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

2 killed, 16 hurt in sandstorm crashes

first_imgA family of 11 visiting from Fortaleza, Brazil, and on their way to Las Vegas were in a van that crashed. Nine of them were injured and taken to Antelope Valley Hospital with broken arms, legs and lacerations, a family member said. “All my family was in this van, all 11,” a sobbing Fernando Amaral Pontes, 46, said. Markan Rios, a passenger in the van, was visibly shaken as he waited next to the crumbled van for someone to take him and Pontes to the hospital. “I couldn’t see anything. It was too much and too quick,” Rios said. “I was coming in, and I saw the sand, and we slowed down, but the truck in front of us had stalled and we couldn’t stop.” Anthony Valdespino, who drives through the area daily, told KCAL Channel 9 “everybody just came to an abrupt stop. There were people that were speeding, and unfortunately I don’t know if they made it through or not.” Valdespino recalled the sound of brakes screeching all around him. “I’ve never seen dust like that,” he said. “I’ve lived out here most of my life, and I’ve never seen dust that thick like that before.” The accident happened just west of Edwards Air Force Base and at the northern edge of Los Angeles County. It was about 40 miles northeast of the site of a fiery truck pileup Friday night in a tunnel on the Interstate 5 freeway in Santa Clarita. The cause of that crash, which killed three people and injured 10, is still under investigation. Authorities said 31 vehicles, including one passenger car and dozens of big rigs, piled up in a chain-reaction crash inside the tunnel that carries truck traffic through the area toward Los Angeles. Tuesday’s crash left big rigs and passenger cars scattered and bent on the pavement and dirt center divider. The CHP closed all northbound lanes of Highway 14, causing traffic to back up for miles. It reopened about five hours later.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! L.A. COUNTY: Winds lead to wrecks that involved 15 vehicles on Highway 14. By Gillian Flaccus THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Over a dozen vehicles slammed into one another when a blinding sandstorm surprised motorists Tuesday in the high desert north of Los Angeles, killing at least two and injuring 16. Two of the injured were in critical condition after the crash that left vehicles scattered across Highway 14, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Ron Haralson said. The pileup was reported around 1:40p.m. during a sandstorm whipped by winds gusting up to 55 mph, the National Weather Service said. About 15 vehicles were involved in three separate collisions, said California Highway Patrol Officer Henry Ross. He said the cause of the crashes were under investigation but that poor visibility and high winds “didn’t help matters at all.” last_img read more