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

UNIONDALE, 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.

Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum. Screengrab from UFC.com
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.

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.”

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/257487/backyard-fights-ufc-coming-long-island-1st-time

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