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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 »
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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9TpZioDv3w&list=UUEQafBcFZq5id7E63yR47nw&index=1...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 »
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 »
Next up for the women in the UFC: Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano.
Tate, the former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion, will fight Zingano at TUF 17's "Ultimate Finale" on April 13 in Las Vegas.
This is the second announced women's MMA fight for the UFC, the first being champion Ronda Rousey against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 on Feb. 23.
Tate (13-3) is coming off an...Read more »
Uriah Hall, deliverer of the most vicious knockout in "Ultimate Fighter" history, continued his narrative of being bullied as a kid on Tuesday night's episode. He mentioned something similar on an earlier episode as well.
He expanded on that during an interview with Newsday in the days leading up the airing of his first fight on "TUF 17." Basically, the reason you saw him...Read more »
This comes with the understanding that pre-taped reality television shows such as "The Ultimate Fighter" are edited in such a way as to create "characters" and create/manufacture/manipulate drama.
And now, a note of the fighters on Jon Jones' team: Get over yourselves about picking fights and matchups. Just win your fight and shut up.
Bubba McDaniel...Read more »
Above these words, on both the website and our apps, you'll see the first of our videos from Wednesday's sitdown with Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. This particular video focuses on their time coaching fighters on Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter," which began airing this week.
But here's a fun little story from earlier that day.
During the informal lunch at Carmine's, a family...Read more »
Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter" kicked off Tuesday night with 14 elimination-round fights. Here are some quick thoughts on each:
Adam Cella vs. Jake Heun
Cella withstood a wild array of punches and kicks from Heun, then held on through the slam and won by armbar submission. Impressive display.
Zak Cummings vs. Nik Fekete
Cummings threw one punch in the opening...Read more »