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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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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.

(Newsday's app users can click the link above to watch)...

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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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Gian Villante, UFC fighter and heartthrob?

Sweat drips off Gian Villante after a jiu-jitsu

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The actual, more traditional journalism story advancing Gian Villante’s fight on Sunday against Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night will arrive on the Internet later this week and perhaps in Sunday’s newspaper as well.

For now, here’s a little bonus material from our interview last week. Just too funny to keep out of public view.

Most fighters use a nickname to help establish, ironically,...

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The big UFC welterweight ranking shakeup

Hector Lombard poses during a UFC portrait session

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This should come as no surprise (and not just because we told you last week to expect this to happen), but this week's UFC welterweight rankings look significantly different than they did last week.

First, here's how they looked last week (March 10):

1. Johny Hendricks

2. Carlos Condit

3. Robbie Lawler

4. Rory MacDonald

5. Jake Ellenberger

6. Jake Shields

7....

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UFC 171's Dennis Bermudez keeps evolving

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez at Long Island MMA

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As their careers begin, MMA fighters get typecasted quicker than actor Frank Vincent in gangster roles.

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez came to MMA with a background as a collegiate wrestler and a freestyle All-American credit to his name.

Very easy for opponents to look at that and say “Oh, he’s gonna try to take me down.”

But if you watch the body of work put forth by Bermudez...

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UFC 171 to give welterweight rankings a big makeover

Robbie Lawler celebrates his split-decision victory over Rory

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There's another one of those UFC fight cards this weekend -- UFC 171 in Dallas on Saturday, to be exact. Whether or not the card is "stacked" and the fights are "sick" is up to each person to determine for themselves.

What remains undisputed about UFC 171, though, is this: the welterweight division will look completely different Sunday morning and again Monday afternoon when the new UFC rankings...

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Costas Philippou gets Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night

Costa Philippou of Long Island reacts after the

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Since his upset win over Tim Boetsch at the end of 2012, Costas Philippou has dropped his last two fights.

The Massapequa Park resident, ranked No. 10 in the UFC middleweight division, gets his next chance to climb back up the ladder. Philippou (12-4, 5-3 UFC) will fight Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night in Cincinnati on May 10. Both parties have verbally agreed to the bout, the UFC said Sunday.

Larkin...

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Upcoming bouts for Long Island's MMA fighters

Dennis Bermudez is seen against Pablo Garza during

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Long Island may not be Brazil when it comes to producing the volume of mixed martial arts fighters, but this little spot has come quite far in the seven years since East Meadow's Matt Serra knocked out Georges St-Pierre in 2007.

There are seven Long Islanders in the UFC at the moment, plus others in Bellator, ONE FC and elsewhere.

The followng list is by no means exhaustive, but have...

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Ryan LaFlare's next fight in Abu Dhabi

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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Ryan LaFlare's first year in the UFC has taken him to new levels -- on frequent flyer programs.

His first fight was in Sweden, his second in Brazil and his third in California. And that was just in 2013.

LaFlare, from Lindenhurst has his next fight booked now and, yes, he's taking another big trip. LaFlare (10-0, 3-0 UFC) will fight welterweight John Howard at UFC Fight Night in Abu...

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