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World Series of Fighting to air on NBC as part of new deal

Justin Gaethje at open workouts for World Series

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World Series of Fighting will make its debut on NBC on July 5 as part of the new deal announced Tuesday that extends the broadcast agreement throught 2017.

NBC will maintain exclusive rights to WSOF events, with most of them airing live on NBC Sports Network and featured on NBC's digital platforms.

But that July 5 card will air on NBC, the first time the network has put a WSOF event...

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Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Miyao at World Jiu-Jitsu Expo

Jon Fitch in a scene from the MMA

Add Jon Fitch to the superfight schedule for the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo next month in Long Beach, Calif.

Fitch will go against BJJ world champion Paulo Miyao in a 20-minute submission only match, Renzo Gracie told Newsday on Thursday.

"He's a fighter," Gracie said. "I couldn't beleive when we offered him such a tough opponent, he took it right away and not even a question."


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Jon Fitch and Josh Burkman WSOF feature videos

Maybe that intense look on the face of

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Jon Fitch and Josh Burkman headline World Series of Fighting 3 this Friday in Las Vegas in what is the newer MMA promotion's biggest fight so far.

Below are featured videos on each fighter leading up to WSOF 3 on NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. ET Friday.

Jon Fitch


Josh Burkman

Newsday's app users can watch the videos at

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Performance vs. perception: The Benson Henderson story

UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, left, in action

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What do Benson Henderson, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Fitch have in common?

None of those three fighters have finished an opponent in three or more years.

What do Benson Henderson, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Fitch NOT have in common?

Henderson is the only one of those fighters that MMA people don’t complain about always going the distance in fights. Interesting, isn’t it?


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WSOF must find right balance

Maybe that intense look on the face of

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Andrei Arlovski and Anthony Johnson headlined the World Series of Fighting's second event Saturday night in Atlantic City. Two fighters who long ago established their names -- Arlovski a former UFC heavyweight champion, and Johnson a former UFC welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight whose multiple failures to make weight often overshadowed his considerable fighting skills.

The rest...

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Bellator + big names = hit or miss

King Mo Lawal controlled Gegard Mousasi on the

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As quickly as the outrage over Jon Fitch being cut by the UFC spread across the Internet and social media last week, so too did calls for the former welterweight title contender to join Bellator or the World Series of Fighting

Even Dana White, the president of the UFC and the guy who cut Fitch, said as much.

"I'm glad that so many people are behind him," White said in the media...

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Report: Jon Fitch cut from UFC

Jon Fitch in a scene from the MMA

Jon Fitch, once a welterweight title contender and in the middle of many top 10 pound-for-pound lists, was released by the UFC on Tuesday. MMA Fighting first reported the news Wednesday.

Fitch was one of 16 fighters cut from the world's most prominent MMA organization, the report said. Also included among the cuts were Freeport native Jay Hieron and light heavyweight veteran Vladimir Matyushenko.


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UFC 156: Demian Maia out-Fitches Jon Fitch

Demian Maia, top, punches Jon Fitch during their

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The Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia bout at UFC 156 was billed as submission defense specialist vs. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu submission specialist.

What we got Saturday night in Las Vegas was . . . exactly that.

Maia took down Fitch with ease in each round, controlling his body with back mounts, body triangles and submission attempts. At times, Maia looked like a human backpack.

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