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Watch: Jon Jones on 'Live with Kelly & Michael'

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones arrives at

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Jon Jones told a number of us media folk on Monday that he's a big fan of Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan and that he was extremely excited to be a guest on Tuesday morning's "Live with Kelly and Michael."

The light heavyweight champ was the first UFC fighter to appear on the show, and it's in part to hype his UFC 172 title defense this Saturday in Baltimore.

Jones is no stranger to media...

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Fallon Fox featured on HBO's 'Real Sports'

Fallon Fox, a transgender MMA fighter, at a

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Of course, the Matt Mitrione quotes are in there. Joe Rogan's too. And, yes, the opposing fighter who entered the cage to Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like a Lady."

But that's only the setup for what is a solid, balanced and interesting piece on Fallon Fox, the first openly transgender fighter in women's mma. What else would you expect from HBO's "Real Sports," which seems to always do a terrific...

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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.

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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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Video: Weidman hitting pads with Longo

Middleweight Chris Weidman of Baldwin, trains with Ray

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Here's a little clip of a training session between UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman hitting pads with trainer Ray Longo one night this past week in Garden City.

It was produced by Weintraub Films, which has been documenting Weidman's camp for UFC 168.

That should be an interesting piece when it's completed and released.

Watch the video embedded below.

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One year, four fights for Urijah Faber

Ivan Menjivar, center, taps out as he is

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At age 34, Urijah Faber is just days away from his fourth UFC fight of 2013. Not many fighters his age and with his pedigree stay that active, whether they are healthy or not.

The last time Faber fought four times in the same calendar year was 2007. He went 4-0 that year, all WEC featherweight title defenses, including a win over Dominick Cruz.

Six years later, Michael McDonald stands...

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Video: Invicta FC's 'Road to Honchak vs. Smith'

Barb Honchak, left, continued her winning ways, taking

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Barb Honchak defends her flyweight title against Leslie Smith at Invicta 7 this Saturday.

Here's an impressive 25-minute "Road to" video that introduces you to both fighters.

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://bit.ly/1cXZqrv)...

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The Jekyl & Hyde interviews of Ronda Rousey

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey attends the

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The MMA community on Twitter had its share of commentary Saturday night after Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate provided host Jon Anik with one of the more awkward interviews you'll see on TV.

Rousey then turned back into her charming self Monday night during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Below are both interviews.

 

 

 

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Oooh, another Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and

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Hard to really understand the point of staredowns beyond photo ops and content creation for video players.

Alas, here's the video of the Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown from the "TUF" 18 final episode.

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://foxs.pt/IvWubE)...

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New EA Sports UFC trailer released, sort of

Jon Jones yells on stage after the weigh

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A new clip from EA Sports hit YouTube on Monday entitled "EA Sports UFC - Vision trailer."

It opens with a disclaimer slate that reads, "May Contain Content Inappropriate for Children."

What it should say is this: "May Not Contain Content From The Actual Game as the Word 'Trailer' Would Imply."

But that's too much copy for one screen in large font.

So,...

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