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Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Miyao at World Jiu-Jitsu Expo

Jon Fitch in a scene from the MMA

Add Jon Fitch to the superfight schedule for the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo next month in Long Beach, Calif.

Fitch will go against BJJ world champion Paulo Miyao in a 20-minute submission only match, Renzo Gracie told Newsday on Thursday.

"He's a fighter," Gracie said. "I couldn't beleive when we offered him such a tough opponent, he took it right away and not even a question."

Two...

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Knockout video: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Erick Silva

Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea, top, fights

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Words can paint a picture, but so can embed code.

Watch below as Dong Hyun Kim, a top-level grappler, blasts Erick Silva in the face with a left hand for the knockout at UFC Fight Night in Brazil.

(Newsday's app users can watch at youtube.com/watch?v=oopnSKmeCVY#t=43)...

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Did Rousimar Palhares hold ankle lock too long?

Rousimar Palhares at open workouts Wednesday at Church

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Here's a shocker: Rousimar Palhares submitted his opponent, Mike Pierce, by ankle lock at UFC Fight Night in Brazil on Wednesday.

But the question after the fight and again Thursday morning is this: Did Palhares hold the submission move too long after Pierce tapped 31 seconds into the fight?

UFC officials thought so and chose not to award Palhares the $50,000 submission of the night...

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Weidman to host BJJ seminar for Live to Fight charity

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at a press

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UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, a newly minted brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Danaher and Matt Serra, will host a BJJ seminar for the Live To Fight charity of which he is a board member.

The event will be at Renzo Gracie's academy in Manhattan (224 W. 30th St.) on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.

The No Gi BJJ seminar will also include top UFC lightweight Jim Miller,...

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Sneak peek: Frank Shamrock in 'Bound by Blood'

Frank Shamrock walks out of the cage after

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Here's a sneak peek at a new Frank Shamrock documentary airing Thursday at 11 p.m. on Spike TV.

"Shamrock: Bound by Blood" includes a look at his MMA career, his backstory as an imprisoned teen and an on-camera meeting with his estranged adoptive brother Ken Shamrock.

If you've read Shamrock's autobiography (pretty good read, by the way), this is the movie version. Sort of.

 

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Some reasons to watch UFC Fight Night: Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields

More than 55,000 fans will be in attendance

I understand the Internet was built around assigning numbers to lists of things, but for the sake of fun, let's be different today. Rather than give you the psychologically comfortable number or five or 10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night in Brazil on Wednesday night, here are "some" reasons to spend some of your evening tuned into Fox Sports 1 for the fights.

-- All 10 bouts are...

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UFC Primetime Velasquez-Dos Santos episode 2 recap

Junior dos Santos, top right, takes down Cain

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These days, such commentary usually winds up on Twitter, lost to many of you in your timelines or -- gasp! -- not even seen by those not on Twitter.

So, here were my thoughts as I watched the second episode of "UFC Primetime" leading up to Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, 2013, in Houston.

-- Um, wherever those opening beach scenes are from, yeah,...

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Dana White on Dominick Cruz, UFC title defense policy

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is a coach

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As of Monday, it has been two years and six days since UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz last fought instead the octagon.

Knee surgery caused him to miss his title defense against Urijah Faber at UFC 148 (the co-main event with Anderson Silva's rematch against Chael Sonnen). A second knee surgery caused an even longer delay for Cruz.

UFC president Dana White said recently that...

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At the movies . . . UFC 167

Georges St-Pierre watches Canada's Francis Carmont in his

(Credit: AP Photo Chris Young)

Coming to a movie theater near you on Nov. 16, 2013 -- the UFC's biggest pay-per-view star and the UFC's 20th anniversary show.

UFC 167, headlined by welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks, will be broadcast in movie theaters that night via Fathom Events.

This is at least the fourth time the UFC has partnered with NCM for a one-night only special event.

Two...

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NYFE Amateur MMA fight card in Queens

nyfe fight poster

New York Fight Exchance will host its first amateur MMA event on Friday (Oct. 4) at the Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens.

Nine Long Islanders will be featured on the card, which is sanctioned by the WKA. NYFE's Facebook page says the event includes "full ground and pound" rules.

Here's the fight card:

Main Event

Jerome Mickle 8-0-0, 170 lbs from MMA University,...

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