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





    Friday



    3:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Boxing
    Iron Mike Productions: Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Barthelemy Mendez takes on Barthelemy in a rematch for the IBF junior lightweight title. From Miami.

    4:00 a.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing 2012
    Erislandy Lara vs. Ronald Hearns From April 20, 2012 in Biloxi, Miss.

    5:00 a.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing 2014
    Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo From March 8, 2014 in Las Vegas.

    5:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida: Prelims
    Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres; Kenny Robertson vs. Ildemar Alcantara; Bruno Santos vs. Chris Camozzi; George Roop vs. Rob Font. From Las Vegas.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 168: Heated rivals Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate rematch in one of the most exciting fights in the women's bantamweight division.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    4:00 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing 2014
    Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo From March 8, 2014 in Las Vegas.

    6:00 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara Weigh-In


    6:30 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing2014
    Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo From March 8, 2014 in Las Vegas.

    7:30 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing 2014
    Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo From March 8, 2014 in Las Vegas.

    8:30 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network: All Access
    Canelo vs. Lara, Episode 2 Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Erislandy Lara prepare to fight in Las Vegas on July 12, 2014.

    9:00 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing 2013
    Abner Mares vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon From May 4, 2013.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Boxing Iron Mike Productions
    Mendez vs. Barthelemy II From Miami.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 346 Coverage on UFC 175, the TUF 19 Finale, WSOF 11 and Lion Fight 16.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: The Voice Versus Dan Gable
    Dan Gables discusses his 1972 gold medal and coaching the Iowa Hawkeyes through nine consecutive championships.

    10:00 p.m. ET CBs Sports Network: Boxing 2013
    Erislandy Lara vs. Alfredo Angulo Interim WBA World light middleweight title. From June 8, 2013 in Carson, Calif.

    11:00 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing 2014
    Danny Garcia vs. Mauricio Herrera Garcia takes on Herrera for the WBC/WBA junior welterweight title. From March 15, 2014 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Countdown to Canelo-Lara
    Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara prepare for their fight.

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





    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale
    Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn 3 From Las Vegas.

    8:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Boxing Golden Boy Live!
    Alfonso Gomez vs. Ed Paredes, junior middleweight bout. From Las Vegas.

    9:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Countdown to Canelo-Lara
    Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara prepare for their fight.

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  • Radio Poll: Is Canceling UFC 176 The Right Decision? By: TJ De Santis



    Follow the jump for reader comments.

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





    Wednesday



    4:00 a.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing 2013: Erislandy Lara vs. Alfredo Angulo
    Interim WBA World light middleweight title. From June 8, 2013 in Carson, Calif.

    5:00 a.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing 2012: Erislandy Lara vs. Ronald Hearns
    From April 20, 2012 in Biloxi, Miss.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Fastest Knockouts Fastest finishes in MMA history.

    8:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Fastest Knockouts Fastest finishes in MMA history.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC 1 on 1
    The career resurgence of Urijah Faber.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale
    Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn 3 From Las Vegas.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    1:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 168: Heated rivals Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate rematch in one of the most exciting fights in the women's bantamweight division.

    2:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Junior dos Santos defends his title for the first time against Frank Mir; Joe Lauzon and Jamie Varner; Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard, and Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox sports 1: Countdown to Canelo-Angulo
    Boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez is back to face Knockout artist Alfredo El Perro Angulo; exclusive analysis and commentary leading up to the big fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    7:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    9:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Boxing
    Golden Boy Live!: Alfonso Gomez vs. Ed Paredes Alfonso Gomez vs. Ed Paredes, junior middleweight bout. From Las Vegas.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

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  • Radio Poll: Is Ronda Rousey UFC's Biggest Star? By: TJ De Santis



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





    Tuesday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 137: Nick Diaz returns to the UFC to face former Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn; Roy Nelson vs. Mirko Cro Cop.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida: Prelims
    Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres; Kenny Robertson vs. Ildemar Alcantara; Bruno Santos vs. Chris Camozzi; George Roop vs. Rob Font. From Las Vegas.

    12:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 137: Nick Diaz returns to the UFC to face former Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn; Roy Nelson vs. Mirko Cro Cop.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale
    Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn 3 From Las Vegas.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale
    Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn 3 – Prelims from Las Vegas.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale
    Frankie Edgar vs. B.J.Penn 3 From Las Vegas.

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Seek and Destroy King of the Cage returns to The Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort in Worley, Idaho. The main event features the Welterweight match between CJ Marsh and Jacob Harkness. From May 22, 2014.

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  • This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Brock Lesnar Turns 37 By: Brian Knapp

    Brock Lesnar turns 37 this week. | Photo: Sherdog.com



    Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder Brock Lesnar will celebrate his 37th birthday on July 12.

    Lesnar retired from mixed martial arts following his UFC 141 defeat to onetime Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem in December 2011, returning to World Wrestling Entertainment in a part-time capacity. Whispers of a possible return to the UFC surface intermittently, but he has thus far resisted the temptation.

