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New EA Sports UFC trailer released, sort of

Jon Jones yells on stage after the weigh

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A new clip from EA Sports hit YouTube on Monday entitled "EA Sports UFC - Vision trailer."

It opens with a disclaimer slate that reads, "May Contain Content Inappropriate for Children."

What it should say is this: "May Not Contain Content From The Actual Game as the Word 'Trailer' Would Imply."

But that's too much copy for one screen in large font.


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Knockout video: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Erick Silva

Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea, top, fights

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Words can paint a picture, but so can embed code.

Watch below as Dong Hyun Kim, a top-level grappler, blasts Erick Silva in the face with a left hand for the knockout at UFC Fight Night in Brazil.

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Did Rousimar Palhares hold ankle lock too long?

Rousimar Palhares at open workouts Wednesday at Church

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Here's a shocker: Rousimar Palhares submitted his opponent, Mike Pierce, by ankle lock at UFC Fight Night in Brazil on Wednesday.

But the question after the fight and again Thursday morning is this: Did Palhares hold the submission move too long after Pierce tapped 31 seconds into the fight?

UFC officials thought so and chose not to award Palhares the $50,000 submission of the night...

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Sneak peek: Frank Shamrock in 'Bound by Blood'

Frank Shamrock walks out of the cage after

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Here's a sneak peek at a new Frank Shamrock documentary airing Thursday at 11 p.m. on Spike TV.

"Shamrock: Bound by Blood" includes a look at his MMA career, his backstory as an imprisoned teen and an on-camera meeting with his estranged adoptive brother Ken Shamrock.

If you've read Shamrock's autobiography (pretty good read, by the way), this is the movie version. Sort of.



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TUF's Raquel Pennington on being a gay athlete

Undefeated Cat Zingano, left, at weigh-ins against bantamweight

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Raquel Pennington, a contestant on the current season of "The Ultimate Fighter," talks about what it's like to be a gay fighter and the struggles she faced telling her family.

Watch the clip embedded below.

Video: Being a gay athlete

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Talking Jones-Teixeira and more on 'MMA Beat'

Jon Jones flexes during the weigh-in for Saturday's

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The good-hearted folks at MMA Fighting were kind enough to set a place at the table for me in a guest appearance on Episode 19 of The MMA Beat.

Embedded below is the show, where I say some things that may or may not be perceived as viable MMA commentary. I'm partially afraid to watch it since I'm my own worst critic, but I'm more afraid to read the comments since maybe I'm not my own worst...

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Video: Weidman, Silva on ESPN MMA Live

Chris Weidman, left and Anderson Silva embrace after

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On the off chance you haven't heard Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman answer these questions of late, here's one more chance.

Weidman, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, and Silva, the former champion, spent Thursday at ESPN doing a media blitz.

Here's a clip from MMA Live Extra.

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BJJ video: Master Mansur, 9th degree red belt

Master Francisco Mansur


If you’re a fan of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and its history, here is a video you must watch. It’s about 9th degree red belt Master Francisco Mansur and his student, fourth degree black belt Milton Regis. They run the Kioto Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools in Port Jefferson and Sayville.

Of course, 9th degree red belt is impressive enough. But perhaps more impressive is that Mansur is one of only 22...

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Jon Jones, Alex Rodriguez and the first pitch

UFC fighter Jon Jones throws out the first

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Jon Jones is better suited keeping his strikes inside the cage. His first pitch at the Blue Jays-Yankees game on Tuesday was a smidge or two out of the strike zone.

But at least he reached the plate, and did so from the mound, two things many celebrity first-pitch throwers rarely do.

Jones, who is in Toronto to defend his light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165,...

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UFC 164 phantom cam highlights

Al Iaquinta of Wantagh trains at Ray Longo

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Enjoy this edition of phantom cam highlights from Fox's super slo-mo camera at UFC 164, embedded below.

Wantagh's Al Iaquinta (pictured above) is featured in the early portion of the video. He beat Ryan Couture by unanimous decision.

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