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Vitor Belfort and the UFC rankings paradox

Vitor Belfort arrives at the sixth annual Fighters

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Vitor Belfort won all three of his fights in 2013 by head-kick knockout. Not too shabby for the now 37-year-old Brazilian fighter who first debuted in 1997 at UFC 12.

Since returning to the UFC in 2009, Belfort has fought four times at middleweight, twice at light heavyweight and twice at a catchweight (195, 197 pounds). He's 6-2 in that span, with both losses coming in title fights (one in...

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Another UFC fight, another country for Ryan LaFlare

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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Carmen San Diego ain't got nothing on Ryan LaFlare.

Next up in LaFlare's tour of the world, compliments of Zuffa LLC, will be Dublin, Ireland. There, on July 19, the Lindenhurst native will fight Gunnar Nelson at the O2 Arena on UFC Fight Night.

"Big fight for me," the undefeated LaFlare told Newsday. "This will separate me from prospect to contender."

LaFlare cracked the UFC's...

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Jon Jones explains those offensive Instagram comments

Jon Jones yells on stage after the weigh

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When anti-gay comments were posted to his Instagram account last week, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones became that day’s most vilified person in social media.

Jones said the post didn’t come from him, but compounding the negativity was the confusion between conflicting tweets from Jones and his manager Malki Kawa. Jones said his phone was hacked, Kawa said his phone was lost or stolen.

“At...

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Aljamain Sterling books next UFC fight

Uniondale's Aljamain Sterling during a training session at

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Next up for the “Funkmaster” will be the “Wolverine.”

Aljamain Sterling, a Serra-Longo fighter from Uniondale, will fight Hugo Viana at UFC Fight Night in Atlantic City on July 16, Newsday has confirmed. Combate.com first reported the booking.

Sterling (9-0, 1-0 UFC), a bantamweight, won his UFC debut in February with a unanimous decision over Cody Gibson at UFC 170. Viana (8-2, 3-1)...

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Watch: Jon Jones on 'Live with Kelly & Michael'

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones arrives at

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Jon Jones told a number of us media folk on Monday that he's a big fan of Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan and that he was extremely excited to be a guest on Tuesday morning's "Live with Kelly and Michael."

The light heavyweight champ was the first UFC fighter to appear on the show, and it's in part to hype his UFC 172 title defense this Saturday in Baltimore.

Jones is no stranger to media...

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Which Long Islanders could be on UFC's Atlantic City card on July 16?

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez, who trains at Bellmore

The UFC has a pretty solid track record of putting a few local fighters on their cards when they travel outside the home base of Las Vegas.

So, when the top MMA promotion announced over the weekend that they would put on a fight night at the Revel in Atlantic City, N.J., on July 16, the immediate thoughts around here focused on who from Long Island might be on that card. (Since New York remains...

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Fallon Fox featured on HBO's 'Real Sports'

Fallon Fox, a transgender MMA fighter, at a

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Of course, the Matt Mitrione quotes are in there. Joe Rogan's too. And, yes, the opposing fighter who entered the cage to Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like a Lady."

But that's only the setup for what is a solid, balanced and interesting piece on Fallon Fox, the first openly transgender fighter in women's mma. What else would you expect from HBO's "Real Sports," which seems to always do a terrific...

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Eddie Gordon makes house on 'Ultimate Fighter'

MMA light heavyweight Eddie Gordon, of Freeport, trains

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Of the 32 contestants on Wednesday night's premiere episode of the new season of "The Ultimate Fighter," one was from Long Island: Eddie Gordon.

Of the 16 contestants who won their bouts and will appear on the full 19th season of "TUF," one is from Long Island: Eddie Gordon.

Gordon, who grew up and still lives in Freeport, won his fight by decision over Matt Gabel. Not much of his fight...

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Pizza and punches: Eddie Gordon's 'Ultimate Fighter' viewing party

MMA fighter Eddie Gordon, from Freeport, poses for

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In between the punching and kicking, perhaps try the Prince Edward mussels in a roasted garlic and lemon white wine sauce.

In the between the grappling and the backstories, maybe a slice of pizza and a few garlic knots.

Or just try whatever Eddie Gordon's serving at his "Ultimate Fighter" viewing party Wednesday night at Montana Brothers in Freeport.

“That’s my spot, I’ve been...

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Anderson Silva not worried about leg anymore

Anderson Silva gets ready before his UFC 148

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Any time Anderson Silva posts a new photo or video clip to his Instagram account that documents his path back from a nasty broken leg last December, cell towers put in for overtime.

In a new sitdown interview with UFC Fight Pass, clips of which were posted to UFC's social media accounts this week, Silva said he could be ready to fight again in four months or so.

He also made a remark...

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