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Tate talk: Miesha Tate after TUF Finale weigh-ins

Miesha Tate reacts after losing her Strikeforce women's

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Miesha Tate talks about why she trained more with female fighters than in the past leading up to her bout against Cat Zingano at Ultimate Finale 17 on Saturday night.

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TUF Finale weigh-in interviews: Uriah Hall, Kelvin Gastelum

TUF 17 finalist Kelvin Gastelum.

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Hear from Season 17 "Ultimate Fighter" finalsts Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum after weigh-ins in the video embedded below.

The two will fight Saturday night at 9 p.m. on FX.

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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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Michael Bisping says something nice about Chris Weidman

British fighter Michael Bisping gestures during the weigh-in

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Michael Bisping has done his share of bashing Long Island's Chris Weidman in the public sphere when there's a camera available.

Well, here's a video where Bisping actually says nice/positive things about Weidman's chances against middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 162 in July.

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Still amazed at Chonan def. Silva

Anderson Silva, from Brazil, celebrates after defeating Stephan

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I happened to be looking at Anderson Silva's fight record Tuesday morning for a refresher on his various win streaks.

I've seen that loss -- you know, the one to Ryo Chonan on Dec. 31, 2004 -- before, but every time I see it, I'm amazed. Some times, I think it's a typo. Some times, I wonder why Chonan isn't tweeting every day "I beat Anderson Silva."

And some times, the shock...

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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."

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Nick Diaz wants to retire and to rematch GSP

Nick Diaz flexes during the weigh-in for

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Watch and enjoy the Nick Diaz UFC 158 post-fight interview on Fuel TV as he talks about retiring and getting a rematch with Georges St-Pierre in the same interview.

I believe Ariel Helwani asked one question in the first three minutes and didn't need to do much else beyond hold the microphone.


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UFC 158 weigh-in interviews with GSP, Diaz

Fighters Georges St-Pierre, left, and Nick Diaz, right,

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Here you go, folks -- the UFC 158 interviews with Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre after Friday's weigh-ins.

A few interesting things to note:

-- Diaz sort of rambles on a bit, but avoids giving juicy quotes for use later on Twitter.

-- Diaz may come across as aloof in the interview, but he actually is processing the questions asked and thinking about his answer.

-- GSP is...

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Anderson Silva lacks enthusiasm for Chris Weidman fight

Brazilian MMA-UFC fighter Anderson Silva (L) practices in


In a back-and-forth battle that is all words and nothing else between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, it's the UFC middleweight champion's turn.

On the latest edition of "UFC Tonight," Silva spoke to Fuel TV's Karyn Bryant from his new Muay Thai College. The video is embedded below, but here are the three key points from Silva:

"The people talk, blah, blah, blah, blah."


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Bermudez, Grice talk about their thrilling UFC 157 fight

Dennis Bermudez celebrates his tap-out win against Tom

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Long Island's Dennis Bermudez and Oklahoma's Matt Grice put on a thrilling fight Saturday at UFC 157 -- an instant candidate for every "Fight of the Year" Top 10 list that will surface in mid-December.

They each earned Fight of the Night honors and an accompanying $50,000 on top of their show money, and in Bermudez's case, win money, too.

Here's the video of Bermudez and Grice...

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