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The busy summer of Keith Trimble

Keith Trimble of Bellmore Kickboxing Academy discusses boxer

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It's not uncommon for boxing and MMA trainers to have multiple fighters on the same card for a night, or to have a number of fights lined up in a short time span.

Still, it's rather time consuming just to list it all out, let alone train each fighter, find sparring partners for each fighter, organize schedules for each fighter, travel with each fighter and corner each fighter.

Have a...

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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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Costa Philippou headlines UFC Fight Night vs. Luke Rockhold

Costa Philippou of Long Island reacts after the

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Costa Philippou was on a roll through the middleweight division of the UFC until a lackluster performance against Francis Carmont in September ended his five fight-win streak.

Luke Rockhold was doing rather nicely as the Strikeforce middleweight champion until a leg belonging to Vitor Belfort blasted him in the head in his UFC debut last May.

On Jan. 15, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 35 in...

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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...

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Ryan LaFlare returns to win at Ring of Combat 43

LI's Ryan LaFlare trains for MMA title shot

The last time Ryan LaFlare fought inside a steel cage, everyone loved Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, Carmelo Anthony was a Denver Nugget and LeBron James was still a month away from making "The Decision."

Out of action for more than two and a half years because of injuries, LaFlare returned Friday night to the same set of results as every one of his previous fights: victory.

LaFlare,...

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