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Watch Newsday's exclusive documentary of Chris Weidman at UFC 162

Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva at UFC 162

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When Long Island's own Chris Weidman won the UFC middleweight title last Saturday, Newsday was there. Now UFC fans can relive the momentous fight with our exclusive documentary. Shot by Mario Gonzalez, the documentary --  entitled "Chris Weidman: 'I was destined for this' " -- follows Weidman both in and out of the octagon, sharing a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a fighter as he prepares...

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Chris Weidman: Anderson Silva and I will have a rematch

Chris Weidman knocks down Anderson Silva with a

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Chris Weidman says he and Anderson Silva will go at it again in the near future -- and it could happen as close to home as possible. Weidman said Wednesday on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show that there would "100 percent" be a rematch between he and Silva. The Baldwin native knocked Silva out in stunning fashion Saturday night at UFC 162 to take the middleweight title and snap Silva's unbeaten...

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Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva make weight for UFC 162

Baldwin's Chris Weidman celebrates his second-round TKO of

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The following sentence should come as no surprise to MMA fans. Anderson Silva, the UFC middleweight champion, and Baldwin's Chris Weidman, the challenger, both made weight Friday night for their main event title fight at UFC 162 on Saturday in Las Vegas. Weidman weighed in at 185 pounds, the mandatory maximum for a title fight at middleweight. Only in championship fights is the one-pound window...

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What UFC 162 means to the middleweight division

Mixed martial arts fighter Anderson Silva, from Brazil,

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Anderson Silva defends his middleweight title against Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on Saturday in Las Vegas. Some thoughts on what it will mean to the middleweight division after the winner's hand is raised: If Anderson Silva wins . . .

-- Very little changes in the overall makeup of the 185-pound picture since the champion remains as such. -- Clear some bandwidth on your Internets because...

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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 and...

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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 challenges...

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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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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 on Aug....

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