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'Ultimate Fighter' contestant Roger Zapata's ultimate sacrifice - Newsday

Zapata, who grew up in the Bronx and Carmel, left home in Albany the day after that moment to fly to Las Vegas, his dream in front of him. If Zapata were to win his qualifying fight to be a contestant on the full season of "TUF," he'd be away from Milania for six weeks. No phones, no Skype, no FaceTime, no Instagram, no Twitter, no Facebook. No chance to follow every development in his baby girl's first six weeks of life. That in itself is a test of the man's will.

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Cannes: 'Kickboxer' Signs WWE's Dave Bautista, UFC's Georges St. Pierre (Exclusive)

Kickboxer tells the story of David and Kurt Sloan, the descendants of a well-known Venice, Calif., fighting dynasty. When David wins the Karate World Championship, a promoter lures him to Hong Kong, despite his brother's protestations that the man is a crook. When Kurt travels to Thailand to meet his brother, he discovers he has died and seeks his revenge.

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The Crooklyn Daily, by Crooklyn: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Dethrone Royalty Brand - Official Store

Each of us is born with the potential to rule our environment. The Dethrone Family includes top fighters, athletes and everyday kings. One family, following two rules: Defeat thy rivals and Demand their respect!

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Framatic - Magic Photo Collage + Photo Frame + Picture Border + Pic Stitch for Instagram FREE

This app is super fun and has some really great effects, especially if you get the PRO. This app helps me make my photos look cooler, and works great for Instagram! You can also share to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, so I enjoy that feature. Not only does this app supply you with many different filters to apply to your pictures, you can also give your pics borders. Out of five stars total, I would give this app ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I really really love this app. It is helpful, fun, and convenient because it doesn't take up much storage space!

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I Wish I Lived With This Man...He's Hilarious

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Whoopie is a LIAR,,,People on welfare,,not all but MOST,, don’t care to work, don’t care to have a job and don’t care if others have to work MORE to take care of THEM. And this is Generational,,look at the 9th Ward in New Orleans, Chicago, LA, Philly, etc. This whole interview, except for what Dr. Carson said, was a FARCE!!! More “The View” phoniness, and sickening lies. This show should have been taken off the air years ago but the Liberals Love Fest for these Haters have kept it on,,if it was a Conservative show, and had Twice as many viewers,,,it would already be GONE. Disgusting!!!

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​Santa Cruz becomes first California county to ban fracking

Santa Cruz County has become the first county in California to implement a “permanent” ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in addition to all other onshore oil and gas development.

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Bouncer talks about Gracie assault: 'This was a carefully planned and coordinated attack'

“In my entire 14-year career, I have never seen anything like this. At 1:30 a.m. a gray van pulled up, parked in the middle of the street, seven men exited the vehicle and started creating mayhem, screaming, pointing, starting to pick fights with the security guards. One man, [who] I later learned was Renzo, came in my direction, threw the velvet rope on the floor, ran straight into my chest and knocked me back onto the concrete floor onto my elbow. He was on top of me for 20 seconds, trying to punch me, but I wrapped both my arms around his neck so he couldn’t hit me, before somebody pulled him off.”

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Facts and stats headed into UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw fight card

If prop bets are your thing, you would be well served to put some money on the fact that this fight will not go to the ground via a takedown. Barao's takedown defense is a perfect 100 percent, while Dillashaw's is a near perfect 95 percent.

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Live Chat: Bellator 120 recap, UFC 173 preview and more

There's a lot going on, so join me today to discuss all of this and more. In terms of today's chat, anything is up for discussion, but I will lead with this and it all kicks off at 1 p.m. ET .

