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

Players speak out against league’s new dress code

first_imgIf NBA players are “dressed to the nines” this season, there will be a good reason for it. Commissioner David Stern has given solid backing to a league-wide dress code that is expected to be issued before the start of the season next month. Players union president Antonio Davis has said he could support some type of dress code, but he indicated he was against a total ban on wearing jeans. – If there’s one thing Cuttino Mobley remembers about playing quarterback at Philadelphia’s Cardinal Dougherty High, it’s that it didn’t hold his interest. “I got tired of playing just one game per week,” said the Clippers guard, a cousin of Denver Broncos linebacker John Mobley. “I got tired of doing the same thing, throwing to the same guy all the time.” Signed to a five-year, $42 million deal by the Clippers in August, Mobley is known for his accuracy from 3-point range. But if there’s anything that makes him bristle, it’s calling him purely a shooter. “I do everything,” said the 6-foot-4 left-hander, who made nearly 44 percent of his 342 three-point attempts last year with Orlando and Sacramento. “I came into this league as a one-on-one guy. Last year I was tops in the league in three-point percentage, so now I’m a shooter. That’s nice and all, but I’m more than that.” Los Angeles is his fourth team since the 2003-04 season began. The former University of Rhode Island star played his first six years in Houston with the Rockets, but he was part of the Steve Francis-for-Tracy McGrady trade that sent him to Orlando last summer. Then he went to the Kings in a January deadline deal. Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy raves about the 30-year-old Mobley’s ability to beat opponents off the dribble. For a team that went just 6-31 in games it trailed going into the fourth quarter a year ago, Mobley is the kind of player who can make a difference late in games while helping the young Clippers mature. “He’s the guy you want with the ball for that last shot,” Dunleavy said. “Shooting 33 percent from three is the same as 50 percent from the field. But it’s also the leadership aspect he brings. He has a nice understanding of to deal with other players, particularly the young guys. He understands how to get a point across.” – Eddy Curry’s status with the New York Knicks remained unsettled Thursday, with the team waiting for medical tests on his irregular heartbeat. Knicks president Isiah Thomas said Thursday the team does not have all the information needed to evaluate whether Curry is healthy enough. Curry, the Bulls’ top scorer last season at 16.1 points a game, missed the final 13 games of the year and the playoffs after his condition was discovered. The 6-foot-11 center was traded this week from Chicago with Antonio Davis for Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson. Isiah Thomas expected Curry to be practicing with his new teammates at the College of Charleston by now. Instead, Curry sat on the sidelines Thursday as several Knicks came by to shake his hand and welcome him. The club also was waiting for Curry’s medical records from Chicago. The deadline for the deal is 6 p.m. today. “Hopefully, this will be resolved soon,” Thomas said. “Hopefully, the doctors will work fast and we’ll see where we are.” The 22-year-old Curry, entering his fifth NBA season, had refused Chicago’s request for a DNA test to determine whether he was susceptible to cardiomyopathy, the ailment that killed former Boston Celtics guard Reggie Lewis and Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers. Thomas said the Knicks couldn’t give Curry a DNA test because of New York’s privacy and employment laws. Thomas and Knicks coach Larry Brown said Curry was in good spirits. “He’s a Chicago kid. That team had a great future. I don’t know if it’s ever easy being traded,” Brown said. “My hope is that this is a good situation for him.” Davis, the Knicks’ other new player, arrived at camp Wednesday but flew back to Chicago to deal with a family medical problem, Thomas said. Davis, who turns 37 this month, is not enthusiastic about uprooting his life, Thomas said, but he expects Davis to perform strongly. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The dress code will require players to wear business casual clothes — such as a suit or sport coat and slacks — and jeans no longer will be allowed. Players would be expected to dress this way when sitting on the bench while out of uniform and while traveling to and from NBA arenas, as well as on team flights. The code is expected to be supported by stiff fines levied by the league. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Milwaukee Bucks forward Joe Smith said Thursday he was not in favor of a strict dress code, and other NBA players have offered some strong opinions. One of those came from Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson, who told the Philadelphia Daily News: “I dress to make myself comfortable. I really do have a problem with it. It’s just not right. It’s something I’ll fight for.” Smith, entering his 11th season in the league, said he understood the idea of a dress code inside the arena. But he questioned the wisdom of having players wear suits and sport coats on every team flight or each time they drive to a home game or take a bus to a road game. “I don’t think people really care how we look coming to and from the game, as long as we’re not ridiculously dressed,” Smith said. “It’s not like we have a bunch of fans waiting for us to come out. “If we have a back-to-back, and we have to fly from here to Miami, we still have to be on the flight with our dress clothes. I’m not really fond of it right now; that’s all I can say.” last_img read more