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Chris Weidman wins Fighter of the Year award

UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman arrives at the

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Long Island's Chris Weidman, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, added one more piece of hardware to his new home in Dix Hills.

After beating Anderson Silva twice in less than six months in 2013 -- Silva had never lost in the UFC before that -- Weidman was named the Fighter of the Year at the sixth annual World MMA Awards in Las Vegas last Friday.

Weidman beat out Vitor Belfort,...

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What happened to the UFC light heavyweight division?

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, right, trades punches with Rashad

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The second biggest weight class in the UFC is looking mighty thin these days.

Once the most glamorous division in the world's most prominent mixed martial arts promotion, the UFC's light heavyweight division lacks depth. Part of that can be attributed to the normal ebb and flow of fighters (and sports in general), as well as the expansion of other weight classes.

Also, don't underestimate...

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Thinking about UFC 168 . . .

Miesha Tate gestures to Ronda Rousey during the

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LAS VEGAS -- As I watch the sun rise up from the mountains in the desert from my hotel room, I'm reminded that it is a new day, which means more time to process all the things seen at UFC 168 several hours ago.

Here are of the thoughts I'm generating at the moment after watching a series of fights that stirred up more than $6.2 million in gate revenue for the UFC:

-- Miesha Tate vs....

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Learn a little about Luke Rockhold

Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.

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Luke Rockhold wore the Captain Obvious crown when he said in the video below that the toughest thing about fighting Vitor Belfort is trying to make it through the first round. Of Belfort's 22 career wins, 14 have come in the first round.

But this clip from UFC's "Ultimate Insider" goes a bit deeper into Rockhold's back story, so give it a watch now or some time before he fights Belfort...

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Bisping says this, Belfort says that

Brazil's Vitor Belfort at open workouts in a

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After the weigh-ins for UFC on FX in Brazil, Michael Bisping had this to say about Saturday night's bout:

 

Vitor Belfort had this to say in his post-weigh-in interview.

 

Newsday's app users can watch these videos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZB09ffFxGo&list=UUEQafBcFZq5id7E63yR47nw&index=1...

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Michael Bisping must win at UFC on FX

British fighter Michael Bisping, second from left, waves

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If Michael Bisping beats Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7 this weekend in Brazil, he gets the next title shot against middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

That's what UFC president Dana White has said publicly on several occasions. (Of course, that doesn't always mean much, just ask Anthony Pettis.)

Beating Belfort isn't easy. No one is saying it is (except for maybe Bisping, but that's...

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