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WSOF 4 pre-fights videos for Spong, DeAnda

Tyrone Spong waits for the start of the

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Tyrone Spong and Angel DeAnda headline the fourth offering from the World Series of Fighting on Aug. 10 in Ontario, Calif. (and airing live on NBC Sports Network).

Let's get you started for that bout with a pair of pre-fight videos.

Tyrone Spong

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Angel DeAnda

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Dana says nice things about Johnson, not-so-nice things about Rory

Rory MacDonald, right, won a unanimous decision over

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UFC president Dana White rarely, if ever, minces his words.

After UFC on Fox 8 on Saturday night, White had nothing but positive things to say about flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, but welterweight Rory MacDonald did not get the same treatment.

MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger went three rounds, with MacDonald winning the decision in a very uneventful fight.

Hear what White...

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Michael Chandler, Bellator agree on contract extension

Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

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Lightweight champion Michael Chandler signed an eight-fight contract extension with Bellator, the promotion announced Thursday.

The undefeated Chandler (11-0, 8-0 Bellator) defends his title at Bellator 97 against David Rickels on July 31 on Spike.

“I believe Michael is the best lightweight in MMA," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a statement. "And, given that, I felt it...

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Watch the Holly Holm headkick KO

Holly Holm, background, knocks out Allanna Jones with

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In May, Allanna Jones was the opponent of Fallon Fox, the first known transgender MMA fighter.

In July, Allanna Jones was the recipient of a perfectly placed headkick by former boxer Holly Holm and got herself knocked out at Legacy FC 21.

Below is the full fight video, with the highlight headkick coming in around the 9:08 mark.

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Al Iaquinta to fight Ryan Couture at UFC 164

Mixed Martial Artist Al Iaquinta of Wantagh will

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After an injury prevented Al Iaquinta from fighting last April, the Wantagh-based lightweight will take advantage of another fighter's injury to continue his career in the UFC's octagon.

Iaquinta will replace Quinn Mulhern at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, Wisc., against Ryan Couture. Mulhern injured his hand and had to pull out of the Aug. 31 card.

A finalist on "The Ultimate Fighter Live"...

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Nassau executive declares July 17 'Chris Weidman Day'

Chris Weidman reacts after knocking down Anderson Silva

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Chris Weidman already has a UFC world championship. Now, he'll have his own day.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, New York State Senator Dean Skelos and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray have declared July 17 "Chris Weidman Day" in honor of the Baldwin native.

Weidman made national headlines on July 6 after a stunning second-round TKO of Anderson Silva to claim the...

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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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Chris Weidman: Anderson Silva and I will have a rematch

Chris Weidman knocks down Anderson Silva with a

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Chris Weidman says he and Anderson Silva will go at it again in the near future -- and it could happen as close to home as possible.

Weidman said Wednesday on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show that there would "100 percent" be a rematch between he and Silva. The Baldwin native knocked Silva out in stunning fashion Saturday night at UFC 162 to take the middleweight title and snap Silva's...

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Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva make weight for UFC 162

Baldwin's Chris Weidman celebrates his second-round TKO of

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The following sentence should come as no surprise to MMA fans.

Anderson Silva, the UFC middleweight champion, and Baldwin's Chris Weidman, the challenger, both made weight Friday night for their main event title fight at UFC 162 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Weidman weighed in at 185 pounds, the mandatory maximum for a title fight at middleweight. Only in championship fights is the one-pound...

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What UFC 162 means to the middleweight division

Mixed martial arts fighter Anderson Silva, from Brazil,

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Anderson Silva defends his middleweight title against Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Some thoughts on what it will mean to the middleweight division after the winner's hand is raised:

If Anderson Silva wins . . .

-- Very little changes in the overall makeup of the 185-pound picture since the champion remains as such.

-- Clear some bandwidth on your Internets...

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