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BJJ video: Master Mansur, 9th degree red belt

Master Francisco Mansur

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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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Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva UFC media tour stops in NYC

UFC champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chris Weidman

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In the span of eight days beginning Sept. 23, Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva will visit seven cities across the United States and Brazil to promote their rematch at UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Dec. 28.

Presumably, they will be asked many of the same questions in each city and offer the same answers. Expect quite a few of them to be about UFC 162 when Weidman upset Silva to win the middleweight...

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Mutapcic gets show money after WSOF pill snafu

Elvis Mutapcic weighed in at 186 pounds for

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Elvis Mutapcic received his show money after having his World Series of Fighting debut bout scrapped just beforehand Saturday by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission when an inspector reported allegedly seeing him take a pill from a bottle that was previously undisclosed to the commission.

That's a small financial consolation for something Mutapcic says he didn't do.

"I really...

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Glory kickboxing adds NY promoters

Andrew Ball TKOs James Smith Jr. for the

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Bellmore's Lou Neglia, a former world champion kickboxer who now runs Ring of Combat, was among the three New York City area promoters to establish official working relationships with Glory, the international kickboxing league announced Thursday.

The other two are Take-On Productions and Friday Night Fights.

They will all help to promote Glory's return to New York City on Nov. 23 at...

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In the years since Penn vs. Edgar 2 . . .

Frankie Edgar, left, and BJ Penn exchange punches

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By the time Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn step into the cage to fight each other for the third time, more than 50 numbered UFC events will have passed since their last bout. Plus all the fight nights and such in between.

When news broke earlier this week that Edgar and Penn would coach against one another on the next season of "The Ultimate Fighter" and then face off again afterward,...

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LI's Andrew Leone out of One FC title fight

Andrew Leone, who wrestled at Center Moriches High

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Andrew Leone, a Center Moriches native, was forced to pull out of his shot at the One FC flyweight title three days shy of the fight because of a knee injury.

Leone tweeted Wednesday that he has a slight tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his knee.

Leone (6-2) was scheduled to fight Shinichi Kojimain the Singapore-based promotion's inaugural flyweight title bout.

No...

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Dominick Cruz to return in early 2014?

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 11: Ultimate Fighting Championship

(Credit: Getty Jerry Markland)

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz hasn't fought in 710 days. In that time, Renan Barao won the interim bantamweight title once, defended it once and had a second defense canceled once.

Barao is now just 11 days away from his second defense -- at UFC 165 in Toronto against Eddie Wineland.

On Tuesday's UFC 165 conference call, UFC president Dana White said Cruz is expected to return...

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Bellator's Joe Warren medically ineligible to fight at Mohegan Sun

Joe Warren discusses winning the Bellator featherweight championship.

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Joe Warren, the former Bellator featherweight champion, was declared ineligible to fight for the promotion this Saturday at Mohegan Sun.

Bellator announced the decision by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation on Friday morning. No specific reason was given.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with one of the best commissioners in the sport in Mike Mazzulli, and after carefully...

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Glover Teixeira deserves his UFC title shot

Glover Teixeira, top, from Brazil, fights countryman Fabio

(Credit: AP Photo Felipe Dana)

The title shot legitimacy of Glover Teixeira is often met with disdain or negativity. Why? Well, for one, that's what MMA fans do. (Ask Chris Weidman . . . after he won the title.)

And second, they say Teixeira has yet to fight a top-10 light heavyweight in the UFC.

Both of those points are true.

Both of those points aren't much of an argument to make in claiming Teixeira doesn't...

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