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Eddie Gordon on Season 19 of 'The Ultimate Fighter'

MMA light heavyweight Eddie Gordon, of Freeport, trains

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Freeport's Eddie Gordon, who trains with Ray Longo and Matt Serra, is among the 32 contestants on Season 19 of "The Ultimate Fighter."

The UFC announced the fighters on Tuesday. Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn will be the coaches and will fight one another at the live finale on July 6. The show has already completed filming.

The season will premiere Wednesday, April 16 at 10 p.m. on Fox...

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Gian Villante, UFC fighter and heartthrob?

Sweat drips off Gian Villante after a jiu-jitsu

(Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)

The actual, more traditional journalism story advancing Gian Villante’s fight on Sunday against Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night will arrive on the Internet later this week and perhaps in Sunday’s newspaper as well.

For now, here’s a little bonus material from our interview last week. Just too funny to keep out of public view.

Most fighters use a nickname to help establish, ironically,...

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Six title fights set for Ring of Combat 48

Chris Wade, left, and Andre Harrison, right, spar

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Ring of Combat has a history of sending its fighters to the UFC and other top mixed martial arts promotions -- a list that runs more than 80 names deep and includes Matt Serra, Frankie Edgar, Chris Weidman, Josh Koscheck, Uriah Hall and Edson Barboza, to name a few.

On May 16 at The Tropicana in Atlantic City, Ring of Combat returns for its 48th fight card. Six titles will be in the line,...

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The big UFC welterweight ranking shakeup

Hector Lombard poses during a UFC portrait session

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This should come as no surprise (and not just because we told you last week to expect this to happen), but this week's UFC welterweight rankings look significantly different than they did last week.

First, here's how they looked last week (March 10):

1. Johny Hendricks

2. Carlos Condit

3. Robbie Lawler

4. Rory MacDonald

5. Jake Ellenberger

6. Jake Shields

7....

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LI's Andrew Leone wins at ONE FC War of Nations

Andrew Leone, left, defeated Shinichi Kojima by unanimous

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Coming in heavy didn't slow down Andrew Leone in his ONE FC bout Friday night.

Leone, who missed weight by two pounds, defeated flyweight Shinichi Kojima at ONE FC War of Nations in Kuala Lumpur. It was his first fight since a knee injury last September postponed this fight then for the Singapore-based promotion.

Leone (7-2), a Center Moriches native now living in Phuket, Thailand, had...

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UFC 171's Dennis Bermudez keeps evolving

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez at Long Island MMA

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As their careers begin, MMA fighters get typecasted quicker than actor Frank Vincent in gangster roles.

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez came to MMA with a background as a collegiate wrestler and a freestyle All-American credit to his name.

Very easy for opponents to look at that and say “Oh, he’s gonna try to take me down.”

But if you watch the body of work put forth by Bermudez...

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UFC 171 to give welterweight rankings a big makeover

Robbie Lawler celebrates his split-decision victory over Rory

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There's another one of those UFC fight cards this weekend -- UFC 171 in Dallas on Saturday, to be exact. Whether or not the card is "stacked" and the fights are "sick" is up to each person to determine for themselves.

What remains undisputed about UFC 171, though, is this: the welterweight division will look completely different Sunday morning and again Monday afternoon when the new UFC rankings...

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Bellator 111 fight card: LI's Leone goes for title

Bellator bantamweight Anthony Leone grew up in Center

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A loss and an injury later, Anthony Leone gets a shot at the Bellator bantamweight title this Friday.

The loss was his, the injury was his opponent's. Rafael Silva beat Leone, who grew up in Center Moriches, last October in the Bellator 2013 Summer Series tournament finale to earn the title shot against Eduardo Dantas. But Silva injured his knee last month and had to pull out of the fight,...

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Amateur MMA Platinum Gloves returns to Long Island

Prince Ughebhu, right, squares up against Fernando Saavedra

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

MMA Platinum Gloves begins its second season on March 29 at The Sports Arena in St. James.

Here's a look at the latest fight card. More details and tickets available at mmaplatinumgloves.com.

Featherweight Championship

Prince Uchegbu vs. Stephen Pritchett

Lightweight Championship

Rufat Abbasov vs. Nick Fiore

Featherweights

Danny Ochart vs. Punhan Guliyev

Frankie...

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Costas Philippou gets Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night

Costa Philippou of Long Island reacts after the

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Since his upset win over Tim Boetsch at the end of 2012, Costas Philippou has dropped his last two fights.

The Massapequa Park resident, ranked No. 10 in the UFC middleweight division, gets his next chance to climb back up the ladder. Philippou (12-4, 5-3 UFC) will fight Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night in Cincinnati on May 10. Both parties have verbally agreed to the bout, the UFC said Sunday.

Larkin...

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