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UFC 171's Dennis Bermudez keeps evolving

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez at Long Island MMA

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As their careers begin, MMA fighters get typecasted quicker than actor Frank Vincent in gangster roles.

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez came to MMA with a background as a collegiate wrestler and a freestyle All-American credit to his name.

Very easy for opponents to look at that and say “Oh, he’s gonna try to take me down.”

But if you watch the body of work put forth by Bermudez...

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UFC 171 to give welterweight rankings a big makeover

Robbie Lawler celebrates his split-decision victory over Rory

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There's another one of those UFC fight cards this weekend -- UFC 171 in Dallas on Saturday, to be exact. Whether or not the card is "stacked" and the fights are "sick" is up to each person to determine for themselves.

What remains undisputed about UFC 171, though, is this: the welterweight division will look completely different Sunday morning and again Monday afternoon when the new UFC rankings...

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Costas Philippou gets Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night

Costa Philippou of Long Island reacts after the

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Since his upset win over Tim Boetsch at the end of 2012, Costas Philippou has dropped his last two fights.

The Massapequa Park resident, ranked No. 10 in the UFC middleweight division, gets his next chance to climb back up the ladder. Philippou (12-4, 5-3 UFC) will fight Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night in Cincinnati on May 10. Both parties have verbally agreed to the bout, the UFC said Sunday.

Larkin...

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Upcoming bouts for Long Island's MMA fighters

Dennis Bermudez is seen against Pablo Garza during

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Long Island may not be Brazil when it comes to producing the volume of mixed martial arts fighters, but this little spot has come quite far in the seven years since East Meadow's Matt Serra knocked out Georges St-Pierre in 2007.

There are seven Long Islanders in the UFC at the moment, plus others in Bellator, ONE FC and elsewhere.

The followng list is by no means exhaustive, but have...

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Ryan LaFlare's next fight in Abu Dhabi

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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Ryan LaFlare's first year in the UFC has taken him to new levels -- on frequent flyer programs.

His first fight was in Sweden, his second in Brazil and his third in California. And that was just in 2013.

LaFlare, from Lindenhurst has his next fight booked now and, yes, he's taking another big trip. LaFlare (10-0, 3-0 UFC) will fight welterweight John Howard at UFC Fight Night in Abu...

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Dan Hardy to call UFC Fight Pass bouts

Dan Hardy reacts after defeating Rory Markham during

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Dan Hardy returns to the UFC -- just not as a fighter.

"The Outlaw" will instead provide commentary for six UFC Fight Night events that will air only on the promotion's new Fight Pass digital network.

Don't let the Brit's red mohawk and often over-the-top quotes fool you, Hardy was always among the friendliest fighters around. He hasn't fought in about 18 months after being diagnosed...

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Aljamain Sterling has another 'Rocky' story for UFC 170

Uniondale's Aljamain Sterling during a training session at

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The “Rocky” storyline worked its way into a UFC pre-fight narrative again this past week when fired barista Patrick Cummins was chosen to fight former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier in the co-main event at UFC 170 on 10 days’ notice.

Perhaps the movie reference works here, perhaps not. We'll say it does, just so we can relay another one here -- that of Uniondale’s Aljamain Sterling.

On...

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The UFC call: Aljamain Sterling

Uniondale's Aljamain Sterling is seen during a training

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Where people are and what they do in the immediate moment of receiving big news is always interesting to learn about, which is why I always ask that question.

Since this particular space of the vast Internet concerns itself with mixed martial arts, from time to time, we'll take a look at how MMA fighters say they reacted when they got the call telling them their next fight would be in the...

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UFC changes fight bonus structure

Joe Lauzon is bloodied during his UFC155 lightweight

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Back in the day, you know, like, about a week or so ago, one so-so submission on an entire fight card would yield a sweet $50,000 bonus paycheck to a UFC fighter, even if there were far more exciting fights that night.

That's a goner, now.

The UFC announced earlier this week that they are eliminating the submission of the night and knockout of the night bonuses and replacing them with...

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Stop complaining about MMA judging and do something about it

Most of those who complain about the judging in mixed martial arts don't necessarily understand the nuances of it. Even fighters and trainers may not get appreciate the subtleties that go into determining who won a fight and who didn't.

(Insert disclaimer here: This is not to absolve all judges from making some horrible decisions, since there are quite a few examples of that out there.)

As...

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