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The busy summer of Keith Trimble

Keith Trimble of Bellmore Kickboxing Academy discusses boxer

(Credit: Newsday/Mark La Monica)

It's not uncommon for boxing and MMA trainers to have multiple fighters on the same card for a night, or to have a number of fights lined up in a short time span.

Still, it's rather time consuming just to list it all out, let alone train each fighter, find sparring partners for each fighter, organize schedules for each fighter, travel with each fighter and corner each fighter.

Have a...

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New Zealand, new opponent for Gian Villante

Gian Villante, at bottom, practices jiu-jitsu with William

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An injury caused Anthony Perosh to pull out of his June 28 fight in New Zealand, leaving the UFC's Gian Villante opponent-less for a bit.

In steps Sean O'Connell to replace Perosh on the UFC Fight Night card, the UFC announced Tuesday.

O'Connell (15-5) debuted in the UFC in March and was knocked out in the first round by Ryan Jimmo.

Villante (11-5, 1-2 UFC), from Levittown, is...

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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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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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Upcoming bouts for Long Island's MMA fighters

Dennis Bermudez is seen against Pablo Garza during

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Long Island may not be Brazil when it comes to producing the volume of mixed martial arts fighters, but this little spot has come quite far in the seven years since East Meadow's Matt Serra knocked out Georges St-Pierre in 2007.

There are seven Long Islanders in the UFC at the moment, plus others in Bellator, ONE FC and elsewhere.

The followng list is by no means exhaustive, but have...

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Gian Villante's next UFC fight in Brazil

Gian Villante argues with the referee after a

(Credit: Newsday/Mario Gonzalez)

Gian Villante had been itching to fight in the octagon again. Sparring with the likes of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and 10th-ranked middleweight Costas Philippou for the past six weeks is nice and all, but that's just training. The Levittown-raised Villante will do the same over the next eight weeks but with a different end goal. He'll be the one fighting in the cage against light...

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What happened to the UFC light heavyweight division?

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, right, trades punches with Rashad

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The second biggest weight class in the UFC is looking mighty thin these days. Once the most glamorous division in the world's most prominent mixed martial arts promotion, the UFC's light heavyweight division lacks depth. Part of that can be attributed to the normal ebb and flow of fighters (and sports in general), as well as the expansion of other weight classes. Also, don't underestimate the dominance...

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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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The Gian Villante eye safety PSA

Gian Villante argues with the referee after a

(Credit: Newsday/Mario Gonzalez)

At UFC 159 last month in New Jersey, Gian Villante lost by technical decision when he was poked in the eye by Ovince St. Preux and the referee stopped the fight. On Tuesday, Gamma Labs posted this humorous PSA on eye safety in the workplace starring Levittown's Villante. Watch and enjoy.

(Newsday's app users can watch the video at youtube.com/watch?v=m5OWz_8xHGA)

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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 with a...

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