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On Chael Sonnen, Uriah Hall and Anderson Silva

UFC light heavyweights Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen talks how he needs to talk when it’s time to talk.

Meaning, if it’s time to hype a fight, he’ll go to town with the commentary, wit and hyperbole needed to sell tickets and pay-per-view. If it’s time to chill, he can be chill.

And if it’s time to build up a fighter’s confidence, Sonnen can do that as well.

Here’s what Sonnen said to Uriah Hall as he prepared to fight...

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64 sponsors on bill to legalize MMA in New York

Chris Weidman, left, punches Mark Munoz during the

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There are a total of 64 sponsors on the state Assembly's bill to legalize mixed martial arts in New York.

What does that mean for fans and fighters who have had to spend their money in other states to watch MMA competitions?

Well, on its face, it means there's a heck of a lot of support for the bill this year, thanks in large part to Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, who introduced...

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LI's Ryan LaFlare wins UFC debut at UFC on Fuel TV 9

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

For all of Benny Alloway's ability to avoid taking much damage, this much can be said: Ryan LaFlare spent 15 minutes putting him in disadvantageous situations.

That's the nature of LaFlare, the Lindenhurst native who won his UFC debut by unanimous decisoin at UFC on Fuel TV 9 in Sweden on Saturday. All three judges scored it 30-27 for LaFlare (8-0).

LaFlare scored three takedowns...

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Invicta 5 results: New champ, Cyborg returns

Michelle Waterson submitted Jessica Penne in the fourth

(Credit: Invicta FC/Esther Lin)

A quick rundown of the results from Invicta FC 5 in Kansas City on Friday night:

Main card

Atomweight championship: challenger Michelle Waterson submitted Jessica Penne by armbar – Round 4, 2:31

Flyweight championship: Barb Honchak won a unanimous decision over Vanessa Porto  (50-45, 49-46, 48-47) to win the inaugural title.

Cris Cyborg beat Fiona Muxlow by TKO (punches)...

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LI's Ryan LaFlare at ease for UFC debut

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

Folks speak of the "UFC jitters" when it comes to fighters making their promotional debuts inside the Octagon.

For Lindenhurst native Ryan LaFlare, that may not be the case.

Yes, this Saturday, the undefeated welterweight fights in Sweden on the prelims for UFC on Fuel TV 9. But for a 29-year-old whose previous seven fights were in the regional promotion Ring of Combat, the...

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Michael Bisping says something nice about Chris Weidman

British fighter Michael Bisping gestures during the weigh-in

(Credit: AP Photo Andre Penner)

Michael Bisping has done his share of bashing Long Island's Chris Weidman in the public sphere when there's a camera available.

Well, here's a video where Bisping actually says nice/positive things about Weidman's chances against middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 162 in July.

(Newsday's app users can watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIiDBTtQONU)...

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Uriah Hall delivers another huge KO on 'Ultimate Fighter'

Uriah Hall, from Queens, is a contestant on

(Credit: FX/Robert Zuckerman)

Perhaps the best way to explain what Uriah Hall did to Bubba McDaniel in the "The Ultimate Fighter" quarterfinals that aired Tuesday night is to repeat what McDaniel said in the seconds after he got knocked out.

"What's wrong?," McDaniel said. "What's wrong? Huh? What's wrong? Why is my eye -- -- up? My eye hurts."

Hall, who grew up in Queens after emigrating...

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