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Welcome to the UFC Entwistle, Hooker, Johnson, & Matthews

Dashon "Fly Boy" Johnson is a 26-year old undefeated prospect, fighting out of Team Xplode MMA, where he trains alongside Robbie Peralta , and Derek Anderson . Johnson has been a professional boxer since 2008, amassing a record of 15-15-3. His pro MMA career didn't get underway until 2012, but he's already put together a strong looking undefeated streak, and will enter the UFC at 9-0, with eight first round stoppages and even three submissions. I say strong looking because, quite honestly, Johnson may have the worst undefeated record I have ever seen in MMA. His opponents combined record is 13-39, and twelve of those wins are held by one fighter, who took Johnson to a split decision. He has two fights against an opponent with an 0-11 record. The reality is, that as a former pro boxer, his MMA career is being managed like a boxing career. The UFC may be a very rude wakeup call.

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Joseph Valtellini: The Kickboxer as Artist – Part two

When you talk with Joseph Valtellini, you can hear him smile through the telephone. Especially when talking about kickboxing and his upcoming welterweight title fight at Glory 17 against newly crowned champion Marc De Bonte. He is passionate about the sport and has a burning desire to be a champion. That same passion comes out when he talks about the artistic side of kickboxing. He finds the beauty within the violence of the knockout.

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UFC 173: The SHOOT! With TJ Dillashaw

T.J. Dillashaw looks to bring back the UFC Bantamweight title belt back to Team Alpha Male as he takes on current Champion Renan Barao at UFC 173 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 24th in Las Vegas. Courtesy of TheShoot!

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MMA's Gina Carano, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate on Maxim Hot 100 List

The fighter-turned-actress, who hasn’t competed since an August 2009 loss to Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, edged the UFC’s dominant 135-pound champion on this year’s Maxim Hot 100 List – the magazine’s annual list that largely ignores talent and instead focuses on the looks to rank notables, from “mind-bogglingly seductive supermodels to Hollywood’s most awe-inspiring actresses (with a bevy of beauties in between),” according to Maxim.com .

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UFC 173 pre-fight facts: Renan Barao nears historic takedown defense stat

Dillashaw will become the 12th contestant from “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show to compete for a UFC championship. He joins Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Nate Quarry, Patrick Cote, Josh Koscheck, Joe Stevenson, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Gray Maynard, Nate Diaz and John Dodson on the list. Of that group, only Griffin and Evans were successful in their bids to capture UFC gold. (Matt Serra also won a title after winning “TUF 4,” a special “comeback” season of the reality show.)

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UFC 173 Prelims: 5 Reasons to Watch

Michael Chiesa sports five first-round finishes on his resume. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com T.J. Dillashaw on Saturday will attempt to do what no fighter has done since April 14, 2005: beat Renan Barao . The Team Alpha Male representative will lock horns with the Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight king in the main event of UFC 173 , which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs live on pay-per-view. Prior to the pay-to-watch festivities, the UFC 173 undercard hits Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. Here are five reasons to tune in early and catch the prelims: MAVERICK MIKE Michael Chiesa may not be the best fighter in the UFC’s deepest division, but he has nevertheless proven himself to be one of the promotion’s most consistently exciting lightweights. “The Ultimate Fighter 15” winner has only gone the distance twice in 11 professional outings and has yet to even see a third round since joining the UFC in 2012. Chiesa debuted with a first-round finish of Al Iaquinta to win his “Ultimate Fighter” contract, a victory he followed with a second-round stoppage of Anton Kuivanen .

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Can’t wait vegas! Come see Luke Rockhold @urijahfaber and I for the launch of @honfoto new art ! #meetNgreet 12-2 fir and sat 🏀🖀🐀

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Dana White: Ken Shamrock and I have ‘squashed our beef’

"I would hope so," Ken told Submission Radio. "You know, a life time is a long time to go hating somebody or being angry at somebody. And I may have spoken out at times and been angry at times just as he has been, but you know lately all I'm doing is just trying to make sure that we don't ruin the sport, that we don't lose fighters who are coming in here, putting their bodies on the line and that are basically risking it all to be a professional fighter, and when they get to that level where they've all dreamed to get to and then they walk away with you know, not necessarily empty pockets, but empty pockets when it comes to the amount of money they're getting paid, as opposed to what they're (UFC) making off of these guys. It's not fair and it doesn't matter whether I like Dana or I don't like Dana because it's irrelevant, it's wrong."

