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Pizza and punches: Eddie Gordon's 'Ultimate Fighter' viewing party

MMA fighter Eddie Gordon, from Freeport, poses for

(Credit: James Escher)

In between the punching and kicking, perhaps try the Prince Edward mussels in a roasted garlic and lemon white wine sauce.

In the between the grappling and the backstories, maybe a slice of pizza and a few garlic knots.

Or just try whatever Eddie Gordon's serving at his "Ultimate Fighter" viewing party Wednesday night at Montana Brothers in Freeport.

“That’s my spot, I’ve been...

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Eddie Gordon on Season 19 of 'The Ultimate Fighter'

MMA light heavyweight Eddie Gordon, of Freeport, trains

(Credit: James Escher)

Freeport's Eddie Gordon, who trains with Ray Longo and Matt Serra, is among the 32 contestants on Season 19 of "The Ultimate Fighter."

The UFC announced the fighters on Tuesday. Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn will be the coaches and will fight one another at the live finale on July 6. The show has already completed filming.

The season will premiere Wednesday, April 16 at 10 p.m. on Fox...

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Oooh, another Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and

(Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

Hard to really understand the point of staredowns beyond photo ops and content creation for video players.

Alas, here's the video of the Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown from the "TUF" 18 final episode.

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://foxs.pt/IvWubE)...

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TUF's Raquel Pennington on being a gay athlete

Undefeated Cat Zingano, left, at weigh-ins against bantamweight

(Credit: Invicta FC/Esther Lin)

Raquel Pennington, a contestant on the current season of "The Ultimate Fighter," talks about what it's like to be a gay fighter and the struggles she faced telling her family.

Watch the clip embedded below.

Video: Being a gay athlete

(Newsday's app and mobile users can watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3Cq1yMxqyk)...

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In the years since Penn vs. Edgar 2 . . .

Frankie Edgar, left, and BJ Penn exchange punches

(Credit: Getty/Al Bello/Zuffa LLC)

By the time Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn step into the cage to fight each other for the third time, more than 50 numbered UFC events will have passed since their last bout. Plus all the fight nights and such in between.

When news broke earlier this week that Edgar and Penn would coach against one another on the next season of "The Ultimate Fighter" and then face off again afterward,...

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The good and bad of Tate v. Rousey on 'TUF'

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and

(Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

Ronda Rousey got a nice surprise Tuesday when taping began for Season 18 of "The Ultimate Fighter" and Miesha Tate showed up instead of Cat Zingano.

Zingano was supposed to be Rousey's opposing coach but tore her ACL earlier this month. So, in steps Tate, Rousey's rival.

This is good. This is bad. Let's explain:

GOOD: TV ratings for TUF 18 on the new Fox Sports 1 will...

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Poll results: Uriah Hall will last

Uriah Hall, an MMA fighter from Manhattan.

(Credit: Zuffa LLC)

Time for the results of our last Fightin' Words reader poll. As usual, the typical disclaimer: These results are about as scientific as that sock you found under the bed after two years.

Who will have the more successful UFC career?

78% -- Uriah Hall

22% -- Kelvin Gastelum

(Note: This question was posed after Gastelum upset Hall to win Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter.")...

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Tate, Zingano thrill in second female UFC bout

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate poses for

(Credit: Austin Hargrave, Hilton Media Group for SHOWTIME)

The second women's MMA fight in UFC history came with far less fanfare than the first.

No Ronda Rousey will do that, as will no championship on the line and no need to sell pay-per-views since Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano fought on the Ultimate Finale 17 on FX in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

To elaborate on the difference between the first and second fights: Zingano's ring entrance wasn't...

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On Chael Sonnen, Uriah Hall and Anderson Silva

UFC light heavyweights Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen talks how he needs to talk when it’s time to talk.

Meaning, if it’s time to hype a fight, he’ll go to town with the commentary, wit and hyperbole needed to sell tickets and pay-per-view. If it’s time to chill, he can be chill.

And if it’s time to build up a fighter’s confidence, Sonnen can do that as well.

Here’s what Sonnen said to Uriah Hall as he prepared to fight...

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Uriah Hall delivers another huge KO on 'Ultimate Fighter'

Uriah Hall, from Queens, is a contestant on

(Credit: FX/Robert Zuckerman)

Perhaps the best way to explain what Uriah Hall did to Bubba McDaniel in the "The Ultimate Fighter" quarterfinals that aired Tuesday night is to repeat what McDaniel said in the seconds after he got knocked out.

"What's wrong?," McDaniel said. "What's wrong? Huh? What's wrong? Why is my eye -- -- up? My eye hurts."

Hall, who grew up in Queens after emigrating...

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