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Weidman to host BJJ seminar for Live to Fight charity

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at a press

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UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, a newly minted brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Danaher and Matt Serra, will host a BJJ seminar for the Live To Fight charity of which he is a board member.

The event will be at Renzo Gracie's academy in Manhattan (224 W. 30th St.) on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.

The No Gi BJJ seminar will also include top UFC lightweight Jim Miller,...

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Sneak peek: Frank Shamrock in 'Bound by Blood'

Frank Shamrock walks out of the cage after

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Here's a sneak peek at a new Frank Shamrock documentary airing Thursday at 11 p.m. on Spike TV.

"Shamrock: Bound by Blood" includes a look at his MMA career, his backstory as an imprisoned teen and an on-camera meeting with his estranged adoptive brother Ken Shamrock.

If you've read Shamrock's autobiography (pretty good read, by the way), this is the movie version. Sort of.



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Some reasons to watch UFC Fight Night: Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields

More than 55,000 fans will be in attendance

I understand the Internet was built around assigning numbers to lists of things, but for the sake of fun, let's be different today. Rather than give you the psychologically comfortable number or five or 10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night in Brazil on Wednesday night, here are "some" reasons to spend some of your evening tuned into Fox Sports 1 for the fights.

-- All 10 bouts are...

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UFC Primetime Velasquez-Dos Santos episode 2 recap

Junior dos Santos, top right, takes down Cain

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These days, such commentary usually winds up on Twitter, lost to many of you in your timelines or -- gasp! -- not even seen by those not on Twitter.

So, here were my thoughts as I watched the second episode of "UFC Primetime" leading up to Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, 2013, in Houston.

-- Um, wherever those opening beach scenes are from, yeah,...

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Dana White on Dominick Cruz, UFC title defense policy

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is a coach

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As of Monday, it has been two years and six days since UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz last fought instead the octagon.

Knee surgery caused him to miss his title defense against Urijah Faber at UFC 148 (the co-main event with Anderson Silva's rematch against Chael Sonnen). A second knee surgery caused an even longer delay for Cruz.

UFC president Dana White said recently that...

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At the movies . . . UFC 167

Georges St-Pierre watches Canada's Francis Carmont in his

(Credit: AP Photo Chris Young)

Coming to a movie theater near you on Nov. 16, 2013 -- the UFC's biggest pay-per-view star and the UFC's 20th anniversary show.

UFC 167, headlined by welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks, will be broadcast in movie theaters that night via Fathom Events.

This is at least the fourth time the UFC has partnered with NCM for a one-night only special event.


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NYFE Amateur MMA fight card in Queens

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New York Fight Exchance will host its first amateur MMA event on Friday (Oct. 4) at the Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens.

Nine Long Islanders will be featured on the card, which is sanctioned by the WKA. NYFE's Facebook page says the event includes "full ground and pound" rules.

Here's the fight card:

Main Event

Jerome Mickle 8-0-0, 170 lbs from MMA University,...

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Bellator title shot at stake for Long Island's Anthony Leone

Bellator bantamweight Anthony Leone grew up in Center

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There was a time when Anthony Leone lost four straight fights and was dropped from WEC, Strikeforce and Bellator, three of the four biggest mixed martial arts promotions out there.

That time was a 12-month span from June 2010 to May 2011.

Fast forward to October 2013, and here's Leone, the Center Moriches native, on the cusp of a Bellator title shot. Leone, winner of four straight bouts,...

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TUF's Raquel Pennington on being a gay athlete

Undefeated Cat Zingano, left, at weigh-ins against bantamweight

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Raquel Pennington, a contestant on the current season of "The Ultimate Fighter," talks about what it's like to be a gay fighter and the struggles she faced telling her family.

Watch the clip embedded below.

Video: Being a gay athlete

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UFC Primetime Velasquez-Dos Santos episode 1 recap

Cain Velasquez grapples with Junior dos Santos during

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Because there isn’t enough running commentary on the Internet, here’s mine from a viewing of the first episode of "UFC Primetime" with Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos in the build-up to UFC 166 on Oct. 19.

— Still can’t understand how Dos Santos didn’t collapse at some point during the second fight.

— You can never have enough shots of fighters driving in their cars and...

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