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

State government gives 13m in support for Greek community organisations

first_imgMore than 60 Greek projects will be funded through this year’s Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund and Multicultural Festivals and Events program, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott and Member for Northern Metropolitan Jenny Mikakos announced on Friday.The initiatives aim to ensure all of Victoria’s culturally diverse communities have access to safe, functional facilities to better use services, participate in social activities and share their vibrant culture with the wider Victorian community. As part of these programs, an array of Greek community organisations are to receive more than $1.3 million to upgrade community facilities, purchase new equipment and hold cultural events.Some of the Greek community organisations to be funded this year include the Pontiaki Estia social club which will receive $250,000 to fix the façade of the club and restore structural issues so they can continue to hold dance lessons and other social activities; Fronditha Care to get $250,000 to develop the Greek Community Centre in Mulgrave; the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Parish of Coburg and Pascoe Vale to receive $250,000 for a building extension; the Greek Orthodox Community of Dandenong and Districts to renovate their halls with $150,000; the Thessaloniki Association which will receive almost $5,000 for a kitchen upgrade; the Olympian Society to get almost $3,000 to upgrade their kitchen appliances.“Victoria’s Greek community have made immeasurable contributions to the social and economic life of our state,” said Victoria’s Minister for Early Childhood Education (and Member for Northern Metropolitan) Jenny Mikakos.“This additional funding will help to enshrine our Greek identity and history and enable both our young and older community members to celebrate their heritage through modern facilities and a range of festivals and activities.”Funding to promote language learning at kinderMinister Mikakos also visited Oakleigh Grammar Early Learning Centre this week, alongside Labour MP Steve Dimopoulos, where they had the opportunity to present Labor’s $17.9 million Early Childhood Language Program, which will allow 150 kindergartens across Victoria to offer weekly sessions in one of 15 languages, and a further 10 to run a bilingual program.“We know that learning another language has great rewards – it’s fun, it improves brain function and actually helps kids learn English better,” said Minister Mikakos.“This Australian-first initiative is going to put little Victorians at the front of the pack and ready for school,” she continued stressing the benefits of more than 5,000 little Victorians learning a new language while at kinder, making the most of these early learning years.“From ‘yiasas’ to ‘ni hao’ – we’re giving our children the chance to be immersed in the wonderful languages of the world and it’s terrific to see that Oakleigh kids will be among the first to benefit from this amazing program,” added Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos.Oakleigh Grammar’s Childhood Language Program will receive government funding to run a fully bilingual Greek kindergarten program from 2019, as will Alphington Grammar Preschool and Clever Kids Childcare in Ashburton.The weekly sessions will cover a range of languages apart from Greek, including Mandarin, Arabic, Punjabi, Italian, Japanese, French, Hebrew and Spanish.Among the 160 kindergartens – a third of which are located in regional Victoria- 29 kindergartens will offer Aboriginal languages and 27 will teach Auslan. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more