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UFC 162 Chris Weidman videos from Las Vegas

Chris Weidman at Ray Longo MMA during

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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...

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UFC 162 is 'time to shine' for Chris Weidman

Baldwin native Chris Weidman says he's never been

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....

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Mimicking Anderson Silva?

Anderson Silva, top, during an open workout for

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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...

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Chris Weidman talks UFC 162 on SI Now

These are some of the answers UFC middleweight

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)...

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Weidman on the Sonnen-Silva comparisons

Chael Sonnen, top, punches Anderson Silva during a

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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...

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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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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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Another lost title shot for Anthony Pettis

UFC fighter Anthony Pettis attends the Fox Hispanic

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This time, Anthony Pettis had his name on a contract and UFC marketing materials clearly indicating that he would fight for a title.

The past two times he was supposed to get a title shot, it never materialized. And on Friday, news broke that Pettis suffered a torn meniscus in his knee while training in Brazil and has to pull out of his featherweight title shot against Jose Aldo at UFC 163...

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Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson set for UFC 165

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is interviewed

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At lunch in Manhattan this past January, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was flipping through photos via an app on his phone. The poster of those photos was Alexander Gustafsson.

At the time, Jones said he was interested in learning more about the Swedish light heavyweight. Jones said Gustafsson seemed like a cool guy, but "I'm still gonna knock him out, though."

It...

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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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