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UFC 176 canceled after Jose Aldo suffers injury

Jose Aldo celebrates his unanimous decision victory over

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UFC 176 has been canceled after featherweight champion Jose Aldo suffered an injury, the UFC announced Tuesday.

Aldo was set to take on No. 1 ranked featherweight Chad Mendes in the main event on Aug. 2 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The other scheduled fights will be moved to upcoming cards.

UFC 177 remains scheduled for Aug. 30 in Sacramento, Calif. and will not change its title....

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Isaiah Bird and UFC 175

After completing his first surfing lesson, Long Beach

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Good things keep happening for Isaiah Bird.

Isaiah is 6 years old and wrestles for the Long Beach Gladiators' youth program. He was born without legs, and earlier this month, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman helped raise money to aid Isaiah and his family. That event led to him receiving a new customized wheelchair, among other things to help the family get closer to moving out of the...

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Who will Anderson Silva fight first?

Anderson Silva practices in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro,

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Anderson Silva will likely return to the octagon at some point in 2015. Nick Diaz hasn't been inside the octagon since 2013.

Still, Diaz wants to fight Silva.

Fans get silly when talk of Silva vs. Diaz pops up.

Does this fight make any sense, though? On one side, you've got Silva, the former UFC middleweight champion coming back from a broken leg in his rematch against Chris Weidman...

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UFC doubleheader Saturday: 12 hours, 22 fights

Mark Munoz, right, and Gegard Mousasi face off

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The UFC hosts a fight card in Berlin on Saturday night, May 31. The UFC hosts a fight card in Brazil on Saturday night, May 31. 

Surely, this UFC doubleheader will lead folks to moan and groan about "watered-down" fight cards and "too many events" and other such charming tweets and page-view grabs.

Both fights are at night, in their respective time zones. Depending on your market,...

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Ryan LaFlare off the UFC card in Dublin

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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Ryan LaFlare told Newsday that a knee injury forced him to pull out his co-main event bout against Gunnar Nelson at  UFC Fight Night 46 in Dublin on July 19.

The UFC announced the fight switch on Wednesday morning but did not indicate the nature of the injury.

LaFlare, co-owner of Long Island MMA in Farmingdale, said he expects to be out for six to nine months.

LaFlare (11-0,...

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New Zealand, new opponent for Gian Villante

Gian Villante, at bottom, practices jiu-jitsu with William

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An injury caused Anthony Perosh to pull out of his June 28 fight in New Zealand, leaving the UFC's Gian Villante opponent-less for a bit.

In steps Sean O'Connell to replace Perosh on the UFC Fight Night card, the UFC announced Tuesday.

O'Connell (15-5) debuted in the UFC in March and was knocked out in the first round by Ryan Jimmo.

Villante (11-5, 1-2 UFC), from Levittown, is...

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Georges St-Pierre to star in 'Kickboxer' remake

Georges St-Pierre holds the belt after defeating Carlos

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Georges St-Pierre, the pseudo-retired former UFC welterweight champion, has something to look forward to now as he rehabs from a torn anterior cruciate ligament: starring in his next movie.

After a role in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," St-Pierre is now set to star in a remake of the Jean Claude Van Damme 1989 classic "Kickboxer."

No, GSP won't be taking over JCVD's lead role....

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UFC's Conor McGregor a sharp dresser with sharper tongue

Conor McGregor, of Ireland, leaves the ring draped

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Conor McGregor is a snazzy dresser, as you'll see in the video embedded below.

And the UFC featherweight from Ireland can talk even better than he can put an outfit together.

Among the highlights: "Now I’m back and I’m going to rip through them. I’ll smash Chad Mendes, I’ll annihilate Jose Aldo. I’m coming to take over the division. It’s my division.”

Plenty more in the video below...

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Women voice support for MMA in Albany

Ronda Rousey reacts after defeating Sara McMann following

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The argument put forth by those opposed to legalizing mixed martial arts in New York that the sport is anti-female and misogynistic came about as a talking point in the first quarter of 2013.

In the past 16 months, the UFC has headlined two pay-per-views with female fighter Ronda Rousey, put female fighters on its TV show “The Ultimate Fighter,” had female coaches on “TUF,” added female strawweights...

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Vitor Belfort and the UFC rankings paradox

Vitor Belfort arrives at the sixth annual Fighters

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Vitor Belfort won all three of his fights in 2013 by head-kick knockout. Not too shabby for the now 37-year-old Brazilian fighter who first debuted in 1997 at UFC 12.

Since returning to the UFC in 2009, Belfort has fought four times at middleweight, twice at light heavyweight and twice at a catchweight (195, 197 pounds). He's 6-2 in that span, with both losses coming in title fights (one in...

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