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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...

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What's a UFC win worth on Twitter?

Johny Hendricks listens as Georges St. Pierre, of

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The UFC was one of the early pro sports leagues to integrate Twitter into its marketing and promoting of events and fighters.

Many things go into determining how many followers a fighter has -- from performance in the cage, to engagement on Twitter, to sponsorship campaigns, to existing profile/status in the UFC, to at least a dozen other things.

So here's a question: how much is a UFC...

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Glover Teixeira deserves his UFC title shot

Glover Teixeira, top, from Brazil, fights countryman Fabio

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The title shot legitimacy of Glover Teixeira is often met with disdain or negativity. Why? Well, for one, that's what MMA fans do. (Ask Chris Weidman . . . after he won the title.)

And second, they say Teixeira has yet to fight a top-10 light heavyweight in the UFC.

Both of those points are true.

Both of those points aren't much of an argument to make in claiming Teixeira doesn't...

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Rashad Evans on winning and losing

Rashad Evans at UFC 114 at The MGM

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Earlier this week, Newsday asked Rashad Evans a few questions on winning and losing and the mentality involved with both. Here are his answers as Evans prepares to fight Dan Henderson at UFC 161 on Saturday night in Winnipeg:

“After you win a fight, you feel like you’re on top of the world and it feels like everything you've done has paid off. It’s such a rewarding feeling. But when you lose...

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A quick moment with Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans after being defeated by Jon Jones

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You see him on television doing interviews or appearing as an analyst, and one thing is clear: Rashad Evans has a winning personality and a million-dollar smile.

He's also one heck of a fighter, with 22 wins in 25 career attempts. Fight No. 26 is Saturday against Dan Henderson at UFC 161 in Winnipeg.

Evans is also human, a characteristic often overlooked in athletes by consumers of the...

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UFC 156: Rashad Evans did less than Rogerio Nogueira

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, right, trades punches with Rashad

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Rashad Evans lacked any worry, he said, heading into his UFC 156 fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Not his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, of which he is a black belt. Not his boxing, of which he was a Pan-American Games bronze medalist.

Well, when their fight went to the judges, there had to be some worry in the mind of the former light heavyweight champion. Not so much because of the general...

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For your viewing enjoyment, the UFC 156 preview

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, of Brazil, prepares

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Embedded above these words (or via the "play" button on our apps), you'll find the UFC 156 video preview, featuring analyst Joe Rogan (with a Kenny Florian cameo) talking about the fairly stacked card for this Saturday.

Jose Aldo defends his featherweight title against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in the main event, and Alistair Overeem fights Antonio "Bigfoot"...

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