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What happened to the UFC light heavyweight division?

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, right, trades punches with Rashad

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The second biggest weight class in the UFC is looking mighty thin these days.

Once the most glamorous division in the world's most prominent mixed martial arts promotion, the UFC's light heavyweight division lacks depth. Part of that can be attributed to the normal ebb and flow of fighters (and sports in general), as well as the expansion of other weight classes.

Also, don't underestimate...

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LI's Dennis Bermudez books next fight at UFC 171

Dennis Bermudez flips to celebrate his tap-out win

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Dennis Bermudez, who trains at both Long Island MMA in Farmingdale and Bellmore Kickboxing Academy, has his next fight booked: UFC 171 in Dallas against Jimy Hettes on March 15.

UFC officials announced the fight booking Monday night.

Bermudez, a featherweight, is on a five-fight winning streak since losing to Diego Brandao in the final on Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter."...

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UFC Fight Pass debuts this weekend

SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 06: Tarec "Sponge" Saffiedine, UFC

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A few hours before the start of UFC 168 in Las Vegas, the UFC unveiled its new digital subscription called "UFC Fight Pass."

It's had its share of commentary in social media (as does just about everything does). If you haven't paid much attention to what Fight Pass is all about, here are some bulletpoints ahead of this Saturday's debut in Singapore.

-- It will cost $10 per...

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WSOF highlight reel airs Saturday

Justin Gaethje, right, stopped Dan Lauzon by TKO

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New years mean looks back at old years.

Next up in the traditional year in review type media cut-ups will be World Series of Fighting. The promotion's "Unstoppable: Best of WSOF" compilation program airs Saturday, Jan. 4 on the NBC Sports Network at 10 p.m. (or just after the Notre Dame-Boston College hockey game ends).

Here's a look at the fights you can see then:

WSOF...

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Big ratings for UFC 168 prelims

Michael Johnson, left, punches Gleison Tibau during their

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Billed as the biggest fight in UFC history (as many pay-per-view events often are), UFC 168 brought in a gate of $6.2 million, the promotion's third biggest ever.

But, have a look at the ratings for the UFC 168 prelims which aired on Fox Sports 1 -- an average of 1,554,000 viewers for the two-hour block of 8-10 p.m ET on Saturday, Dec. 28.

That's the fifth biggest draw on Fox Sports...

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Thinking about UFC 168 . . .

Miesha Tate gestures to Ronda Rousey during the

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LAS VEGAS -- As I watch the sun rise up from the mountains in the desert from my hotel room, I'm reminded that it is a new day, which means more time to process all the things seen at UFC 168 several hours ago.

Here are of the thoughts I'm generating at the moment after watching a series of fights that stirred up more than $6.2 million in gate revenue for the UFC:

-- Miesha Tate vs....

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Things to watch for at UFC 168

Uriah Hall, left, defeated Dylan Andrews in the

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LAS VEGAS -- Some thoughts about what to look for at UFC 168 on Saturday night (besides just the punching and the kicking and the grappling):

-- How does Uriah Hall respond after two losses and that "He's not a fighter" quote by UFC president Dana White from the last time he fought? That should be quite interesting to watch unfold against Chris Leben.

-- Can Miesha Tate push...

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A stocking stuffer for Matt Serra

Matt Serra before his fight against Matt Hughes

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Matt Serra and Chris Weidman will be linked in MMA history books forever, and not just because Serra is Weidman's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor.

Both are from Long Island. Both train under Ray Longo. Both pulled off monumental upsets to win world titles against the best there ever was in their respective weight classes.

So when you converse at length with UFC commentator Joe Rogan about...

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Chris Weidman on superstititions

Saturday - July 6, 2013 - Las Vegas:

(Credit: Newsday Mario Gonzalez)

Athletes and their superstitions, a combination than can create some intriguing (and disturbing) stories.

This is not one of them.

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman said he's a little superstitious, "but nothing too crazy." Nothing that would cause concern.

The undefeated fighter from Baldwin does have one thing he must do before each fight. It's probably closer...

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MMA champ trains to the beat of . . . country music

Chris Weidman, right, and Anderson Silva battle it

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Nothing about a Tim McGraw-Faith Hill ballad suggests mixed martial arts.

It's a pretty country duet performed by pretty country people, for sure, but it sounds a smidge out of place inside the gritty garage-type gym for punching and kicking and people.

Yet, there was "It's Your Love" coming through the sound system at Ray Longo and Chris Weidman's Power MMA in Garden City...

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