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Video: Weidman, Silva on ESPN MMA Live

Chris Weidman, left and Anderson Silva embrace after

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On the off chance you haven't heard Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman answer these questions of late, here's one more chance.

Weidman, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, and Silva, the former champion, spent Thursday at ESPN doing a media blitz.

Here's a clip from MMA Live Extra.

(Newsday's app users can watch the video at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9726603)...

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LI's Al Iaquinta has new opponent for UFC Fight Night

Al Iaquinta of Wantagh will be a contestant

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Last week, Wantagh's Al Iaquinta was tabbed to replace the injured Paul Taylor in a fight against Anthony Njokuani scheduled for UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England, next month.

This week, it is Njokuani who had to pull out of the fight with an injury.

Iaquinta, a Team Serra-Longo fighter, will now face Piotr Hallman in a lightweight bout that same night.

Iaquinta (6-2-1,...

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BJJ video: Master Mansur, 9th degree red belt

Master Francisco Mansur

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If you’re a fan of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and its history, here is a video you must watch. It’s about 9th degree red belt Master Francisco Mansur and his student, fourth degree black belt Milton Regis. They run the Kioto Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools in Port Jefferson and Sayville.

Of course, 9th degree red belt is impressive enough. But perhaps more impressive is that Mansur is one of only 22...

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Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva UFC media tour stops in NYC

UFC champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chris Weidman

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In the span of eight days beginning Sept. 23, Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva will visit seven cities across the United States and Brazil to promote their rematch at UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Dec. 28.

Presumably, they will be asked many of the same questions in each city and offer the same answers. Expect quite a few of them to be about UFC 162 when Weidman upset Silva to win the middleweight...

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LI's Andrew Leone out of One FC title fight

Andrew Leone, who wrestled at Center Moriches High

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Andrew Leone, a Center Moriches native, was forced to pull out of his shot at the One FC flyweight title three days shy of the fight because of a knee injury.

Leone tweeted Wednesday that he has a slight tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his knee.

Leone (6-2) was scheduled to fight Shinichi Kojimain the Singapore-based promotion's inaugural flyweight title bout.

No...

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Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva make weight for UFC 162

Baldwin's Chris Weidman celebrates his second-round TKO of

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The following sentence should come as no surprise to MMA fans.

Anderson Silva, the UFC middleweight champion, and Baldwin's Chris Weidman, the challenger, both made weight Friday night for their main event title fight at UFC 162 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Weidman weighed in at 185 pounds, the mandatory maximum for a title fight at middleweight. Only in championship fights is the one-pound...

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UFC 162 Chris Weidman videos from Las Vegas

Chris Weidman at Ray Longo MMA during

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Newsday videographer Mario Gonzalez is in Las Vegas to chronicle Baldwin's Chris Weidman and his pursuit of the UFC middleweight championship belt against Anderson Silva at UC 162 on Saturday night.

Above is video from Thursday's press conference. Below, in the "Related" section is video from Wednesday's open workout, plus a video gallery of all the Chris Weidman videos from past...

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Live to Fight

Live to Fight Inc., started by Kristen Brown

If you pay close enough attention to the banner behind Chris Weidman this Saturday at UFC 162, you might see this logo.

It's a heart with a fist for a right curve and it represents Live to Fight Inc., a non-profit organization of which Weidman is a board member.

The non-profit based out of Centereach was founded by Kristen Brown, a cancer survivor and martial arts fan and practitioner....

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UFC 162 is 'time to shine' for Chris Weidman

Baldwin native Chris Weidman says he's never been

Many media outlets asked Chris Weidman the same sorts of questions during Monday's blitz around the city ahead of UFC 162 on Saturday.

Here are some of the answers he gave to Newsday, plus a cameo from training partner and UFC light heayweight Gian Villante....

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Mimicking Anderson Silva?

Anderson Silva, top, during an open workout for

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Part of the problem fighters face when preparing for Anderson Silva is that he's the best mixed martial artist in the world, which then creates this follow-up problem: finding someone with a similar skill set to bring in into training camp.

Jon Jones may be the only person capable of mimicking Silva, but he's not exactly available at the ready.

So, fighters such as Chris Weidman, who...

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