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Another UFC fight, another country for Ryan LaFlare

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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Carmen San Diego ain't got nothing on Ryan LaFlare.

Next up in LaFlare's tour of the world, compliments of Zuffa LLC, will be Dublin, Ireland. There, on July 19, the Lindenhurst native will fight Gunnar Nelson at the O2 Arena on UFC Fight Night.

"Big fight for me," the undefeated LaFlare told Newsday. "This will separate me from prospect to contender."

LaFlare cracked the UFC's...

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Jon Jones explains those offensive Instagram comments

Jon Jones yells on stage after the weigh

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When anti-gay comments were posted to his Instagram account last week, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones became that day’s most vilified person in social media.

Jones said the post didn’t come from him, but compounding the negativity was the confusion between conflicting tweets from Jones and his manager Malki Kawa. Jones said his phone was hacked, Kawa said his phone was lost or stolen.

“At...

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Aljamain Sterling books next UFC fight

Uniondale's Aljamain Sterling during a training session at

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Next up for the “Funkmaster” will be the “Wolverine.”

Aljamain Sterling, a Serra-Longo fighter from Uniondale, will fight Hugo Viana at UFC Fight Night in Atlantic City on July 16, Newsday has confirmed. Combate.com first reported the booking.

Sterling (9-0, 1-0 UFC), a bantamweight, won his UFC debut in February with a unanimous decision over Cody Gibson at UFC 170. Viana (8-2, 3-1)...

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Watch: Jon Jones on 'Live with Kelly & Michael'

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones arrives at

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Jon Jones told a number of us media folk on Monday that he's a big fan of Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan and that he was extremely excited to be a guest on Tuesday morning's "Live with Kelly and Michael."

The light heavyweight champ was the first UFC fighter to appear on the show, and it's in part to hype his UFC 172 title defense this Saturday in Baltimore.

Jones is no stranger to media...

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Which Long Islanders could be on UFC's Atlantic City card on July 16?

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez, who trains at Bellmore

The UFC has a pretty solid track record of putting a few local fighters on their cards when they travel outside the home base of Las Vegas.

So, when the top MMA promotion announced over the weekend that they would put on a fight night at the Revel in Atlantic City, N.J., on July 16, the immediate thoughts around here focused on who from Long Island might be on that card. (Since New York remains...

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Anderson Silva not worried about leg anymore

Anderson Silva gets ready before his UFC 148

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Any time Anderson Silva posts a new photo or video clip to his Instagram account that documents his path back from a nasty broken leg last December, cell towers put in for overtime.

In a new sitdown interview with UFC Fight Pass, clips of which were posted to UFC's social media accounts this week, Silva said he could be ready to fight again in four months or so.

He also made a remark...

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Chris Weidman up and running (sort of) day after knee surgery

Breakfast of champion, or a champion's breakfast? Either

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman had both of his knees scoped on Tuesday night at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

On Wednesday, he was already up and lightly jogging at rehab.

Here's the clip the Baldwin native posted to his Instagram account.

(Newsday's app users can click the link above to watch)...

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Al Iaquinta, in a suit, on TV, in a commercial

Al Iaquinta defeats Kevin Lee at UFC 169

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Most UFC fans who live outside the Long Island area first were introduced to Al Iaquinta shirtless or wearing headgear to protect his ears on "The Ultimate Fighter Live" (Season 15) back in 2012.

Two years and three straight UFC wins later, the Wantagh-based Iaquinta can be seen wearing a suit and delivering the closing line in a new commercial alongside Serra-Longo teammate and middleweight...

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Gian Villante, UFC fighter and heartthrob?

Sweat drips off Gian Villante after a jiu-jitsu

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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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The big UFC welterweight ranking shakeup

Hector Lombard poses during a UFC portrait session

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This should come as no surprise (and not just because we told you last week to expect this to happen), but this week's UFC welterweight rankings look significantly different than they did last week.

First, here's how they looked last week (March 10):

1. Johny Hendricks

2. Carlos Condit

3. Robbie Lawler

4. Rory MacDonald

5. Jake Ellenberger

6. Jake Shields

7....

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