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The following sentence should come as no surprise to MMA fans.
Anderson Silva, the UFC middleweight champion, and Baldwin's Chris Weidman, the challenger, both made weight Friday night for their main event title fight at UFC 162 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Weidman weighed in at 185 pounds, the mandatory maximum for a title fight at middleweight. Only in championship fights is the one-pound...Read more »
Newsday videographer Mario Gonzalez is in Las Vegas to chronicle Baldwin's Chris Weidman and his pursuit of the UFC middleweight championship belt against Anderson Silva at UC 162 on Saturday night.
Above is video from Thursday's press conference. Below, in the "Related" section is video from Wednesday's open workout, plus a video gallery of all the Chris Weidman videos from past...Read more »
If you pay close enough attention to the banner behind Chris Weidman this Saturday at UFC 162, you might see this logo.
It's a heart with a fist for a right curve and it represents Live to Fight Inc., a non-profit organization of which Weidman is a board member.
The non-profit based out of Centereach was founded by Kristen Brown, a cancer survivor and martial arts fan and practitioner....Read more »
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....Read more »
Part of the problem fighters face when preparing for Anderson Silva is that he's the best mixed martial artist in the world, which then creates this follow-up problem: finding someone with a similar skill set to bring in into training camp.
Jon Jones may be the only person capable of mimicking Silva, but he's not exactly available at the ready.
So, fighters such as Chris Weidman, who...Read more »
Monday's media blitz began at 6:30 a.m. for Chris Weidman, the title hopeful from Baldwin who fights Anderson Silva at UFC 162 this Saturday.
Somewhere in the middle of that tour was this hit on SI Now, the live web show from Sports Illustrated.
Here's the clip below:
(Newsday's app users can watch the video at http://bit.ly/17A594U)...Read more »
The most obvious and talked-about comparison for Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 162 has been Silva's two fights with Chael Sonnen.
In their first fight, Sonnen did what no other fighter had done. He dominated Silva -- before tapping out to an arm triangle in the final minutes of Round 5.
But the blueprint to beat Silva became clear, in part because Silva is rarely on the defensive.
Sonnen...Read more »
Transgender fighter Fallon Fox, a first in MMA, earned most if not all of the headlines leading into and following Friday night's Championship Fighting Alliance card in Coral Gables, Fla.
But earlier on that CFA 11 card was Freeport's Eddie Gordon, a former football player at Fordham.
The Serra-Longo trained fighter earned a second-round submission victory over Oscar Delgado in impressive...Read more »
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...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was quiet on the bill to legalize MMA in New York until earlier this year.
And on Tuesday in Albany, the governor spoke publicly again about becoming the 49th state to legalize the sport. He told the Capitol Pressroom radio program that if state lawmakers continue to promise "significant economic advancement," then they should take MMA "seriously."
“I...Read more »