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Charity MMA/BJJ event with Ray Longo, Matt Serra and Renzo Gracie

Stitch goes to work on wrapping Matt Serra's

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Live to Fight, a charity organization that helps raise funds for people in the need in the MMA community, hosts its next event on Sunday, June 22 at Serra BJJ in Huntington.

This time, it's Ray Longo teaching MMA for two hours, followed by Matt Serra and Renzo Gracie for three hours in Gis teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Why?

To help Islip's Brian Baney, who has stage 4 brain cancer....

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Gian Villante, UFC fighter and heartthrob?

Sweat drips off Gian Villante after a jiu-jitsu

(Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)

The actual, more traditional journalism story advancing Gian Villante’s fight on Sunday against Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night will arrive on the Internet later this week and perhaps in Sunday’s newspaper as well.

For now, here’s a little bonus material from our interview last week. Just too funny to keep out of public view.

Most fighters use a nickname to help establish, ironically,...

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Long Island's Aljamain Sterling signs with UFC

Uniondale's Aljamain Sterling now has a contract with the UFC and will fight Lucas Martins at UFC 170 in Las Vegas on Feb. 22. The fight was agreed to by both participants, but the bout agreements had not yet been signed and received, a UFC official said Tuesday night.

Martins (13-1) has won two straight, including a first round submission of Junior Hernandez last September.

The timing...

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A stocking stuffer for Matt Serra

Matt Serra before his fight against Matt Hughes

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Matt Serra and Chris Weidman will be linked in MMA history books forever, and not just because Serra is Weidman's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor.

Both are from Long Island. Both train under Ray Longo. Both pulled off monumental upsets to win world titles against the best there ever was in their respective weight classes.

So when you converse at length with UFC commentator Joe Rogan about...

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Al Iaquinta's office life

Al Iaquinta of Wantagh trains at Ray Longo

(Credit: David Pokress/David Pokress)

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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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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