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Almost two years to the day since Michael Chandler took Eddie Alvarez's Bellator lightweight title, the rematch headlines Bellator 106.
Of course, that Nov. 2 card was supposed to be headlined by Tito Ortiz vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, but Ortiz pulled out with a neck injury last week.
Spike TV aired a half-hour special hyping Chandler vs. Alvarez II last night. Here are...Read more »
Al Iaquinta wakes up in the morning and goes to work. Througout the day, he works. At night, he works.
But his job is a bit different. His "business casual" attire is a rash guard and board shorts.
The life of an MMA fighter does indeed have its perks . . . when someone isn't punching them in the face or kicking them in the ribs.
“I cant imagine working a 9-5," the...Read more »
Jose Aldo hasn't lost a fight in eight years and yet the UFC featherweight champion from Brazil gets shown very little love as the best pound-for-pound fighter MMA fighter in the world.
That's because of who's ahead of him. Heck, Aldo even lost out to anyone not already listed as an option.
In our latest Fightin' Words reader poll, Jon Jones took the plurality of votes (a total of 1,835...Read more »
Here's the fight card for the first round of the MMA Platinum Gloves amateur tournament on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Upsky Hotel in Hauppauge.
Stuart Gordon (1-0) vs. Zac Rosado (0-0)
Steven Haynes (0-1) vs. Ricky Pigatti (0-0)
Salvatore Dicristo (0-0) vs. Jude Paulemon (0-0)
Nick Fiore (0-0) vs. Alexander Capogna (0-0)
Antonio...Read more »
The last episode of "UFC Primetime" featuring Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos aired Wednesday night. And in keeping with the tradition started two weeks ago, here's my running take on the episode. — I hope the reactions shown by Javier Mendez and Daniel Cormier watching the quotes from Junior Dos Santos’ camp were real and not staged for the scene. — Cormier has...Read more »
In the second fight, Cain Velasquez became the first fighter in UFC history to connect on more than 100 significant strikes and stick 10 or more takedowns in the same bout.
That says something about the skills of heavyweight champion Velasquez -- but it also shows the ability of Junior Dos Santos to take a punch and keep coming forward for more.
“I wasn't looking for the finish,"...Read more »
If you happen to be staying in the same hotel as UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez this week in Houston, please look both ways before merging into the hallway. You just might see 240 pounds of man flying toward you at full steam.
(Not double-checking if the coast is clear would be akin to letting Bald Bull knock out Little Mac with his bull charge in "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out"...Read more »
An Octagon arrived on Long Island, and on Saturday, UFC fighters were standing inside it.
If their attire had been different -- topless with board shorts rather than the T-shirts and jeans they did wear -- that would be a significant piece of news.
But, alas, professional mixed martial arts remains illegal in New York for reasons that are less about sports and more about politics.
It...Read more »
Add Jon Fitch to the superfight schedule for the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo next month in Long Beach, Calif.
Fitch will go against BJJ world champion Paulo Miyao in a 20-minute submission only match, Renzo Gracie told Newsday on Thursday.
"He's a fighter," Gracie said. "I couldn't beleive when we offered him such a tough opponent, he took it right away and not even a question."
Two...Read more »
Words can paint a picture, but so can embed code.
Watch below as Dong Hyun Kim, a top-level grappler, blasts Erick Silva in the face with a left hand for the knockout at UFC Fight Night in Brazil.
(Newsday's app users can watch at youtube.com/watch?v=oopnSKmeCVY#t=43)...Read more »