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  • Saturday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Saturday



    5:00 a.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 387 - Highlights from MMA in the first half of the year.

    5:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Lawler On the Brink - Robbie Lawler's exclusive first person account of his UFC 181 title tilt against Johny Hendricks; UFC elite On Point about the rigors of training camp; Conor McGregor unlocks his Warrior Code.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Hendricks vs. Lawler - An enhanced replay of the one of the most memorable fights in UFC history, featuring never-before-seen footage from state-of-the-art cameras, and exclusive new sound. Watch it again, like you've never seen it before.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Machida vs. Romero - Levan Makashvili vs. Hacran Dias; Steve Bosse vs. Thiago Santos; Eddie Gordon vs. Antonio Carlos Junior; Lorenz Larkin vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio; Yoel Romero vs. Lyoto Machida. From Hollywood, Fla.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate - Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 167: MacDonald vs. Lawler - Two years before they were scheduled to clash for the welterweight championship, Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler met in a Las Vegas showdown.

    3:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Aldo vs. Mendes 2

    4:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 167: MacDonald vs. Lawler - Two years before they were scheduled to clash for the welterweight championship, Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler met in a Las Vegas showdown.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Best of WEC
    Bantamweight Bonuses

    5:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 167: MacDonald vs. Lawler - Two years before they were scheduled to clash for the welterweight championship, Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler met in a Las Vegas showdown.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 167: MacDonald vs. Lawler - Two years before they were scheduled to clash for the welterweight championship, Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler met in a Las Vegas showdown.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Aldo vs. Mendes 2

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Presents
    The Notorious: Conor McGregor - In April of 2013, a future superstar made his UFC debut, as Irish prospect Conor McGregor got his buzzed-about shot in the big show. Follow the featherweight's rapid rise in the first six months of his UFC career.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: McGregor vs. Siver - Gleison Tibau vs. Norman Parke; Ron Stallings vs. Uriah Hall; Benson Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone; Dennis Siver vs. Conor McGregor. From Boston.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Lawler On the Brink - Robbie Lawler's exclusive first person account of his UFC 181 title tilt against Johny Hendricks; UFC elite On Point about the rigors of training camp; Conor McGregor unlocks his Warrior Code.

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  • UFC 189 ‘Embedded’ Episode 2 By: Sherdog.com Staff



    On Episode 2 of “Embedded,” tensions rise as UFC 189 main event opponents Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes trade barbs and insults during a media conference call. McGregor continues to fulfill promotional obligations, while Mendes prepares for the fight with Team Alpha Male leader Urijah Faber

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  • UFC 189 ‘Embedded’ Episode 1 By: Sherdog.com Staff



    Some of the UFC’s biggest stars -- including Conor McGregor, Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald -- head to New York for the unveiling of the Reebok Fight Kit on Episode 1 of UFC “Embedded.” Later, Jose Aldo pulls out of the UFC 189 main event against McGregor, and Chad Mendes is announced as his replacement.

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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Friday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 167: MacDonald vs. Lawler - Two years before they were scheduled to clash for the welterweight championship, Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler met in a Las Vegas showdown.

    3:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Flashback
    Aldo vs. Mendes 2

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Boxing
    Golden Boy Promotions: Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs. Paul Parker

    8:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Aldo vs. Mendes 2

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 21 Episode 9: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians: No Guts, No Glory - The pressure is on both teams to choose their fighters wisely for their first 100-point fight. Both teams dig deep in their rosters for fighters they feel can rise to the occasion.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 21 Episode 10: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians: Do or Die - It's do or die for Dan and the American Top Team as they find themselves at a critical turning point in the competition; with the end in sight, Glenn and the Blackzilians make their plan to crush their competition, once and for all.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 21 Episode 11: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians: Pushing the Limits - The Blackzilians assess their situation, regroup, and prepare for the next battle, while American Top Team choose a strong but unlikely fighter in hopes of bringing home the win.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Rare and Unusual Knockouts - Flying knees, spinning kicks and backfists are just a few of the methods used to end fights in this episode of UFC Ultimate Knockouts. Featuring Carlos Condit, Travis Browne, Dennis Siver, Renan Barao and more.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Rising Stars - See the wild finishes that put up-and-coming fighters on the fast-track to becoming big stars. With Conor McGregor, Cat Zingano, Myles Jury, and more.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Machida vs. Romero - Levan Makashvili vs. Hacran Dias; Steve Bosse vs. Thiago Santos; Eddie Gordon vs. Antonio Carlos Junior; Lorenz Larkin vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio; Yoel Romero vs. Lyoto Machida. From Hollywood, Fla.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: AXS TV Fights
    Resurrection Fighting Alliance 27 - Joe Murphy faces Jessie Brock; Czar Sklavos fights Nick Burgos; Jan Jorgensen meets Dale Sopi; live from Boise, Idaho.

