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War veterans turn to MMA

Soledad O'Brien makes her debut on HBO's "Real Sports" on Tuesday night (June 25) with an interesting piece on MMA.

Actually, it's more about war veterans turning to MMA as a way to combat against the memories etched in their minds from what they saw and did during the tours of duty as soldiers.

Here's a clip from the segment....

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Lorenzo Fertitta's statement on MMA not coming to a New York again

UFC chief executive and chairman Lorenzo Fertitta.

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UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta released this statement Tuesday night when the New York State Assembly failed to bring the bill to legalize MMA in the state to a full vote of its members:

“While our disappointment cannot be overstated, our commitment to seeing New York legalize the fastest growing sport in the nation and the world is intact and undeterred. We continue to strongly believe...

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MMA, New York, the Assembly and time

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) during a news

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Eight calendar days remain, including today, until the New York State's legislative session comes to a close.

Not a lot of time left for the bill to legalize mixed martial arts to get passed, right? Well, to paraphrase a recent interview with Assemb. Matthew Titone from Staten Island, one day is like a lifetime in politics in Albany.

Still, the positive vibes from March when the bill...

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Ronda Rousey as 'Protector'

Ronda Rousey on set for a commercial as

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Nothing screams MMA as loudly as . . . small business insurance companies!

But one such company is banking on one of the sport's biggest stars -- Ronda Rousey -- to help market their products.

The UFC women's bantamweight champion serves as "Protector" in a series of spots that are scheduled to begin in earnest June 11.

The two quick-hit clips below are amusing trailers...

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The good and bad of Tate v. Rousey on 'TUF'

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and

(Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

Ronda Rousey got a nice surprise Tuesday when taping began for Season 18 of "The Ultimate Fighter" and Miesha Tate showed up instead of Cat Zingano.

Zingano was supposed to be Rousey's opposing coach but tore her ACL earlier this month. So, in steps Tate, Rousey's rival.

This is good. This is bad. Let's explain:

GOOD: TV ratings for TUF 18 on the new Fox Sports 1 will...

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UFC counters Culinary Union with new website

UFC owners, from left, Frank Fertitta III, Dana

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It has become somewhat of a niche market inside a cottage industry for network domain and hosting companies as the Culinary Union 226 of Las Vegas has created several websites to push its agenda against the UFC.

On Monday, the UFC returned the favor with, a site that aims to expose the Union's "smear campaign," a press release said.

You can see...

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UFC 159: Sara McMann stops Sheila Gaff

SARA McMANN Olympics McMann, left, was the first

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NEWARK -- Sara McMann needed approximately three seconds to show off her Olympic silver-medal winning wrestling pedigree.

But it was those fists of her that gave her the first-round victoy at the Prudential Center at UFC 159 on Saturday night,

McMann took down Gaff for a second time midway through the first round and was able to control Gaff's left arm with her left hand and her right...

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Some MMA numbers to go with Gov. Cuomo's words

UFC president Dana White (black sweater) poses with

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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."


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Tate, Zingano thrill in second female UFC bout

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate poses for

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The second women's MMA fight in UFC history came with far less fanfare than the first.

No Ronda Rousey will do that, as will no championship on the line and no need to sell pay-per-views since Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano fought on the Ultimate Finale 17 on FX in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

To elaborate on the difference between the first and second fights: Zingano's ring entrance wasn't...

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Tate talk: Miesha Tate after TUF Finale weigh-ins

Miesha Tate reacts after losing her Strikeforce women's

(Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

Miesha Tate talks about why she trained more with female fighters than in the past leading up to her bout against Cat Zingano at Ultimate Finale 17 on Saturday night.

Newsday's app users can watch this video at

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Against whom will Ronda Rousey next defend her UFC title against?

Cat Zingano Gina Carano Cris 'Cyborg' Justino Holly Holm Miesha Tate Someone else

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