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World Series of Fighting to air on NBC as part of new deal

Justin Gaethje at open workouts for World Series

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World Series of Fighting will make its debut on NBC on July 5 as part of the new deal announced Tuesday that extends the broadcast agreement throught 2017.

NBC will maintain exclusive rights to WSOF events, with most of them airing live on NBC Sports Network and featured on NBC's digital platforms.

But that July 5 card will air on NBC, the first time the network has put a WSOF event...

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New Zealand, new opponent for Gian Villante

Gian Villante, at bottom, practices jiu-jitsu with William

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An injury caused Anthony Perosh to pull out of his June 28 fight in New Zealand, leaving the UFC's Gian Villante opponent-less for a bit.

In steps Sean O'Connell to replace Perosh on the UFC Fight Night card, the UFC announced Tuesday.

O'Connell (15-5) debuted in the UFC in March and was knocked out in the first round by Ryan Jimmo.

Villante (11-5, 1-2 UFC), from Levittown, is...

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MMA World Expo this summer in NYC

The fifth annual MMA World Expo will take

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Along with making the calendar switch to the summer, the fifth annual MMA World Expo at Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan this July will include an amateur MMA tournament.

Fighters Source, which held an amateur MMA tournament at the Hammerstein Ballroom in March 2013, will host its national championships at the expo. The winners will represent Team USA at worlds in London.

Abu Dhabi Combat...

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Senate speak: Quotes on the MMA bill

Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, left, poses with MMA

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The debate in the New York State Senate on Tuesday about the bill to legalize mixed martial arts mainly was for show. With that legislative body having passed it each of the past four years, it essentially was just an exercise in public speaking and a way for some politicians to have their views officially on the record. (It passed again this year, 44-16.)

But, amid all the platitudes and...

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Georges St-Pierre to star in 'Kickboxer' remake

Georges St-Pierre holds the belt after defeating Carlos

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Georges St-Pierre, the pseudo-retired former UFC welterweight champion, has something to look forward to now as he rehabs from a torn anterior cruciate ligament: starring in his next movie.

After a role in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," St-Pierre is now set to star in a remake of the Jean Claude Van Damme 1989 classic "Kickboxer."

No, GSP won't be taking over JCVD's lead role....

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Upcoming amateur MMA fights in Long Island and Queens

Nick Fiore, right, backs up Antonio Quinones with

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Another month or so left in this New York State legislative session to see if the unique law that bans professional mixed martial arts but allows for amateur MMA events gets changed.

In the meantime, there are two upcoming amateur MMA events in the Long Island area to keep an eye on.

1) New York Fight Exchange on June 7

NYFE 3: Unstoppable plans to crown the first WKA New York...

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UFC's Conor McGregor a sharp dresser with sharper tongue

Conor McGregor, of Ireland, leaves the ring draped

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Conor McGregor is a snazzy dresser, as you'll see in the video embedded below.

And the UFC featherweight from Ireland can talk even better than he can put an outfit together.

Among the highlights: "Now I’m back and I’m going to rip through them. I’ll smash Chad Mendes, I’ll annihilate Jose Aldo. I’m coming to take over the division. It’s my division.”

Plenty more in the video below...

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Women voice support for MMA in Albany

Ronda Rousey reacts after defeating Sara McMann following

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The argument put forth by those opposed to legalizing mixed martial arts in New York that the sport is anti-female and misogynistic came about as a talking point in the first quarter of 2013.

In the past 16 months, the UFC has headlined two pay-per-views with female fighter Ronda Rousey, put female fighters on its TV show “The Ultimate Fighter,” had female coaches on “TUF,” added female strawweights...

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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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