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The Ultimate Fighter 19: Roger Zapata Film Session

Roger Zapata goes over game plan with Team Penn coaches. See if he can put the teachings in to action when he takes on Ian Stephens tonight on The Ultimate Fighter 19!

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Sportsmanship, or weirdness? Viral MMA video comes with confusion

Of course, as Pantangco noted in the “Inside MMA” video, further punishment might have seriously injured Rasner. And considering Michigan’s history with amateur MMA, it might have been the right choice. While the sport is regulated at the professional level, amateur promoters are left to to their own devices when it comes to the health and safety of athletes.

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Hector Lombard calls out Matt Brown on twitter, says 'Immortal' doesn't have an impressive fighting resume

While Brown is undoubtedly easing his way to a title shot, many expect him to face a Top 10 competitor before he finally earns the title shot. One of the suggested opponents was Lombard, who is ranked just one spot ahead of him in the rankings at No. 6. The Cuban-native appears to be interested in the match-up, or else he would not have approached Brown via twitter.

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Renzo Gracie due in NYC court Friday for alleged bouncer beatdown

Renzo Gracie and three others are due in court Friday to answer to a charge of assaulting a bouncer at a New York nightclub earlier this week.

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T.J. Dillashaw on UFC 173 title shot: There are always going to be haters

He’s one of the biggest underdogs at Saturday’s UFC 173 card, and he has 23 fewer fights than his opponent. So why did T.J. Dillshaw get a title shot against dominant champ Renan Barao ?

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UFC Embedded Ep 3: Dana White's Private Jet, Hendo's Not Private Jet, DC's Private Chamber | MMAWeekly.com

UFC Embedded Ep 3: Dana White’s Private Jet, Hendo’s Not Private Jet, DC’s Private Chamber

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UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw Crystal Ball Predictions

LAS VEGAS -- Just how good is Renan Barao? The UFC bantamweight champion has practically made a mockery of the sport. His 33-fight unbeaten streak is believed to be the third-longest in MMA history, and he's ripped through his competition in the UFC and WEC with six stoppages in nine wins. After knocking out No. 1 Urijah Faber, submitting No. 3 Michael McDonald and finishing Eddie Wineland with a gorgeous spinning back kick, he looks to continue mowing through the division against T.J. Dillashaw in the UFC 173 main event.

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UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov fight card

It's been three years since the UFC went to Vancouver, BC, and this time there will be a title fight on the line. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has finished his last two opponents and has defended his belt 3 times. Ali Bagautinov looks to make it 4-0 in the UFC and become the first man to defeat Mighty Mouse at 125 lbs in the night's main event. It's the first time Johnson has headlined a PPV, with all of his other title fights airing on Fox and the co-main event of UFC 152 against Joseph Benavidez.

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UFC 173 Notebook: Perfect Pursuits

Daniel Cormier wants a crack at UFC gold. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com Daniel Cormier can see the mountaintop. The undefeated American Kickboxing Academy export will meet Dan Henderson in the UFC 173 co-main event on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A victory over the former two-division Pride Fighting Championships titleholder would put Cormier in prime position to challenge for the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight crown currently held by Jon Jones . “I know that I put in the work,” Cormier said on “Countdown” to UFC 173. “I’m committed. I’ve got the mental [ability]. I’ve got the physical [ability]. I really do honestly ... with every fiber of my being, I believe I can be the champion. If I am to accomplish my goals of being the world champ, I’ve got to be better, so every day I come [to train] in here with a goal, and that’s to get better.” After spending his first 13 professional fights in the heavyweight division, Cormier downshifted to 205 pounds in February.

