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Chael the champion? It almost happened at UFC 159

Chael Sonnen fought Jon Jones at UFC 159

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NEWARK -- The man who used to call himself the champion and walk around with a championship belt without actually winning a title fight nearly earned the ability to rightfully call himself "champion."

Chael Sonnen was 27 seconds away from winning the light heavyweight title at UFC 159 on Saturday at the Prudential Center.

Not necessarily because he was dominating Jon Jones....

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UFC 159: Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo

Roy Nelson celebrates his victory over Mirko Cro

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NEWARK -- Roy Nelson continues to defy conventional wisdom about physical appearance in mixed martial arts.

A heavyweight fighter who looks more like a bar room brawler than he does a mixed martial artist, won his third straight fight by knocking out Cheick Kongo at UFC 159 on Saturday night at the Prudential Center.

Nelson landed a huge overhand right that dropped Kongo (28-8-2), then...

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UFC 159: Phil Davis stands, Vinny Magalhaes loses

Phil Davis, from the United States, reacts after

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NEWARK -- Many nice words have been said about Phil Davis and Vinny Magalhaes, just by people other than Phil Davis and Vinny Magalhaes.

These two light heavyweights spent the run-up, ok the past several months, taking every opportunity afforded them to hammer the other guy with words.

On Saturday at UFC 159 in the Prudential Center, they used their fists and legs to do the hammering....

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UFC 159: Sara McMann stops Sheila Gaff

SARA McMANN Olympics McMann, left, was the first

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NEWARK -- Sara McMann needed approximately three seconds to show off her Olympic silver-medal winning wrestling pedigree.

But it was those fists of her that gave her the first-round victoy at the Prudential Center at UFC 159 on Saturday night,

McMann took down Gaff for a second time midway through the first round and was able to control Gaff's left arm with her left hand and her right...

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UFC 159: Short notice no problem for Bryan Caraway

NEWARK -- Last Sunday, Bryan Caraway had nothing significant planned for this Saturday. By Monday afternoon, that changed and changed significantly.

Caraway replaced the injured Erik Perek and had just six days to get ready for fellow bantamweight Johnny Bedford at UFC 159 at the Prudential Center.

That didn't seem to matter much for Caraway as he earned a submission victory over Bedford...

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UFC 159: Leonard Garcia fails to excite in loss

Leonard Garcia looks to punch Max Holloway during

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NEWARK -- The story is pretty much the same each time Leonard Garcia fights. It will come with plenty of excitement and thrilling action that drives fans wild . . . and a wild style with a lack of discipline and technique that drives critics crazy.

As important as wins are for improving status and rank within a division, excitement is just as important in maintaining a successful living in...

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UFC 159: Steven Siler decisions Kurt Holobaugh

NEWARK -- His face bloodied and his opponent's arm wrapped tightly around his neck, featherweight Kurt Holobaugh did not quit.

That he managed to escape such a deep rear naked choke in the first round was impressive. What followed in the second round was equally impressive -- a significant comeback and dominating round at UFC 159 at the Prudential Center.

But it was that third round...

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Now serving: The Gian burger

The Gian burger at Sal's Place in North

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UFC light heavyweight Gian Villante is a piece of meat, emphasis on the light.

See, there's this restaurant on Hicksville Road in North Massapequa. It's called Sal's Place.  At this restaurant, there's a burger menu. At the bottom of that burger menu, there's this: "Gian burger."

Yes, Villante has a burger named after him. Rather impressive for the 27-year-old MMA fighter...

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Georges St-Pierre talks new book on CNN's Starting Point

UFC welterweight champion gets ready for another title

Georges St-Pierre spent part of Friday morning on CNN's Starting Point show talking about his new book and how he was bullied as a kid.

The UFC welterweight champion's book is a fascinating so far (follow the #GSPbook hashtag on my Twitter account for my thoughts as I read it.)

GSP is looking pretty gangsta with that goatee and "long" hair, but hearing him, in his French accent,...

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UFC 159 video roundup, part 1

Jon Jones defends his light heavyweight title against

UFC 159 comes to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., this Saturday, and you need some videos to watch.

So, the UFC 159 full video preview is above, and four individual fighter videos are below.

(Newsday's app users can watch those four videos at http://www.newsday.com/sports/mixed-martial-arts/1.1373318)...

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