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UFC adds women's strawweight division

Carla Esparza, left, won a unanimous decision over

(Credit: Invicta FC/Esther Lin)

Not long ago, women fighting inside the UFC's octagon seemed like the most far-fetched concept in the male-driven world of mixed martial arts. Heck, the president of the organization even said as much.

And there Dana White was on Wednesday, on a conference call, announcing that the UFC would be expanding its women's division to now include strawweights (115 pounds).

Invicta FC, an all-female...

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GSP to discuss future on Friday, maybe

Georges St. Pierre, of Canada, fights Johny Hendricks

(Credit: AP Photo Isaac Brekken)

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre left MMA fans in the lurch in the moments after his split-decision win at UFC 167 last month.

After he won a split decision over Johny Hendricks, St-Pierre said he was stepping away from the sport for a while. He didn't say he was retiring.

This Friday, perhaps we'll get the answer. He'll be doing an appearance in Montreal, UFC president Dana...

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One year, four fights for Urijah Faber

Ivan Menjivar, center, taps out as he is

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At age 34, Urijah Faber is just days away from his fourth UFC fight of 2013. Not many fighters his age and with his pedigree stay that active, whether they are healthy or not.

The last time Faber fought four times in the same calendar year was 2007. He went 4-0 that year, all WEC featherweight title defenses, including a win over Dominick Cruz.

Six years later, Michael McDonald stands...

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Video: Invicta FC's 'Road to Honchak vs. Smith'

Barb Honchak, left, continued her winning ways, taking

(Credit: Invicta FC/Esther Lin)

Barb Honchak defends her flyweight title against Leslie Smith at Invicta 7 this Saturday.

Here's an impressive 25-minute "Road to" video that introduces you to both fighters.

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://bit.ly/1cXZqrv)...

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The Jekyl & Hyde interviews of Ronda Rousey

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey attends the

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The MMA community on Twitter had its share of commentary Saturday night after Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate provided host Jon Anik with one of the more awkward interviews you'll see on TV.

Rousey then turned back into her charming self Monday night during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Below are both interviews.

 

 

 

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Oooh, another Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and

(Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

Hard to really understand the point of staredowns beyond photo ops and content creation for video players.

Alas, here's the video of the Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown from the "TUF" 18 final episode.

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://foxs.pt/IvWubE)...

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Phillipe Nover on fighting in New York

Brooklyn's Phillipe Nover, right, fights Rob Emerson at

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Phillipe Nover sounded thrilled when he first heard about what Renzo Gracie was cooking up for him -- wrestling against former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at Grapple at the Garden on Sunday, Dec. 1.

"Frankie Edgar wants to wrestle me?" Nover said. "All right!"

Nover lacks the wrestling pedigree of Edgar -- four trips to the Division I national tournament....

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Meet Glory 12 headliner Wayne Barrett

Wayne Barrett in training for a Glory Kickboxing

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With just three pro fights, Queens resident Wayne Barrett headlines the Glory 12 kickboxing event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

So who is this guy? Have a look at the video embedded below:

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://bit.ly/1jsTVmH)

Barrett will fight Joe Schilling in the main event on Spike. The televised portion of the card begins at 9 p.m. ET.

Here's...

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Costa Philippou headlines UFC Fight Night vs. Luke Rockhold

Costa Philippou of Long Island reacts after the

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Costa Philippou was on a roll through the middleweight division of the UFC until a lackluster performance against Francis Carmont in September ended his five fight-win streak.

Luke Rockhold was doing rather nicely as the Strikeforce middleweight champion until a leg belonging to Vitor Belfort blasted him in the head in his UFC debut last May.

On Jan. 15, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 35 in...

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What's a UFC win worth on Twitter?

Johny Hendricks listens as Georges St. Pierre, of

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The UFC was one of the early pro sports leagues to integrate Twitter into its marketing and promoting of events and fighters.

Many things go into determining how many followers a fighter has -- from performance in the cage, to engagement on Twitter, to sponsorship campaigns, to existing profile/status in the UFC, to at least a dozen other things.

So here's a question: how much is a UFC...

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