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Amateur MMA Platinum Gloves returns to Long Island

Prince Ughebhu, right, squares up against Fernando Saavedra

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

MMA Platinum Gloves begins its second season on March 29 at The Sports Arena in St. James.

Here's a look at the latest fight card. More details and tickets available at mmaplatinumgloves.com.

Featherweight Championship

Prince Uchegbu vs. Stephen Pritchett

Lightweight Championship

Rufat Abbasov vs. Nick Fiore

Featherweights

Danny Ochart vs. Punhan Guliyev

Frankie...

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Stop complaining about MMA judging and do something about it

Most of those who complain about the judging in mixed martial arts don't necessarily understand the nuances of it. Even fighters and trainers may not get appreciate the subtleties that go into determining who won a fight and who didn't.

(Insert disclaimer here: This is not to absolve all judges from making some horrible decisions, since there are quite a few examples of that out there.)

As...

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UFC 170 should get Olympic marketing bump

Ronda Rousey , right, from the United States

(Credit: AP)

The matchup of Ronda Rousey, an Olympic judo bronze medalist, against Sara McMann, an Olympic wrestling silver medalist, is intriguing on a number of levels.

But, for the moment, let's take a look at the shrewd timing of its occurrence -- UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas.

Yes, the fight comes about eight weeks after Rousey last defended her women's bantamweight title against Miesha Tate...

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UFC adds women's strawweight division

Carla Esparza, left, won a unanimous decision over

(Credit: Invicta FC/Esther Lin)

Not long ago, women fighting inside the UFC's octagon seemed like the most far-fetched concept in the male-driven world of mixed martial arts. Heck, the president of the organization even said as much.

And there Dana White was on Wednesday, on a conference call, announcing that the UFC would be expanding its women's division to now include strawweights (115 pounds).

Invicta FC, an all-female...

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

Barb Honchak, left, continued her winning ways, taking

(Credit: Invicta FC/Esther Lin)

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

(Credit: Getty)

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.

 

 

 

Newsday's...

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Oooh, another Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown

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

(Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

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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MMA Platinum Gloves tourney fight card

Mixed martial arts amateur fighter Prince Uchegbu trains

(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Here's the fight card for the first round of the MMA Platinum Gloves amateur tournament on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Upsky Hotel in Hauppauge.

Welterweights

Stuart Gordon (1-0) vs. Zac Rosado (0-0)

Steven Haynes (0-1) vs. Ricky Pigatti (0-0)

Salvatore Dicristo (0-0) vs. Jude Paulemon (0-0)

Lightweights

Nick Fiore (0-0) vs. Alexander Capogna (0-0)

Antonio...

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NYFE Amateur MMA fight card in Queens

nyfe fight poster

New York Fight Exchance will host its first amateur MMA event on Friday (Oct. 4) at the Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens.

Nine Long Islanders will be featured on the card, which is sanctioned by the WKA. NYFE's Facebook page says the event includes "full ground and pound" rules.

Here's the fight card:

Main Event

Jerome Mickle 8-0-0, 170 lbs from MMA University,...

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TUF's Raquel Pennington on being a gay athlete

Undefeated Cat Zingano, left, at weigh-ins against bantamweight

(Credit: Invicta FC/Esther Lin)

Raquel Pennington, a contestant on the current season of "The Ultimate Fighter," talks about what it's like to be a gay fighter and the struggles she faced telling her family.

Watch the clip embedded below.

Video: Being a gay athlete

(Newsday's app and mobile users can watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3Cq1yMxqyk)...

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