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Weidman on the Sonnen-Silva comparisons

Chael Sonnen, top, punches Anderson Silva during a

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The most obvious and talked-about comparison for Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 162 has been Silva's two fights with Chael Sonnen.

In their first fight, Sonnen did what no other fighter had done. He dominated Silva -- before tapping out to an arm triangle in the final minutes of Round 5.

But the blueprint to beat Silva became clear, in part because Silva is rarely on the defensive.

Sonnen...

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War veterans turn to MMA

Soledad O'Brien makes her debut on HBO's "Real Sports" on Tuesday night (June 25) with an interesting piece on MMA.

Actually, it's more about war veterans turning to MMA as a way to combat against the memories etched in their minds from what they saw and did during the tours of duty as soldiers.

Here's a clip from the segment....

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Lorenzo Fertitta's statement on MMA not coming to a New York again

UFC chief executive and chairman Lorenzo Fertitta.

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UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta released this statement Tuesday night when the New York State Assembly failed to bring the bill to legalize MMA in the state to a full vote of its members:

“While our disappointment cannot be overstated, our commitment to seeing New York legalize the fastest growing sport in the nation and the world is intact and undeterred. We continue to strongly believe...

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Rashad Evans on winning and losing

Rashad Evans at UFC 114 at The MGM

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Earlier this week, Newsday asked Rashad Evans a few questions on winning and losing and the mentality involved with both. Here are his answers as Evans prepares to fight Dan Henderson at UFC 161 on Saturday night in Winnipeg:

“After you win a fight, you feel like you’re on top of the world and it feels like everything you've done has paid off. It’s such a rewarding feeling. But when you lose...

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Another lost title shot for Anthony Pettis

UFC fighter Anthony Pettis attends the Fox Hispanic

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This time, Anthony Pettis had his name on a contract and UFC marketing materials clearly indicating that he would fight for a title.

The past two times he was supposed to get a title shot, it never materialized. And on Friday, news broke that Pettis suffered a torn meniscus in his knee while training in Brazil and has to pull out of his featherweight title shot against Jose Aldo at UFC 163...

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Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson set for UFC 165

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is interviewed

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At lunch in Manhattan this past January, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was flipping through photos via an app on his phone. The poster of those photos was Alexander Gustafsson.

At the time, Jones said he was interested in learning more about the Swedish light heavyweight. Jones said Gustafsson seemed like a cool guy, but "I'm still gonna knock him out, though."

It...

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MMA, New York, the Assembly and time

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) during a news

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Eight calendar days remain, including today, until the New York State's legislative session comes to a close.

Not a lot of time left for the bill to legalize mixed martial arts to get passed, right? Well, to paraphrase a recent interview with Assemb. Matthew Titone from Staten Island, one day is like a lifetime in politics in Albany.

Still, the positive vibes from March when the bill...

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A quick moment with Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans after being defeated by Jon Jones

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You see him on television doing interviews or appearing as an analyst, and one thing is clear: Rashad Evans has a winning personality and a million-dollar smile.

He's also one heck of a fighter, with 22 wins in 25 career attempts. Fight No. 26 is Saturday against Dan Henderson at UFC 161 in Winnipeg.

Evans is also human, a characteristic often overlooked in athletes by consumers of the...

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Jon Fitch and Josh Burkman WSOF feature videos

Maybe that intense look on the face of

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Jon Fitch and Josh Burkman headline World Series of Fighting 3 this Friday in Las Vegas in what is the newer MMA promotion's biggest fight so far.

Below are featured videos on each fighter leading up to WSOF 3 on NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. ET Friday.

Jon Fitch

 

Josh Burkman

Newsday's app users can watch the videos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0ZruI4joDA...

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Anderson Silva, soccer star?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Anderson

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Good comedy can transcend nearly any language barrier.

This video, in Portuguese with no subtitles, attempts to answer this basic question: What would have happened if UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva became a soccer star instead?

Whether or not you can understand Portuguese is irrelevant to the amusement you'll get from watching this video that hit YouTube on Wednesday, 24 days...

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