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  • John Pollock Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen





    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by The Fight Network's John Pollock.

    Last Friday's Bellator 122 card marked the first event under new Bellator boss Scott Coker. With Coker now in control of the company, Breen and Pollock discuss the significance of Bellator's next event on Sept. 5, competing head-to-head with the UFC's “Mousasi vs. Jacare” Fight Night card in Connecticut and on cable television. The two break down why Bellator 123 has such boom-bust potential, which promotion will win the ratings war and how the cancelation of UFC 176 may prove critical for the UFC's card in Connecticut.

    Breen and Pollock also discuss Spike's decision to not renew pro-wrestling outfit TNA's “Impact” program, what it means for Bellator and whether or not Bobby Lashley is “over” with the pro-wrestling crowd and reminisce on their favorite instances of head-to-head MMA cards, including the UFC's famous counter-programming of Affliction's pay-per-view debut and the fateful night in November 2011 that gave us both Dan Henderson-Mauricio Rua and Michael Chandler-Eddie Alvarez.

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

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





    Wednesday



    3:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Behind-the-scenes of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Middleweight Title Timeline Three pivotal fights that changed the face of the middleweight division.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    International Fight Week T.J. Dillashaw unlocks on the Warrior Code that made him a UFC Champion.

    6:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    8:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson Enhanced replay of a memorable title fight.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Lawler vs. Brown - Prelims
    Brian Ortega vs. Mike de la Torre; Tim Means vs. Hernani Perpetuo; Patrick Cummins vs. Kyle Kingsbury; Jorge Masvidal vs. Daron Cruickshank. From San Jose. Calif.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    12:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC Rio: Jose Aldo defends his Featherweight title against undefeated Chad Mendes.

    3:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 7: Weather the Storm Cruz gives Chris Tickle an earful following his loss; the coaches get into a heated exchange; Andy Ogle has an emotional breakdown during practice; Vinc Pichel and John Cofer face off in the sixth preliminary fight.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    International Fight Week T.J. Dillashaw unlocks on the Warrior Code that made him a UFC Champion.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Middleweight Title Timeline Three pivotal fights that changed the face of the middleweight division.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Lawler vs. Brown
    Bobby Green vs. Josh Thomson; Dennis Bermudez vs. Clay Guida; Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Anthony Johnson; Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown. From San Jose, Calif.

    9:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    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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  • Audio: World Series of Fighting 12 Conference Call By: Mike Fridley



    World Series of Fighting held a media conference call Tuesday to promote Aug. 9's WSOF 12 card. Attending the call were WSOF President Ray Sefo, Luis Palomino, Lewis Gonzalez, Ronny Markes, Cully Butterfield, Elvis Mutapcic and Kelvin Tiller.

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





    Tuesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Behind-the-scenes of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC Rio: Jose Aldo defends his Featherweight title against undefeated Chad Mendes.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    International Fight Week T.J. Dillashaw unlocks on the Warrior Code that made him a UFC Champion.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Lawler vs. Brown - Prelims
    Brian Ortega vs. Mike de la Torre; Tim Means vs. Hernani Perpetuo; Patrick Cummins vs. Kyle Kingsbury; Jorge Masvidal vs. Daron Cruickshank. From San Jose. Calif.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Lawler vs. Brown
    Bobby Green vs. Josh Thomson; Dennis Bermudez vs. Clay Guida; Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Anthony Johnson; Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown. From San Jose, Calif.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage Alliance
    KOTC championship mixed martial arts competition from the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Featuring Danielle Taylor vs. Jillian Lybarger in the main event. From May 26, 2014.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Lawler vs. Brown
    Bobby Green vs. Josh Thomson; Dennis Bermudez vs. Clay Guida; Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Anthony Johnson; Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown. From San Jose, Calif.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage Alliance
    KOTC championship mixed martial arts competition from the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Featuring Danielle Taylor vs. Jillian Lybarger in the main event. From May 26, 2014.

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage Future Legends 23, Part 2
    KOTC championship mixed martial arts competition from Albuquerque, N.M. Featuring Brent James vs. Victor Orquiz in the main event. From May 24, 2014.

