Backyard fights: UFC coming to Long Island for 1st time

first_imgLeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This is the first chance to fight at home.“It’s Long Island, man,” Weidman said during a media availability this week, ahead of Saturday night’s UFC on Fox show originating from the Nassau Coliseum. The nationally televised card has 13 fights on it, with the four main card fights carried on Fox in the United States.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The event is the first professional mixed martial arts card that UFC has held at the onetime home of the NHL’s New York Islanders.“I love fighting and being from here. Getting to put on a show in front of my home crowd I take a lot of pride in that, so I’m excited to fill the place up,” Weidman said. “There (are) a lot of people who live (on) Long Island. To be in the main even at the first Nassau Coliseum UFC event, it’s amazing.” View comments MOST READ Uichico aware of PH’s rich cage history as he calls shots in SEAG End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Screengrab from UFC.comUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Chris Weidman and Dennis Bermudez acknowledged the obvious.This is not a traditional fight week for either man. This is different. This is exciting.ADVERTISEMENT For both Weidman and Bermudez, the card also presents opportunities to reset careers that have hit speed bumps.Weidman (13-3) headlines the card against Kelvin Gastelum (14-2) in a middleweight bout, despite coming off three straight losses, although the possibility exists that the No. 5 ranked middleweight could move up in title contention with a win. The current champion, Michael Bisping, is likely to meet interim champion Robert Whittaker in a title unification fight.Weidman, 33, wrestled collegiately at Hofstra University. He was asked this week if he wanted to avenge his Dec. 12, 2005, technical knockout loss to Luke Rockhold.“I need to win this fight” against Gastelum, he said. “Then I’ll let the people decide who they want me to fight.”In Bermudez’s case, the 30-year old has lost three of his last five fights and has dropped to 10th in the featherweight division rankings.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “My last fight didn’t go as planned,” Bermudez (17-6) said about his Feb. 4 knockout loss to Chan Sung Jung. “I want to go in there Saturday and show that wasn’t the real Dennis Bermudez, that I just had a little slip up.”To that end, Bermudez shared a bit of the philosophy he is planning on implementing against No. 12 featherweight Darren Elkins (23-5) in the semi-main event.“Hard work and no quit. That’s the way I’ve always trained,” Bermudez said. “I get in there and give it my all. In my practices I’m always trying to win. As I get older in my career I’m not only trying to win (but) I’m trying to learn as well. So I’ll go in there with a mind and technique that will work and I’ll get better at it and become a better overall fighter.”Both Bermudez and Weidman noted this fight week was unusual because neither had to leave their stomping grounds. While Weidman said his wife ordered him to stay at a local hotel, Bermudez is preparing at home.“The normal feel of a fight week is looking for something to do and where to go, or where I’m going to eat,” he said. “Having this fight in (my) own backyard gives me the ability to do the same things I’ve been doing throughout this entire fight camp. Nothing has changed. I sleep in my own bed. I drive my own car. I cook on my grill and it’s awesome.”Saturday’s event will be the fifth held in New York since the state legalized professional MMA on Mar. 22, 2016. UFC will run one more event in New York in 2017, the UFC 217 pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnlast_img read more

Close NASCAR truck race expected

first_imgFive of those winners will be in the field for tonight’s race, which kicks off the NASCAR weekend at the track. Leading the list is Ted Musgrave, who won three straight races from 2001-03; last year’s winner, Mark Martin; last week’s Daytona truck winner, Jack Sprague; Mike Bliss and Todd Bodine. Musgrave’s track record at Fontana is most impressive. In six starts, he has three wins and six Top 5 finishes. If that wasn’t enough, a record-matching seven series champions – who have combined for 10 of 11 titles and 120 victories – are also in the 43-truck field. Todd Bodine won the title in 2006; Musgrave in 2005; two-time Fontana winner Sprague (1997, 99, 01); Ontario native Mike Skinner (1995); former Palmdale resident Ron Hornaday Jr.; Bliss (2002) and Travis Kvapil. Skinner won the Nextel Cup Auto Club 500 pole in 2000, but has not finished better than fifth in four CTS starts. “I absolutely love going to California Speedway,” Skinner said. “Even though we have struggled there, I still think it is the best place in the world. “We are not going in thinking we must win, or any of the next few races for that matter. Last year we dug ourselves such a big hole in the beginning (17th at Fontana) that it took us a while to dig ourselves out of it. We are being a little more conservative than years past.” By virtue of his victory over Kvapil in the opener, Sprague leads the points for the first time since November of 2001. Martin is also part of a Nextel Cup invasion of sorts. Martin, who edged Bodine at the wire last year by 0.331 seconds, has jumped to a Ford F-150 owned by Wood Brothers/JTG Racing. Carl Edwards and Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick are also in the field and both racers will compete in all three Fontana events this weekend. A.J. Allmendinger, who has yet to qualify for a Cup race, will get some track time in a Red Bull Toyota. Harvick will make his first CTS start since the fall Richmond race in 2005, where he finished third. He’ll be racing a Chevrolet Silverado from his Kevin Harvick Inc. shop, which will also supply the Chevy for Hornaday. Chevy has not won at the track since 1999 with Sprague, the last of his two straight wins. In fact, after Martin’s Ford, the next five trucks were all Toyotas. In the season opener, four of the first five were Toyotas. Toyota drivers Sprague and Johnny Benson sneaked past Kvapil’s Ford in the last 200 yards for a 0.031 margin of victory. “That last little bit of the race, we gave it up,” Kvapil said. “If I had to redo it, obviously if I knew what was going to come I would have blocked (Sprague) harder earlier. I didn’t react fast enough, and I didn’t anticipate him having that much of a run on me.” Perhaps no driver is hungrier at Fontana than Brendan Gaughan, the Las Vegas resident who considers California Speedway one of his home tracks. In five previous NCTS starts at Fontana, Gaughan has one pole and two top 10 finishes. louis.brewster@sbsun.com (909) 386-3665 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img FONTANA – There is no real clear-cut favorite for tonight’s San Bernardino County 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at California Speedway. Indeed, as fitting the country’s largest county, the 100-lap race (6 p.m., Speed Channel) is wide open. In 10 previous CTS events at the track, there have been seven winners and half of those races have margins of victory of less than a second. last_img read more