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Anderson Silva not worried about leg anymore

Anderson Silva gets ready before his UFC 148

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Any time Anderson Silva posts a new photo or video clip to his Instagram account that documents his path back from a nasty broken leg last December, cell towers put in for overtime.

In a new sitdown interview with UFC Fight Pass, clips of which were posted to UFC's social media accounts this week, Silva said he could be ready to fight again in four months or so.

He also made a remark...

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UFC changes fight bonus structure

Joe Lauzon is bloodied during his UFC155 lightweight

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Back in the day, you know, like, about a week or so ago, one so-so submission on an entire fight card would yield a sweet $50,000 bonus paycheck to a UFC fighter, even if there were far more exciting fights that night.

That's a goner, now.

The UFC announced earlier this week that they are eliminating the submission of the night and knockout of the night bonuses and replacing them with...

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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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Things to watch for at UFC 168

Uriah Hall, left, defeated Dylan Andrews in the

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LAS VEGAS -- Some thoughts about what to look for at UFC 168 on Saturday night (besides just the punching and the kicking and the grappling):

-- How does Uriah Hall respond after two losses and that "He's not a fighter" quote by UFC president Dana White from the last time he fought? That should be quite interesting to watch unfold against Chris Leben.

-- Can Miesha Tate push...

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Poll results: No love for Jose Aldo

Jose Aldo celebrates his unanimous decision victory over

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Jose Aldo hasn't lost a fight in eight years and yet the UFC featherweight champion from Brazil gets shown very little love as the best pound-for-pound fighter MMA fighter in the world.

That's because of who's ahead of him. Heck, Aldo even lost out to anyone not already listed as an option.

In our latest Fightin' Words reader poll, Jon Jones took the plurality of votes (a total of 1,835...

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Chris Weidman still not intimidated by Anderson Silva

The fight poster for UFC 168 with Long

His image is on top. His name is listed first. He'll be introduced last.

Still, new UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman would have preferred a different photo be used in the poster for UFC 168 and his rematch against former champ Anderson Silva.

As for the "Leave No Doubt" tagline used on the poster?

"I like that," Weidman said Wednesday at a UFC 168 promotional...

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Video: Weidman, Silva on ESPN MMA Live

Chris Weidman, left and Anderson Silva embrace after

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On the off chance you haven't heard Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman answer these questions of late, here's one more chance.

Weidman, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, and Silva, the former champion, spent Thursday at ESPN doing a media blitz.

Here's a clip from MMA Live Extra.

(Newsday's app users can watch the video at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9726603)...

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Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva UFC media tour stops in NYC

UFC champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chris Weidman

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In the span of eight days beginning Sept. 23, Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva will visit seven cities across the United States and Brazil to promote their rematch at UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Dec. 28.

Presumably, they will be asked many of the same questions in each city and offer the same answers. Expect quite a few of them to be about UFC 162 when Weidman upset Silva to win the middleweight...

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Silent Sonnen

Jon Jones fought Chael Sonnen at UFC 159

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If you're wondering why your Internet didn't slow to a crawl this week, one possibility is that Chael Sonnen didn't fire away at Mauricio "Shogun" Rua much leading up to their headline bout Saturday in Boston on UFC Fight Night on Fox Sports 1.

Below are the juiciest of Sonnen's work on the conference call from earlier this week. None of them figure to have the type of staying power...

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Watch Newsday's exclusive documentary of Chris Weidman at UFC 162

Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva at UFC 162

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When Long Island's own Chris Weidman won the UFC middleweight title last Saturday, Newsday was there. Now UFC fans can relive the momentous fight with our exclusive documentary.

Shot by Mario Gonzalez, the documentary --  entitled "Chris Weidman: 'I was destined for this' " -- follows Weidman both in and out of the octagon, sharing a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a fighter as...

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