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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

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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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Upcoming bouts for Long Island's MMA fighters

Dennis Bermudez is seen against Pablo Garza during

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Long Island may not be Brazil when it comes to producing the volume of mixed martial arts fighters, but this little spot has come quite far in the seven years since East Meadow's Matt Serra knocked out Georges St-Pierre in 2007.

There are seven Long Islanders in the UFC at the moment, plus others in Bellator, ONE FC and elsewhere.

The followng list is by no means exhaustive, but have...

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Ryan LaFlare's next fight in Abu Dhabi

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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Ryan LaFlare's first year in the UFC has taken him to new levels -- on frequent flyer programs.

His first fight was in Sweden, his second in Brazil and his third in California. And that was just in 2013.

LaFlare, from Lindenhurst has his next fight booked now and, yes, he's taking another big trip. LaFlare (10-0, 3-0 UFC) will fight welterweight John Howard at UFC Fight Night in Abu...

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LI's Ryan LaFlare vs. Court McGee at UFC on Fox 9

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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Based on Ryan LaFlare's injury history, his fighter nickname may as well be "Pre-Existing Condition."

But the 30-year-old UFC fighter from Lindenhurst entered his fight last Saturday the healthiest he's been in years. He left Brazil victorious and, now, three days later, he has his next fight booked.

In four and a half weeks.

LaFlare (9-0, 2-0 UFC) will fight Season 11...

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LI's Ryan LaFlare wins UFC debut at UFC on Fuel TV 9

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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For all of Benny Alloway's ability to avoid taking much damage, this much can be said: Ryan LaFlare spent 15 minutes putting him in disadvantageous situations.

That's the nature of LaFlare, the Lindenhurst native who won his UFC debut by unanimous decisoin at UFC on Fuel TV 9 in Sweden on Saturday. All three judges scored it 30-27 for LaFlare (8-0).

LaFlare scored three takedowns...

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LI's Ryan LaFlare at ease for UFC debut

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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Folks speak of the "UFC jitters" when it comes to fighters making their promotional debuts inside the Octagon.

For Lindenhurst native Ryan LaFlare, that may not be the case.

Yes, this Saturday, the undefeated welterweight fights in Sweden on the prelims for UFC on Fuel TV 9. But for a 29-year-old whose previous seven fights were in the regional promotion Ring of Combat, the...

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Long Island's influx on the UFC

Dennis Bermudez celebrates his tap-out win against Tom

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Long Island's closest UFC title contender, Chris Weidman, remains on the shelf as he rehabs from a shoulder injury. But as Weidman continues his way back to the middleweight division and a possible fight with champion Anderson Silva, plenty of other local fighters have UFC fights scheduled in the next two months. Here's a quick rundown: Featherweight Dennis Bermudez (Lindenhurst) will fight Matt...

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World Series of Fighting gets big NBC Sports deal

Anthony Johnson, right, pops D.J. Linderman with a

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The World Series of Fighting, one of the newest MMA promotions, announced Monday a three-year broadcast partnership with NBC Sports Network, one that promises at least six live events per year.

NBC Sports Network is NBC's fairly new 24-hour sports channel. The deal gives them another live event to promote -- and more importantly, the MMA audience to promote to. The network already airs NHL,...

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Ryan LaFlare returns to win at Ring of Combat 43

LI's Ryan LaFlare trains for MMA title shot

The last time Ryan LaFlare fought inside a steel cage, everyone loved Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, Carmelo Anthony was a Denver Nugget and LeBron James was still a month away from making "The Decision."

Out of action for more than two and a half years because of injuries, LaFlare returned Friday night to the same set of results as every one of his previous fights: victory.

LaFlare,...

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