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LI's Ryan LaFlare vs. Court McGee at UFC on Fox 9

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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Based on Ryan LaFlare's injury history, his fighter nickname may as well be "Pre-Existing Condition." But the 30-year-old UFC fighter from Lindenhurst entered his fight last Saturday the healthiest he's been in years. He left Brazil victorious and, now, three days later, he has his next fight booked. In four and a half weeks. LaFlare (9-0, 2-0 UFC) will fight Season 11 "Ultimate...

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Liz Carmouche talks MMA, military, fans

Liz Carmouche attempts to submit Ronda Rousey during

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Not every quote can find its way into a story, so here are a few leftovers from a pre-fight chat with Liz Carmouche. By the way, the 29-year-old former Marine lost to Alexis Davis via unanimous decision at UFC Fight for the Troops 3 at Fort Campbell in Kentucky on Wednesday night. On her first interest in martial arts as a kid . . .

"The cool kung-fu movies." On turning to MMA...

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New EA Sports UFC trailer released, sort of

Jon Jones yells on stage after the weigh

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A new clip from EA Sports hit YouTube on Monday entitled "EA Sports UFC - Vision trailer." It opens with a disclaimer slate that reads, "May Contain Content Inappropriate for Children." What it should say is this: "May Not Contain Content From The Actual Game as the Word 'Trailer' Would Imply." But that's too much copy for one screen in large font. So, instead, you've...

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UFC Primetime GSP vs. Hendricks episode 1 recap

UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks after a workout at

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Thoughts as they progressed through my brain while watching the first episode of "UFC Primetime: Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks" leading into UFC 167. — If you recall all past media opportunities, every fight is the greatest challenge Georges St-Pierre has faced in his career. — Remnants of a shiner on St-Pierre’s right eye. — GSP thinks about Johny Hendricks when he’s going to...

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Rampage to fight in Atlantic City Nov. 15

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has signed to fight for

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Remember when it was supposed to be Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz on Bellator's pay-per-view debut? Well, now it's Rampage vs. Joey Beltran on Spike TV in Atlantic City on Nov. 15. Ortiz pulled out of the Nov. 2 bout late last week with a neck injury, forcing the pay-per-view card to shift to Spike TV with Michael Chandler's rematch against Eddie Alvarez elevated to the main...

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Michael Chandler-Eddie Alvarez 'Unfinished Business' recap

Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

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Almost two years to the day since Michael Chandler took Eddie Alvarez's Bellator lightweight title, the rematch headlines Bellator 106. Of course, that Nov. 2 card was supposed to be headlined by Tito Ortiz vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, but Ortiz pulled out with a neck injury last week. Spike TV aired a half-hour special hyping Chandler vs. Alvarez II last night. Here are my in-the-moment...

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Al Iaquinta's office life

Al Iaquinta of Wantagh trains at Ray Longo

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Al Iaquinta wakes up in the morning and goes to work. Througout the day, he works. At night, he works. But his job is a bit different. His "business casual" attire is a rash guard and board shorts. The life of an MMA fighter does indeed have its perks . . . when someone isn't punching them in the face or kicking them in the ribs. “I cant imagine working a 9-5," the 26-year-old Wantagh...

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Poll results: No love for Jose Aldo

Jose Aldo celebrates his unanimous decision victory over

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Jose Aldo hasn't lost a fight in eight years and yet the UFC featherweight champion from Brazil gets shown very little love as the best pound-for-pound fighter MMA fighter in the world. That's because of who's ahead of him. Heck, Aldo even lost out to anyone not already listed as an option. In our latest Fightin' Words reader poll, Jon Jones took the plurality of votes (a total of 1,835 were cast)...

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MMA Platinum Gloves tourney fight card

Mixed martial arts amateur fighter Prince Uchegbu trains

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Here's the fight card for the first round of the MMA Platinum Gloves amateur tournament on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Upsky Hotel in Hauppauge. Welterweights

Stuart Gordon (1-0) vs. Zac Rosado (0-0) Steven Haynes (0-1) vs. Ricky Pigatti (0-0) Salvatore Dicristo (0-0) vs. Jude Paulemon (0-0) Lightweights

Nick Fiore (0-0) vs. Alexander Capogna (0-0) Antonio Quiñones (0-0) vs. Jose Rosado...

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UFC Primetime Velasquez-Dos Santos episode 3 recap

Junior Dos Santos poses for a photo after

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The last episode of "UFC Primetime" featuring Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos aired Wednesday night. And in keeping with the tradition started two weeks ago, here's my running take on the episode.   — I hope the reactions shown by Javier Mendez and Daniel Cormier watching the quotes from Junior Dos Santos’ camp were real and not staged for the scene.   — Cormier has...

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