.")...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was quiet on the bill to legalize MMA in New York until earlier this year.
And on Tuesday in Albany, the governor spoke publicly again about becoming the 49th state to legalize the sport. He told the Capitol Pressroom radio program that if state lawmakers continue to promise "significant economic advancement," then they should take MMA "seriously."
“I...Read more »
Michael Bisping says a great many things about a great many people when questions are posed of him.
And sometimes, the talkative Brit will answer questions asked of people.
On Monday's UFC 159 media conference call, a reporter asked Alan Belcher what he thought a win over Bisping would do for his career in the middleweight division.
Belcher began to answer the question. He got...Read more »
Why is that we never seem satisfied with greatness at the time when it is great?
It's hard to argue against Jon Jones being the best light heavyweight champion the UFC has seen, even if he is one title defense away from tying Tito Ortiz's UFC-record five in a row. Jones goes for No. 5 this Saturday against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 in Newark.
But many want to dream about what's next for...Read more »
What do Benson Henderson, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Fitch have in common?
None of those three fighters have finished an opponent in three or more years.
What do Benson Henderson, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Fitch NOT have in common?
Henderson is the only one of those fighters that MMA people don’t complain about always going the distance in fights. Interesting, isn’t it?
There...Read more »
For the past several years, Gilbert Melendez has been considered the best lightweight outside of the UFC. As Strikeforce became less and less relevant under the Zuffa banner, talk focused on possible matchups for Melendez and top lightweights in the UFC.
But since the calendar turned to 2012, the former Strikeforce champion (21-2) has fought one time -- a split decision win over Josh Thomson...Read more »
The second women's MMA fight in UFC history came with far less fanfare than the first.
No Ronda Rousey will do that, as will no championship on the line and no need to sell pay-per-views since Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano fought on the Ultimate Finale 17 on FX in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
To elaborate on the difference between the first and second fights: Zingano's ring entrance wasn't...Read more »
Miesha Tate talks about why she trained more with female fighters than in the past leading up to her bout against Cat Zingano at Ultimate Finale 17 on Saturday night.
Newsday's app users can watch this video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9TpZioDv3w&list=UUEQafBcFZq5id7E63yR47nw&index=1...Read more »
Hear from Season 17 "Ultimate Fighter" finalsts Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum after weigh-ins in the video embedded below.
The two will fight Saturday night at 9 p.m. on FX.
Newsday's app users can watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKPGs_qegSA&list=UUEQafBcFZq5id7E63yR47nw&index=2&noredirect=1...Read more »