    10:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 167: MacDonald vs. Lawler - Two years before they were scheduled to clash for the welterweight championship, Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler met in a Las Vegas showdown.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Aldo vs. Mendes 2

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  • Top Rank Follows Golden Boy’s Lead, Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against Al Haymon By: Mike Sloan

    Las Vegas-based boxing promoter Top Rank has filed a lawsuit against Al Haymon and Haymon’s subsidiaries, claiming that boxing’s rapidly growing mogul has violated the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, the Sherman Antitrust Act and an assortment of other federal and state laws. Top Rank is seeking damages in the sum of $100 million.

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  • Boxing: PBC’s ESPN Broadcast Team Finalized By: Mike Sloan

    The partnership between Premier Boxing Champions and ESPN has finalized its broadcast team for the upcoming PBC on ESPN boxing series, set to begin later this month.

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  • This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Fabricio Werdum Turns 38 By: Brian Knapp

    Fabricio Werdum stands alone atop the heavyweight division. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    Some fighters get better with age. Case in point: Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder Fabricio Werdum, who will celebrate his 38th birthday on July 30.

    Werdum completed his climb to becoming MMA’s premier heavyweight at UFC 188, where he bludgeoned Cain Velasquez with strikes and then submitted the American Kickboxing Academy ace with a third-round guillotine choke in Mexico City. A two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist, “Vai Cavalo” has paired his otherworldly grappling skills with ever-improving standup under the watchful eye of Kings MMA frontman Rafael Cordeiro.

    Already an all-time great, Werdum now boasts submission victories over three of the sport’s most accomplished heavyweights: Velasquez, Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The 6-foot-4 Brazilian has rattled off six consecutive victories since returning to the UFC in February 2012, having beaten Velasquez, Nogueira, Mark Hunt, Travis Browne, Mike Russow and Roy Nelson.

    Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the month of July:

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  • Live Combat Sports Schedule By: Ian Robinson




    Sherdog.com’s own Ian Robinson compiles his weekly live combat sports schedule, which includes everything from MMA, grappling, boxing and kickboxing. As always, Sherdog.com founder Jeff Sherwood still does a daily television-only schedule on the Cheap Seats Blog.

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Thursday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 21 Episode 11: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians: Pushing the Limits

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Team AKA - Fights from some of the biggest stars who train at San Jose's American Kickboxing Academy. Featuring Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, Josh Thomson and Luke Rockhold.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    Lawler vs. Brown - Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown battle it out with a title shot on the line.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 21 Episode 11: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians: Pushing the Limits

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 21 Episode 10: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians: Do or Die - It's do or die for Dan and the American Top Team as they find themselves at a critical turning point in the competition; with the end in sight, Glenn and the Blackzilians make their plan to crush their competition, once and for all.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 21 Episode 11: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians: Pushing the Limits

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Machida vs. Romero - Levan Makashvili vs. Hacran Dias; Steve Bosse vs. Thiago Santos; Eddie Gordon vs. Antonio Carlos Junior; Lorenz Larkin vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio; Yoel Romero vs. Lyoto Machida. From Hollywood, Fla.

    3:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate - Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 21 Episode 9: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians: No Guts, No Glory - The pressure is on both teams to choose their fighters wisely for their first 100-point fight. Both teams dig deep in their rosters for fighters they feel can rise to the occasion.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 21 Episode 10: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians: Do or Die - It's do or die for Dan and the American Top Team as they find themselves at a critical turning point in the competition; with the end in sight, Glenn and the Blackzilians make their plan to crush their competition, once and for all.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 21 Episode 11: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians: Pushing the Limits

    9:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Lawler On the Brink

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 167: MacDonald vs. Lawler - Two years before they were scheduled to clash for the welterweight championship, Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler met in a Las Vegas showdown.

    10:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Flashback
    Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes 2

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

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  • 'Showdown' Joe Ferraro Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    This week in “Press Row,” Jordan Breen and ”Showdown” Joe Ferraro celebrate Canada Day by taking stock of MMA north of the border, including the UFC's future in Toronto and Calgary and whether Rory MacDonald will earn welterweight gold at UFC 189.

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