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Graduation Day: A trio of TUF winners look to shine at UFC 173

"Everybody goes through peaks and valleys when you're getting ready for a fight. At one point you're like 'I'm going to beat this guy' and then the next it's like 'I don't know if I can do it'.  I look back on The Ultimate Fighter and I was able to go through getting dropped this fight and turn around and win a fight a week later.  That's the thing I like the most, it was such a trying time for me both physically and mentally that when I think I've got it tough right now and look back and say 'nothing's worst than that'.  It's something I would do over again in a heartbeat and I'm glad I did it."

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Werdum torce por Maldonado, mas vê Miocic favorito

Na posição de próximo desafiante ao título dos pesados - enfrenta o campeão Cain Velasquez em novembro -, o brasileiro Fabricio Werdum também acumula a função de comentarista do UFC na América Latina. Treinando em Las Vegas para o próximo confronto, o 'Vai Cavalo' conversou com o UFC Brasil e opinou sobre a luta entre Fábio Maldonado e Stipe Miocic, atração principal no TUF Brasil Finale, em São Paulo, em 31 de maio. Cara de Sapato: 'Voto de confiança de Wand é sagrado e me fará campeão “É óbvio que eu espero que o Maldonado vença, mas, analisando como comentarista, acredito que o Miocic seja o vencedor”, disse o desafiante dos pesados. “O Miocic sabe que não pode lutar contra o Maldonado em pé, então vai tentar derrubá-lo e seguir pontuando por cima. No fim, ele deve vencer por decisão dos juízes. Não é o que espero que aconteça, mas é minha opinião de comentarista”, explicou. Ingressos da pesagem do TUF Brasil Final serão trocados por agasalhos Para Werdum, o fato de Miocic trabalhar no Corpo de Bombeiros dos Estados Unidos faz com que esteja sempre em forma e com excelente condicionamento físico.

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Rich Franklin Tells TEDx: Losing is Inevitable, Make Sure You Have the Tools to Deal With It | MMAWeekly.com

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin does believe that it does matter whether you win or lose, but he also believes that losing is inevitable, and it’s important to know how to deal with it.

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Jake Shields Withdraws from WSOF 11 Fight with Jon Fitch | MMAWeekly.com

Jon Fitch on Wednesday lost another opponent for his planned bout at World Series of Fighting 11 on July 5.

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Injury forces Jake Shields out at July's WSOF 11 event

Promotion officials confirmed the search is currently underway for a replacement opponent for Fitch, who will remain on the card. Fitch vs. Shields was expected to serve as the co-main event of WSOF 11, which takes place July 5 and may potentially air on NBC. For now, a location and broadcast platform for the card have yet to be announced. WSOF lightweight champ Justin Gaethje meets Nick Newell in the headliner.

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Welcome to the UFC Narvaez, dos Santos, Arreola, & Puig

Narvaez is big and strong, and he's spent some time on the regional grappling circuit, so he's not untrained outside his MMA game, but he's also fairly raw for a fighter in the UFC. He's a fairly major proponent of the chin up, arms bent, style of striking and has gotten hit hard a few times because of it. Eventually, the goal of his striking is to get in on a body lock so that he can drag his opponent to the mat. His takedown game doesn't look gorgeous, mostly predicated on size and effort, but once he's on the floor, his top control and ground and pound are strong. He looks good when advancing position, and strikes with some serious power from the top. If he stays at light heavyweight, he could get a lot more time to develop than he might at 185.

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UFC Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 2

On UFC Embedded episode #2 of 7, Daniel Cormier & Dan Henderson both spend personal time with their families before packing their bags and heading out on a media tour. The same day, UFC President Dana White flies to LA to be honored as a sports visionary.

