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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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Chris Weidman still not intimidated by Anderson Silva

The fight poster for UFC 168 with Long

His image is on top. His name is listed first. He'll be introduced last.

Still, new UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman would have preferred a different photo be used in the poster for UFC 168 and his rematch against former champ Anderson Silva.

As for the "Leave No Doubt" tagline used on the poster?

"I like that," Weidman said Wednesday at a UFC 168 promotional...

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Talking Jones-Teixeira and more on 'MMA Beat'

Jon Jones flexes during the weigh-in for Saturday's

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The good-hearted folks at MMA Fighting were kind enough to set a place at the table for me in a guest appearance on Episode 19 of The MMA Beat.

Embedded below is the show, where I say some things that may or may not be perceived as viable MMA commentary. I'm partially afraid to watch it since I'm my own worst critic, but I'm more afraid to read the comments since maybe I'm not my own worst...

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Video: Weidman, Silva on ESPN MMA Live

Chris Weidman, left and Anderson Silva embrace after

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On the off chance you haven't heard Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman answer these questions of late, here's one more chance.

Weidman, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, and Silva, the former champion, spent Thursday at ESPN doing a media blitz.

Here's a clip from MMA Live Extra.

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LI's Al Iaquinta has new opponent for UFC Fight Night

Al Iaquinta of Wantagh will be a contestant

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Last week, Wantagh's Al Iaquinta was tabbed to replace the injured Paul Taylor in a fight against Anthony Njokuani scheduled for UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England, next month.

This week, it is Njokuani who had to pull out of the fight with an injury.

Iaquinta, a Team Serra-Longo fighter, will now face Piotr Hallman in a lightweight bout that same night.

Iaquinta (6-2-1,...

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Fox Sports Latin America to broadcast Bellator

Bellator MMA chairman and chief executive Bjorn Rebney

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Fox Sports Latin America and Bellator agreed to a muti-year partnership that gives the network exclusive broadcast rights to the MMA promotion's content, both parties announced Tuesday.

The deal begins in October with Bellator's library of fights and other programming and will be shown in all Latin American countries, including Brazil.

“Fox Sports Latin America has been looking for the...

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Jon Jones on fight day

Jon Jones elbows Rashad Evans during a light

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Weigh-ins for UFC 165 in Toronto (watch them live here) are a few hours away now, which will conclude with main-eventers Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson hitting the scales.

The day of weigh-ins before a fight is the busiest day of fight week, said Jones. This during a week filled with media obligations, cutting the remaining few pounds to hit 205, workouts, and throwing out the first pitch...

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BJJ video: Master Mansur, 9th degree red belt

Master Francisco Mansur


If you’re a fan of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and its history, here is a video you must watch. It’s about 9th degree red belt Master Francisco Mansur and his student, fourth degree black belt Milton Regis. They run the Kioto Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools in Port Jefferson and Sayville.

Of course, 9th degree red belt is impressive enough. But perhaps more impressive is that Mansur is one of only 22...

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Jon Jones, Alex Rodriguez and the first pitch

UFC fighter Jon Jones throws out the first

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Jon Jones is better suited keeping his strikes inside the cage. His first pitch at the Blue Jays-Yankees game on Tuesday was a smidge or two out of the strike zone.

But at least he reached the plate, and did so from the mound, two things many celebrity first-pitch throwers rarely do.

Jones, who is in Toronto to defend his light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165,...

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Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva UFC media tour stops in NYC

UFC champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chris Weidman

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In the span of eight days beginning Sept. 23, Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva will visit seven cities across the United States and Brazil to promote their rematch at UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Dec. 28.

Presumably, they will be asked many of the same questions in each city and offer the same answers. Expect quite a few of them to be about UFC 162 when Weidman upset Silva to win the middleweight...

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