    A four-time NCAA All-American wrestler, Lesnar won a Division I national championship at the University of Minnesota in 2000. He captured the UFC heavyweight crown in just his fourth professional appearance, stopping hall of famer Randy Couture with second-round punches in November 2008. He went on to defend the title on two occasions, besting Frank Mir in their UFC 100 rematch and toppling Shane Carwin in come-from-behind fashion at UFC 116. Health woes slowed Lesnar’s rise significantly, as he endured multiple run-ins with diverticulitis, including surgery to remove roughly a foot of his colon.

    Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the week covering July 6-July 12:

    JULY 6

    Tom Erikson (50)
    Masaaki Sugawara (35)

    JULY 7

    Jason Brilz (39)
    Pat Barry (35)
    Eliot Marshall (34)
    Stav Economou (28)
    Patricio Freire (27)

    JULY 9

    Renato Sobral (39)
    Tim Credeur (37)
    Gerald Turek (35)
    Alan Patrick Silva Alves (31)

    JULY 10

    Johnnie Morton (43)
    Pete Williams (39)
    Gleison Tibau (31)
    Lester Caslow (30)
    Brock Jardine (29)

    JULY 11

    Josh Clopton (33)

    JULY 12

    Keiichiro Yamamiya (42)
    Brock Lesnar (37)
    Carlos Eduardo Rocha (33)
    Mitch Whitesel (33)

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





    Sunday



    1:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Preliminary Fights
    Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres; Kenny Robertson vs. Ildemar Alcantara; Bruno Santos vs. Chris Camozzi; George Roop vs. Rob Font. From Las Vegas.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 12: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Big Show Last two semifinal battles for spots in the finals.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    2:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Presents
    Mana: B.J. Penn's fascinating journey.

    3:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    Special Sunday Edition Live from Las Vegas.

    4:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Submissions


    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Prefight Show
    The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale: Edgar vs. Penn 3 Ultimate Fighter finale preview.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale: Edgar vs. Penn 3 - Prelims
    Prelims - Jesse Ronson vs. Kevin Lee, Jumabieke Tuerxun vs. Leandro Issa, Adriano Martins vs Juan Manuel Puig Carreon, Patrick Walsh vs. Dan Spohn from Las Vegas.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale: Edgar vs. Penn 3
    Justin Scoggins vs. Dustin Ortiz, Derrick Lewis vs. Guto Inocente, Dhiego Lima vs. Eddie Gordon, Corey Anderson vs. Matt Van Buren, Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn From Las Vegas.

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  • Top 5 Forum Threads of the Week By: Jeff Sherwood

    The UFC and Fox dropped the ax on Chael Sonnen. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Fox Sports terminated their respective broadcasting services agreements with former title contender and analyst Chael Sonnen.

    The organizations announced the move in a joint statement on June 30, roughly 48 hours after reports surfaced that Sonnen had failed a second random drug test in the span of two months. Sonnen allegedly failed a second drug test administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Among the banned substances were reported to be human growth hormone, recombinant human erythropoietin and human chorionic gonadotropin.

    “This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June,” the statement read. “Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.”

    Sonnen announced his retirement from MMA on June 11, one day after it was revealed he tested positive for two illegal substances: Anastrozole, which is typically used to treat and prevent early stages of breast cancer, and Clomiphene, which is primarily used for cases involving female infertility.

    The polarizing Sonnen remains a hot topic on the Sherdog.net forums:

    HIGH PRICE

    AX FALLS

    MIKE CHECK

    DIMINISHING RETURNS

    REELING IN ROUSEY

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





    Saturday



    7:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

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

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents
    The All American Chris Weidman - Chris Weidman's rise from obscurity.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 9: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Get That Money Field trip to Harley-Davidson Boot Camp; final preliminary bout; semifinal matchups announced.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 10: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: One Fight Away Middleweight semifinal matchup.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 11: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Zombie Semifinal slugfest.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 12: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Big Show Last two semifinal battles for spots in the finals.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida- Chris Weidman and Alexis Davis prepare for title bouts.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 12: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Big Show Last two semifinal battles for spots in the finals.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale: Edgar vs. Penn 3 Weigh-in from Las Vegas.

    4:00 p.m. ET NBC: World Series Of Fighting 11
    Justin Gaethje vs. Nick Newell, Jon Fitch vs. Dennis Hallman, Melvin Guillard vs. Gesias Cavalcante, Cody Bollinger vs. Pablo Alfonso

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1
    Ronda Rousey discusses being a pioneer in her sport.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Prefight Show
    UFC 175: Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida Prefight analysis.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Countdown
    UFC 175 Countdown

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida: Prelims
    Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres; Kenny Robertson vs. Ildemar Alcantara; Bruno Santos vs. Chris Camozzi; George Roop vs. Rob Font. From Las Vegas.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: Weidman vs. Machida: Prelims
    Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres; Kenny Robertson vs. Ildemar Alcantara; Bruno Santos vs. Chris Camozzi; George Roop vs. Rob Font. From Las Vegas.

    10:00 p.m. ET PPV: UFC 175 Weidman vs. Machida
    Live from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida features a middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and challenger Lyoto Machida.

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