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Jon Jones then: 'We won't be laughing'

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones shadow boxes

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Three months back, there were plates of chicken parm, Caesar's salad and other treats going around the table at Carmine's in Manhattan.

Assorted MMA media were there, as were Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. The two UFC light heavyweights, there to promote the newest season of "The Ultimate Fighter" as coaches, were cordial and friendly.

There was even an amusing phone call that...

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Michael Bisping lends Alan Belcher a quote

Michael Bisping at weigh-ins for UFC, in Sao

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Michael Bisping says a great many things about a great many people when questions are posed of him.

And sometimes, the talkative Brit will answer questions asked of people.

On Monday's UFC 159 media conference call, a reporter asked Alan Belcher what he thought a win over Bisping would do for his career in the middleweight division.

Belcher began to answer the question. He got...

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Jon Jones to heavyweight in 2014?

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones poses during

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Why is that we never seem satisfied with greatness at the time when it is great?

It's hard to argue against Jon Jones being the best light heavyweight champion the UFC has seen, even if he is one title defense away from tying Tito Ortiz's UFC-record five in a row. Jones goes for No. 5 this Saturday against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 in Newark.

But many want to dream about what's next for...

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Chael Sonnen's sonnet for UFC 159

UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen is a coach

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Chael Sonnen has a fight coming up, which means you'll be seeing plenty of outlanding headlines and sound bites from him.

Jon Jones will be the subject of most Sonnen's rants as their UFC 159 title fight in Newark approaches.

Here's the latest from Sonnen, who gets poetic on "UFC Tonight."

Newsday's mobile app users can view the video at http://youtu.be/B4nKgg_BbtM...

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Wantagh's Al Iaquinta on UFC 159 fight card

Wantagh's Al Iaquinta, right, gets his hand raised

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Al Iaquinta, a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter's "TUF Live" season in 2012, has his first UFC fight booked.

The Wantagh-raised Iaquinta will fight Joe Proctor, a teammate of his on "TUF Live," at UFC 159 on April 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Since losing in the final by first-round submission to Michael Chiesa last June, Iaquinta (5-2-1) underwent...

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Jones, Sonnen, chicken parm and the phone call

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones arrives at

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Above these words, on both the website and our apps, you'll see the first of our videos from Wednesday's sitdown with Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. This particular video focuses on their time coaching fighters on Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter," which began airing this week.

But here's a fun little story from earlier that day.

During the informal lunch at Carmine's, a family...

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