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With Francimar Barroso out, Roger Narvaez steps in to fight Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night 42

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Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas challenges Joe Warren to random drug test

Warren, meanwhile, said he will wait to unify the bantamweight title but could pursue broadcast interests while he keeps in shape for Dantas. During this past Saturday’s Bellator 120 event, which marked the Viacom-owned promotion’s inaugural pay-per-view event, he told the Brazilian champ to “stop being a p–sy” and take the fight.

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I don’t mean to poke holes in your little story, Chuck, but how exactly did these two friends manage to turn a car battery into some sort of impromptu defibrillator? Did one of them happen to be MacGyver? And why the hell were they carrying a Duralast battery through the woods in the first place? And if the story is, by your own admission, possibly fabricated, how does that prove the toughness of Duralast batteries? If anything, it proves that the people behind this Duralast marketing campaign are nothing more than snake oil salesman praying on our common fear of the unknown to push their own personal agenda and profit from it. Thanks, but not in my America!

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"Be strong enough to let go of the past, and patient enough to wait for what u deserve." 🗀🗀#trust #patience #kickrocksfool🏀 @michaeloliveri @suzesuzeq @liverichmedia - Official Website of Arianny Celeste

“Be strong enough to let go of the past, and patient enough to wait for what u deserve.” 🗀🗀#trust #patience #kickrocksfool🏀 @michaeloliveri @suzesuzeq @liverichmedia

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Video: Ben Askren plans lengthy ONE FC title reign

“I will be a ONE FC champion,” he said. “It’s going to happen soon. I’ll get the title shot, fight, win it, and then defend it for a long time.”

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Majority Draw Radio: UFC 173 Co-Main Eventers Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson | MMAWeekly.com

“I have these moments against some of these guys that I’ve watched so long,” Cormier told Majority Draw Radio of the upcoming Henderson bout. “I was standing in the cage, Frank Mir was walking to the cage. His music playing; this is Frank Mir. I’m about to fight Frank Mir. Josh Barnett, same thing. I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m gonna feel on Saturday whenever Dan’s walking to the cage. Dan Henderson is on his way to fight me.”

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Why Francisco Rivera is a silver-lining opponent for UFC 173’s Takeya Mizugaki

“I was disappointed that I couldn’t fight Dillashaw for a couple days,” Mizugaki told MMAjunkie Radio through an interpreter. “But by the next week when I heard I was fighting Rivera, I was very highly motivated. It just took me a while to readjust.”

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Ben Askren considering retirement after One FC deal, says he is going to ‘try and do it the right way’

While Askren's record and dominance speak for themselves, he found himself released from Bellator following the conclusion of his contract. Following unsuccessful talks with the UFC, Askren signed with One FC, where he is scheduled to make his debut on Friday, May 30, against Bakhtiyar Abboasov.

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Hector Lombard 'not impressed' by fellow UFC contender Matt Brown

Lombard, a former Bellator champion, is 3-2 since moving to the UFC, but he’s 2-0 since a drop down to welterweight. Recent wins over Nate Marquardt and Jake Shields have improved his stock in the 170-pound weight class, but like Brown, he could use another high-profile victory or two.

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Download or stream MMAjunkie Radio #1729 with Varner, Rivera, Krause, Lundell, Squid

Varner, Rivera and Krause fight Saturday at UFC 173. Lundell is the head coach for Jingliang Li, who also fights at UFC 173. Squid stopped by to preview the upcoming football season.

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Fighters previously denied New Jersey fight licenses for HIV are fighting in New York amateur bouts

"There have been many contestants who have been banned from regulated combative sport in New Jersey because of subdural hematoma, hepatitis C, HIV, detached retinas, and other medical concerns who have competed freely in amateur MMA and kickboxing in New York under the direct supervision of state-approved sanctioning bodies, or at shows without such direct supervision," he says.

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53 ‘Big’ John McCarthy to Referee UFC on Fox 12, UFC 176 Main Events in California
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55 Renzo Gracie on NYC nightclub brawl: 'Everything is a misunderstanding'
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