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Michael Chandler-Eddie Alvarez 'Unfinished Business' recap

Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

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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...

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Al Iaquinta's office life

Al Iaquinta of Wantagh trains at Ray Longo

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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...

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Poll results: No love for Jose Aldo

Jose Aldo celebrates his unanimous decision victory over

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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...

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MMA Platinum Gloves tourney fight card

Mixed martial arts amateur fighter Prince Uchegbu trains

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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.

Welterweights

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)

Lightweights

Nick Fiore (0-0) vs. Alexander Capogna (0-0)

Antonio...

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UFC Primetime Velasquez-Dos Santos episode 3 recap

Junior Dos Santos poses for a photo after

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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...

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Cain Velasquez hated life without UFC title

UFC fighter Cain Velasquez rests during a media

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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,"...

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Cain Velasquez's fight day ritual

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez poses for a

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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"...

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UFC fighter quotes on MMA in New York

Nicely manicured beard from @frankieedgar as he heads

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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...

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Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Miyao at World Jiu-Jitsu Expo

Jon Fitch in a scene from the MMA

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...

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Knockout video: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Erick Silva

Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea, top, fights

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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)...

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