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Chris Weidman talks UFC 162 on SI Now

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Monday's media blitz began at 6:30 a.m. for Chris Weidman, the title hopeful from Baldwin who fights Anderson Silva at UFC 162 this Saturday.

Somewhere in the middle of that tour was this hit on SI Now, the live web show from Sports Illustrated.

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Weidman on the Sonnen-Silva comparisons

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The most obvious and talked-about comparison for Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 162 has been Silva's two fights with Chael Sonnen.

In their first fight, Sonnen did what no other fighter had done. He dominated Silva -- before tapping out to an arm triangle in the final minutes of Round 5.

But the blueprint to beat Silva became clear, in part because Silva is rarely on the defensive.


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Freeport's Eddie Gordon wins at CFA 11

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Transgender fighter Fallon Fox, a first in MMA, earned most if not all of the headlines leading into and following Friday night's Championship Fighting Alliance card in Coral Gables, Fla.

But earlier on that CFA 11 card was Freeport's Eddie Gordon, a former football player at Fordham.

The Serra-Longo trained fighter earned a second-round submission victory over Oscar Delgado in impressive...

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Now serving: The Gian burger

The Gian burger at Sal's Place in North

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UFC light heavyweight Gian Villante is a piece of meat, emphasis on the light.

See, there's this restaurant on Hicksville Road in North Massapequa. It's called Sal's Place.  At this restaurant, there's a burger menu. At the bottom of that burger menu, there's this: "Gian burger."

Yes, Villante has a burger named after him. Rather impressive for the 27-year-old MMA fighter...

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Some MMA numbers to go with Gov. Cuomo's words

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was quiet on the bill to legalize MMA in New York until earlier this year.

And on Tuesday in Albany, the governor spoke publicly again about becoming the 49th state to legalize the sport. He told the Capitol Pressroom radio program that if state lawmakers continue to promise "significant economic advancement," then they should take MMA "seriously."


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LI's Ryan LaFlare wins UFC debut at UFC on Fuel TV 9

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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For all of Benny Alloway's ability to avoid taking much damage, this much can be said: Ryan LaFlare spent 15 minutes putting him in disadvantageous situations.

That's the nature of LaFlare, the Lindenhurst native who won his UFC debut by unanimous decisoin at UFC on Fuel TV 9 in Sweden on Saturday. All three judges scored it 30-27 for LaFlare (8-0).

LaFlare scored three takedowns...

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LI's Ryan LaFlare at ease for UFC debut

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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Folks speak of the "UFC jitters" when it comes to fighters making their promotional debuts inside the Octagon.

For Lindenhurst native Ryan LaFlare, that may not be the case.

Yes, this Saturday, the undefeated welterweight fights in Sweden on the prelims for UFC on Fuel TV 9. But for a 29-year-old whose previous seven fights were in the regional promotion Ring of Combat, the...

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Bermudez, Grice talk about their thrilling UFC 157 fight

Dennis Bermudez celebrates his tap-out win against Tom

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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.

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Michael Bisping continues anti-Chris Weidman talk

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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...

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Long Island's influx on the UFC

Dennis Bermudez celebrates his tap-out win against Tom

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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...

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