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Long Island's Dennis Bermudez and Oklahoma's Matt Grice put on a thrilling fight Saturday at UFC 157 -- an instant candidate for every "Fight of the Year" Top 10 list that will surface in mid-December.
They each earned Fight of the Night honors and an accompanying $50,000 on top of their show money, and in Bermudez's case, win money, too.
Here's the video of Bermudez and Grice...Read more »
Michael Bisping never runs short on words to say. And when the UFC middleweight from England uses his words talk about Long Island's Chris Weidman, they're usually not nice ones.
A report surfaced late this week from Brazilian publication Tatame that the UFC is negotiating with Anderson Silva to defend his title against Weidman in July.
When asked Friday about that, Bisping said Weidman...Read more »
Long Island's closest UFC title contender, Chris Weidman, remains on the shelf as he rehabs from a shoulder injury. But as Weidman continues his way back to the middleweight division and a possible fight with champion Anderson Silva, plenty of other local fighters have UFC fights scheduled in the next two months. Here's a quick rundown: Featherweight Dennis Bermudez (Lindenhurst) will fight Matt...Read more »
The World Series of Fighting, one of the newest MMA promotions, announced Monday a three-year broadcast partnership with NBC Sports Network, one that promises at least six live events per year.
NBC Sports Network is NBC's fairly new 24-hour sports channel. The deal gives them another live event to promote -- and more importantly, the MMA audience to promote to. The network already airs NHL,...Read more »
Al Iaquinta, a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter's "TUF Live" season in 2012, has his first UFC fight booked.
The Wantagh-raised Iaquinta will fight Joe Proctor, a teammate of his on "TUF Live," at UFC 159 on April 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Since losing in the final by first-round submission to Michael Chiesa last June, Iaquinta (5-2-1) underwent...Read more »
UFC president Dana White says it's possible Long Island native Chris Weidman will be the next fighter to challenge Anderson Silva for his UFC middleweight title.
(Of course, he also said that Silva's next fight would be against Georges St-Pierre, and said the same thing about Jon Jones as well, so take this for what it's worth.)
“That fight’s closer and more possible than people think,"...Read more »
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,...Read more »
A few weeks ago, Gian Villante was unsure of his next career opportunity.
Would the Strikeforce light heavyweight from Levittown, who was not on the promotion's final card last Saturday, become part of the UFC, or would he have to go searching for work elsewhere? (Zuffa owns both Strikeforce and UFC.)
On Tuesday night, those watching "UFC Tonight" on Fuel got that answer.
Villante...Read more »
Gamma Labs has some Christmas spirit, taking their sponsored fighters and doing a 12 Days of Christmas spoof with MMA terms -- and some serious product placement.
Among the featured fighters are three Long Islanders -- UFC middleweight Chris Weidman of Baldwin, Strikeforce light heavyweight Gian Villante of Levittown and former UFC fighter Pete "Drago" Sell of Bay Shore.
Sell...Read more »
Here's the first video from our sit-down with Costa Philippou, UFC middleweight from Queens (by way of Long Island by way of Cyprus).
In this video, filmed at Serra BJJ in Levittown, Philippou talks about he found out he'd be replacing Serra-Longo teammate Chris Weidman at UFC 155 and what it means to his career to be fighting Tim Boetsch on Dec. 29....Read more »