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Which Long Islanders could be on UFC's Atlantic City card on July 16?

Uniondale's Aljamain Sterling during a training session at

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

The UFC has a pretty solid track record of putting a few local fighters on their cards when they travel outside the home base of Las Vegas.

So, when the top MMA promotion announced over the weekend that they would put on a fight night at the Revel in Atlantic City, N.J., on July 16, the immediate thoughts around here focused on who from Long Island might be on that card. (Since New York remains...

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Pizza and punches: Eddie Gordon's 'Ultimate Fighter' viewing party

MMA fighter Eddie Gordon, from Freeport, poses for

(Credit: James Escher)

In between the punching and kicking, perhaps try the Prince Edward mussels in a roasted garlic and lemon white wine sauce.

In the between the grappling and the backstories, maybe a slice of pizza and a few garlic knots.

Or just try whatever Eddie Gordon's serving at his "Ultimate Fighter" viewing party Wednesday night at Montana Brothers in Freeport.

“That’s my spot, I’ve been...

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Chris Weidman up and running (sort of) day after knee surgery

Breakfast of champion, or a champion's breakfast? Either

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman had both of his knees scoped on Tuesday night at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

On Wednesday, he was already up and lightly jogging at rehab.

Here's the clip the Baldwin native posted to his Instagram account.

(Newsday's app users can click the link above to watch)...

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Al Iaquinta, in a suit, on TV, in a commercial

Al Iaquinta defeats Kevin Lee at UFC 169

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Most UFC fans who live outside the Long Island area first were introduced to Al Iaquinta shirtless or wearing headgear to protect his ears on "The Ultimate Fighter Live" (Season 15) back in 2012.

Two years and three straight UFC wins later, the Wantagh-based Iaquinta can be seen wearing a suit and delivering the closing line in a new commercial alongside Serra-Longo teammate and middleweight...

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Eddie Gordon on Season 19 of 'The Ultimate Fighter'

MMA light heavyweight Eddie Gordon, of Freeport, trains

(Credit: James Escher)

Freeport's Eddie Gordon, who trains with Ray Longo and Matt Serra, is among the 32 contestants on Season 19 of "The Ultimate Fighter."

The UFC announced the fighters on Tuesday. Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn will be the coaches and will fight one another at the live finale on July 6. The show has already completed filming.

The season will premiere Wednesday, April 16 at 10 p.m. on Fox...

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Gian Villante, UFC fighter and heartthrob?

Sweat drips off Gian Villante after a jiu-jitsu

(Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)

The actual, more traditional journalism story advancing Gian Villante’s fight on Sunday against Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night will arrive on the Internet later this week and perhaps in Sunday’s newspaper as well.

For now, here’s a little bonus material from our interview last week. Just too funny to keep out of public view.

Most fighters use a nickname to help establish, ironically,...

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Six title fights set for Ring of Combat 48

Chris Wade, left, and Andre Harrison, right, spar

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Ring of Combat has a history of sending its fighters to the UFC and other top mixed martial arts promotions -- a list that runs more than 80 names deep and includes Matt Serra, Frankie Edgar, Chris Weidman, Josh Koscheck, Uriah Hall and Edson Barboza, to name a few.

On May 16 at The Tropicana in Atlantic City, Ring of Combat returns for its 48th fight card. Six titles will be in the line,...

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LI's Andrew Leone wins at ONE FC War of Nations

Andrew Leone, left, defeated Shinichi Kojima by unanimous

(Credit: ONE FC)

Coming in heavy didn't slow down Andrew Leone in his ONE FC bout Friday night.

Leone, who missed weight by two pounds, defeated flyweight Shinichi Kojima at ONE FC War of Nations in Kuala Lumpur. It was his first fight since a knee injury last September postponed this fight then for the Singapore-based promotion.

Leone (7-2), a Center Moriches native now living in Phuket, Thailand, had...

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UFC 171's Dennis Bermudez keeps evolving

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez at Long Island MMA

(Credit: Newsday/Chris Ware)

As their careers begin, MMA fighters get typecasted quicker than actor Frank Vincent in gangster roles.

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez came to MMA with a background as a collegiate wrestler and a freestyle All-American credit to his name.

Very easy for opponents to look at that and say “Oh, he’s gonna try to take me down.”

But if you watch the body of work put forth by Bermudez...

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Bellator 111 fight card: LI's Leone goes for title

Bellator bantamweight Anthony Leone grew up in Center

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A loss and an injury later, Anthony Leone gets a shot at the Bellator bantamweight title this Friday.

The loss was his, the injury was his opponent's. Rafael Silva beat Leone, who grew up in Center Moriches, last October in the Bellator 2013 Summer Series tournament finale to earn the title shot against Eduardo Dantas. But Silva injured his knee last month and had to pull out of the fight,...

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