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  • Podcast: Karo Parisyan, Art Davie By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio Network on Monday for another edition of "Beatdown." Joining them in studio was one of the masterminds of UFC 1, Art Davie, as well as Bellator welterweight Karo Parisyan.

    Without Davie, the UFC may have never come to reality. Davie joins De Santis and Sherwood to discuss his role in the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, ideas that never came to fruition, and his thoughts on the spectacle that has turned in to modern sport. Davie also discusses his new book "Is This Legal?"

    On Friday night in Temecula, Calif., Parisyan pushed his Bellator record to 2-0. The onetime UFC welterweight contender stopped Phil Baroni in the first round by TKO. "The Heat" joined "Beatdown" to discuss his latest victory, where his career is going from here, and his thoughts on the new management team at Bellator.

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  • Boxing Audio: Oscar de la Hoya, Shawn Porter & Kell Brook Conference Call By: Mike Fridley

    Shawn Porter and Kell Brook held an international media call Monday to promote their 12-round Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime Boxing match on Aug. 16.

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  • Podcast: UFC on Fox 12 Roundtable By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Two of the sport's most spectacularly violent fighters headline the UFC's latest offering on network television, and the Sherdog Radio Network convened another "Roundtable" to map out what the scene will look like after Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown finish battling in San Jose.

    Host Jack Encarnacao welcomes an all-Sherdog panel of Jordan Breen, Todd Martin and C.J. Tuttle for a complete breakdown of the deep UFC card, including several bouts of dissension on who will win in the prelims - which feature a number of promising UFC debuts - and differences of opinion of who will emerge a contender when Dennis Bermudez faces Clay Guida at featherweight.

    You won't find a better wall-to-wall audio breakdown of the latest UFC offering. So set the table with the SRN, by downloading the Roundtable here, powered by FurysFightPicks.com

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





    Thursday



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

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fighter's Cut
    Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez stage epic slugfest.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Europe Rising

    11:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown

    12:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 143: Nick Diaz takes on Carlos Condit for the Interim title.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1 Urijah Faber
    The career resurgence of Urijah Farer.

    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 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 2: Embrace the War - Sixteen promising mixed martial artists move into The Ultimate Fighter house and join teams; one fighter receives bad news from home; two warriors face off.

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

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 3: Old School vs. New School - Teams react after Cruz picks two top fighters to face off early; Cruz trains number one pick Justin Lawrence as Faber prepares Brazilian jiu-jitsu veteran Cristiano Marcello for their clash.

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


    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 4: All the Pressure - An injury in practice puts one fighter's future in doubt; Faber brings in a life coach to help the fighters be more positive; Al Iaquinta takes on Myles Jury of Team Cruz in the third preliminary fight.

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

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  • C.J. Tuttle Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen





    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Sherdog.com Associate Editor C.J. Tuttle.

    Breen and Tuttle take stock of the UFC's needle movers in the sub-lightweight categories following considerable mainstream media attention for Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor's latest violent exploit in the Octagon. The pair touch on why ideas about Rousey abandoning MMA for the silver screen are misguided, why MMA is more akin to pro-wrestling when it comes to crossing over into Hollywood and the most interesting parts of public reaction to the Olympic bronze medalist and Irish upstart.

    The Sherdog editors also discuss McGregor's recently announced UFC 178 bout with Dustin Poirier, featherweight champion Jose Aldo's neck injury, how it changes his rematch with Chad Mendes, why it could end up being a blessing in disguise for the Team Alpha Male product. Also on the slate: a less-than-flattering appraisal of 2008 Beijing Games freestyle wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo's MMA career to date amidst rumors of negotiating with the UFC.

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

    Follow the jump for reader comments and download link.

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





    Wednesday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 143: Nick Diaz takes on Carlos Condit for the Interim title.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Europe Rising

    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 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

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

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of WEC
    Renan Barao vs. Anthony Leone Classic bantamweight and featherweight fights.

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


    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson Enhanced replay of a memorable title fight.

    10:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez 1 Enhanced fight replay.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Fastest Knockouts Fastest finishes in MMA history.

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

    11:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown

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