Long Island MMA is one of the East Coast's premier MMA schools, and it's home to UFC fighter Dennis Bermudez, Strikeforce fighter Ryan LaFlare, and other rising stars.  Run by Gregg DePasquale, who is the BJJ coach for the school, Long Island MMA is doing great things for the sport of mixed martial arts.  I was at the school the other, and in this video I talk with Gregg, as well as NCAA wrestling champion Gregor Gillespie, who will be making his MMA debut in May in the Pro-Elite promotion.

(Thiago Silva)

Swedish fight Alexander Gustafsson has been tearing up the UFC LHW division recently, and he is often mentioned as a contender for Jon Jones's title. Gustafsson is scheduled to fight next month, and originally his opponent was supposed to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, aka Lil Nog.  However, Nogueira suffered a knee injury in training, and will be replaced by Thiago Silva.

This was first reported by the Swedish MMA site StudioMMA.com.

For Silva, this is a tough comeback fight.  If you recall, Silva was suspended after beating Brandon Vera in January, 2011, due to providing a false urine sample for the post-fight drug test.  His win was changed to a no-contest, and he sat out the rest of the year.  He was supposed to rematch Vera, but that fight was scratched when Vera got hurt, so now he'll replace Lil Nog against Gustafsson.

This is a great test for the Gustafsson, and if he looks impressive against Silva, he will definitely be in line for a title shot against Jones.  I think Gustafsson has all the tools to succeed in the UFC, and he is one of the very few fighters to tall enough to present some problems for Jones reach-wise.  The Swede is developing very well in the UFC, and it's going to be a great fight next month.

(Alexander Gustafsson)

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During the NYC press conference announcing the Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz card, on which Josh Koscheck will be fighting Johny Hendricks, the man who knocked out Josh's good friend Jon Fitch, Koscheck was asked about avenging Fitch's loss.  Before he could answer, a NY fight fan decided to let his feelings about Fitch be known...twice.  Here's the video.

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Who knew that Chael Sonnen had a soft side?  The UFC's top trash-talker dropped the tough guy act and nearly cried during his heartfelt apology to Anderson Silva.  This will stir your heartstrings.  Check out the video.

 

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I had an opportunity to interview the UFC's Dennis Bermudez the other day at Long Island MMA.  It's a great school where Dennis trains with many other MMA rising stars.  In our interview Dennis, who started is career fighting at 155 and is now in the 145 pound division, talks about the difference between those two weight classes.  He also talks about how he'd fight Jose Aldo, the Nick Diaz marijuana debacle, Chandella Powell, his upcoming fight with Pablo Garza, and other topics.

I have more videos from Long Island MMA coming up very soon, so stay tuned.

 

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(Dana White before he started acting like a spoiled brat.)

Dana White is butthurt and he wants the world to know it.  The UFC president was in talks with Showtime about the network allowing him more input into the Strikeforce production, and things were going so well that White was actually excited about the Tate vs. Rousey fight and might attend the event.  But then he got sat down by Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza, who decided that he didn't need the Baldfather's input and could run things fine by himself, thank you very much.  And suddenly, he lost all interest in the fight--like a kid taking his ball and going home.

Dana said of the situation:

“These guys are letting a D-level producer run their organization, and that’s exactly what I told Espinoza.  You want to let a D-level producer run your organization? Go for it brother. Knock yourself out. I’ve got shit to do. I’ve got another job.”

Which means that Dana White is done with Strikeforce. Because Showtime is done with him.

 

 

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Georges "Rush" St-Pierre is eager to get back into action inside the Octagon against UFC interim champ Carlos Condit.  But before he can return to reclaim his undisputed title, his knee will have to be at 100 percent.  GSP hurt his knee back in October, which put another monkey wrench into an already convoluted title story line.  At first GSP was supposed to face Nick Diaz, but then Diaz failed to show up at a press conference, which prompted the UFC to scratch Nick from the fight.  Carlos Condit, who was supposed to fight BJ Penn on the same card, was moved into the title shot instead.  But then GSP hurt his knee, which left Condit without a fight.  Eventually, Diaz fought Condit to determine the interim champion, with Condit winning by decision.   Condit now awaits the return of GSP to unify the titles.

By his own account GSP's rehab is coming along ahead of schedule.  He used the same doctor who performed a similar operation on the NFL's Tom Brady, and said that he feels he'll be back to training this summer.  I assume that GSP is keeping at shape at home using his own RUSHFIT Ultimate Home Fitness MMA exercise program.

GSP is a very determined athlete, and I am sure he'll try to beat the predictions on when he can return to fighting.  However, he needs to take care not to re-injure the knee by pushing too hard too quickly.  Another injury could sideline him long enough so that rust would be a factor in the fight, and it would totally muddle the UFC welterweight picture.

Still, it's great news to hear that Rush is fit and getting back to fighting form ahead of schedule.  He is one of the big draws in the UFC, and one of it's all time great fighters.  We wish him well on his continued recovery.

 

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If you are trying to lose weight, this video could help because you may not feel hungry for a long time after watching it.  An MMA fighter comes down wrong--and I mean wrong--on his leg and suffers a horrific knee dislocation.  He's going to need someone who went to one of the sports medicine schools. If you thought Ronda Rousey's arm-twisting dislocation of Meisha Tate's elbow was brutal, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Video after the jump.

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This Friday, March 9th, on Long Island, there is a kids' charity event taking place that will feature many cops and firemen duking it out for a great cause.  There is a full card of kickboxing and boxing action scheduled, and I am honored to be doing the ring announcing.  Attending the event will be some very special VIPs, including former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra.

Click the link for ticket info and check out the website: JackFightsforKids.eventbrite.com.

Here are the details.  Let's all support this very worthy cause, and show up in big numbers for this exciting and important event.

Join A Cause for Kids (J.A.C.K.). presents Friday Night Fights for the Kids

An evening of amateur fighting for charity


Location: Plattdeutsch Park Restaurant 1132 Hempstead Tpke Franklin Square, NY 11010

General Admission Tickets Cost $40.00 plus processing fees and includes:

  • An evening of ametuer fighting with general admission doors opening at 7:30pm.
  • Raffles, auctions and other activities will take place during the evening.
  • Drinks will be available for purchase.

VIP Tickets Cost $150 plus processing fees and includes:

  • Access to the private VIP Cocktail Hour and Hors d'œuvre starting at 6:30pm.
  • VIP seating for Friday Night Fights for the Kids including Dinner and Drinks
  • Meet and Greet with Pro Fighting Celebrities
  • Participation in Exclusive VIP Prize Raffles and Auctions

 

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