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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,...Read more »
Jon Jones is better suited keeping his strikes inside the cage. His first pitch at the Blue Jays-Yankees game on Tuesday was a smidge or two out of the strike zone.
But at least he reached the plate, and did so from the mound, two things many celebrity first-pitch throwers rarely do.
Jones, who is in Toronto to defend his light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165,...Read more »
Most people don't use the word "fun" to describe voluntarily walking into a combat session with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Of course, Manhattan's Uriah Hall is not like most people.
Hall, a finalist on Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter," left Tiger Schulmann's MMA in New Jersey to train with Reign MMA in California for his fight this Saturday...Read more »
In May, Allanna Jones was the opponent of Fallon Fox, the first known transgender MMA fighter.
In July, Allanna Jones was the recipient of a perfectly placed headkick by former boxer Holly Holm and got herself knocked out at Legacy FC 21.
Below is the full fight video, with the highlight headkick coming in around the 9:08 mark.
(Newsday's app users can watch the video at...Read more »
Uriah Hall burst onto the scene with a pair on monstrous knockouts on the 17th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" only to fall short in the finale with a somewhat flat performance against Kelvin Gastelum.
Now, the Manhattan-based, Queens-raised, Jamaica-born MMA fighter gets another opportunity to show what he can do inside the octagon when he fights Nick Ring on Aug. 17 in Boston....Read more »
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.")...Read more »
Hear from Season 17 "Ultimate Fighter" finalsts Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum after weigh-ins in the video embedded below.
The two will fight Saturday night at 9 p.m. on FX.
Newsday's app users can watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKPGs_qegSA&list=UUEQafBcFZq5id7E63yR47nw&index=2&noredirect=1...Read more »
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...Read more »
For all of Benny Alloway's ability to avoid taking much damage, this much can be said: Ryan LaFlare spent 15 minutes putting him in disadvantageous situations.
That's the nature of LaFlare, the Lindenhurst native who won his UFC debut by unanimous decisoin at UFC on Fuel TV 9 in Sweden on Saturday. All three judges scored it 30-27 for LaFlare (8-0).
LaFlare scored three takedowns...Read more »
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...Read more »