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Video: Weidman hitting pads with Longo

Middleweight Chris Weidman of Baldwin, trains with Ray

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Here's a little clip of a training session between UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman hitting pads with trainer Ray Longo one night this past week in Garden City.

It was produced by Weintraub Films, which has been documenting Weidman's camp for UFC 168.

That should be an interesting piece when it's completed and released.

Watch the video embedded below.

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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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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...

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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...

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UFC fighter quotes on MMA in New York

Nicely manicured beard from @frankieedgar as he heads

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An Octagon arrived on Long Island, and on Saturday, UFC fighters were standing inside it.

If their attire had been different -- topless with board shorts rather than the T-shirts and jeans they did wear -- that would be a significant piece of news.

But, alas, professional mixed martial arts remains illegal in New York for reasons that are less about sports and more about politics.

It...

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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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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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Bellator title shot at stake for Long Island's Anthony Leone

Bellator bantamweight Anthony Leone grew up in Center

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There was a time when Anthony Leone lost four straight fights and was dropped from WEC, Strikeforce and Bellator, three of the four biggest mixed martial arts promotions out there.

That time was a 12-month span from June 2010 to May 2011.

Fast forward to October 2013, and here's Leone, the Center Moriches native, on the cusp of a Bellator title shot. Leone, winner of four straight bouts,...

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Chris Weidman still not intimidated by Anderson Silva

The fight poster for UFC 168 with Long

His image is on top. His name is listed first. He'll be introduced last.

Still, new UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman would have preferred a different photo be used in the poster for UFC 168 and his rematch against former champ Anderson Silva.

As for the "Leave No Doubt" tagline used on the poster?

"I like that," Weidman said Wednesday at a UFC 168 promotional...

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