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Watch: Jon Jones on 'Live with Kelly & Michael'

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones arrives at

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Jon Jones told a number of us media folk on Monday that he's a big fan of Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan and that he was extremely excited to be a guest on Tuesday morning's "Live with Kelly and Michael."

The light heavyweight champ was the first UFC fighter to appear on the show, and it's in part to hype his UFC 172 title defense this Saturday in Baltimore.

Jones is no stranger to media...

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Which Long Islanders could be on UFC's Atlantic City card on July 16?

Uniondale's Aljamain Sterling during a training session at

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The UFC has a pretty solid track record of putting a few local fighters on their cards when they travel outside the home base of Las Vegas.

So, when the top MMA promotion announced over the weekend that they would put on a fight night at the Revel in Atlantic City, N.J., on July 16, the immediate thoughts around here focused on who from Long Island might be on that card. (Since New York remains...

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Fallon Fox featured on HBO's 'Real Sports'

Fallon Fox, a transgender MMA fighter, at a

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Of course, the Matt Mitrione quotes are in there. Joe Rogan's too. And, yes, the opposing fighter who entered the cage to Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like a Lady."

But that's only the setup for what is a solid, balanced and interesting piece on Fallon Fox, the first openly transgender fighter in women's mma. What else would you expect from HBO's "Real Sports," which seems to always do a terrific...

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Eddie Gordon makes house on 'Ultimate Fighter'

MMA light heavyweight Eddie Gordon, of Freeport, trains

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Of the 32 contestants on Wednesday night's premiere episode of the new season of "The Ultimate Fighter," one was from Long Island: Eddie Gordon.

Of the 16 contestants who won their bouts and will appear on the full 19th season of "TUF," one is from Long Island: Eddie Gordon.

Gordon, who grew up and still lives in Freeport, won his fight by decision over Matt Gabel. Not much of his fight...

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Pizza and punches: Eddie Gordon's 'Ultimate Fighter' viewing party

MMA fighter Eddie Gordon, from Freeport, poses for

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In between the punching and kicking, perhaps try the Prince Edward mussels in a roasted garlic and lemon white wine sauce.

In the between the grappling and the backstories, maybe a slice of pizza and a few garlic knots.

Or just try whatever Eddie Gordon's serving at his "Ultimate Fighter" viewing party Wednesday night at Montana Brothers in Freeport.

“That’s my spot, I’ve been...

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Anderson Silva not worried about leg anymore

Anderson Silva gets ready before his UFC 148

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Any time Anderson Silva posts a new photo or video clip to his Instagram account that documents his path back from a nasty broken leg last December, cell towers put in for overtime.

In a new sitdown interview with UFC Fight Pass, clips of which were posted to UFC's social media accounts this week, Silva said he could be ready to fight again in four months or so.

He also made a remark...

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Chris Weidman up and running (sort of) day after knee surgery

Breakfast of champion, or a champion's breakfast? Either

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman had both of his knees scoped on Tuesday night at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

On Wednesday, he was already up and lightly jogging at rehab.

Here's the clip the Baldwin native posted to his Instagram account.

(Newsday's app users can click the link above to watch)...

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Al Iaquinta, in a suit, on TV, in a commercial

Al Iaquinta defeats Kevin Lee at UFC 169

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Most UFC fans who live outside the Long Island area first were introduced to Al Iaquinta shirtless or wearing headgear to protect his ears on "The Ultimate Fighter Live" (Season 15) back in 2012.

Two years and three straight UFC wins later, the Wantagh-based Iaquinta can be seen wearing a suit and delivering the closing line in a new commercial alongside Serra-Longo teammate and middleweight...

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Eddie Gordon on Season 19 of 'The Ultimate Fighter'

MMA light heavyweight Eddie Gordon, of Freeport, trains

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Freeport's Eddie Gordon, who trains with Ray Longo and Matt Serra, is among the 32 contestants on Season 19 of "The Ultimate Fighter."

The UFC announced the fighters on Tuesday. Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn will be the coaches and will fight one another at the live finale on July 6. The show has already completed filming.

The season will premiere Wednesday, April 16 at 10 p.m. on Fox...

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Gian Villante, UFC fighter and heartthrob?

Sweat drips off Gian Villante after a jiu-jitsu

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The actual, more traditional journalism story advancing Gian Villante’s fight on Sunday against Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night will arrive on the Internet later this week and perhaps in Sunday’s newspaper as well.

For now, here’s a little bonus material from our interview last week. Just too funny to keep out of public view.

Most fighters use a nickname to help establish, ironically,...

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