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  • Podcast: Tim Boetsch, Greg Jackson By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio Network Wednesday for another edition of “Beatdown.” Joining the program today was UFC 172 participant Tim Boetsch and mixed martial arts trainer Greg Jackson.

    A little over a year ago it was Boetsch that was knocking on the door of a UFC title shot. “The Barbarian” ripped off four straight wins after dropping down to the UFC’s middleweight division. With impressive wins over perennial contender Yushin Okami and former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard it appeared that the AMC Pankration product was next in line for then champion Anderson Silva. Instead Boetsch was scheduled to face Chris Weidman who pulled out of their UFC 155 match setting up Boetsch with what oddsmakers considered to be an over matched Costas Phillippou. After an upset loss to Phillippou, dropping a decision to Mark Munoz, and a controversial decision victor over C.B. Dollaway Boetsch now finds himself as a sizeable underdog to former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 172. Boetsch joins TJ and Jeff to discuss the ups and downs of the last year, how he plans to establish himself again as a top tier contender, and if he feels disrespected when he hears that some lines have Rockhold as a 10 to 1 favorite.

    Greg Jackson continues to be heralded as one of the best trainers in mixed martial arts. The Albuquerque based coach joins “Beatdown” Wednesday to talk about upcoming bouts for pupils Travis Browne, Clay Guida, Tim Kennedy, and others. Jackson also breaks down last weekend’s performance of women’s bantamweight standout Holly Holm.

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  • Mike Whitman 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 news editor Mike Whitman.

    With Jake Shields officially a free agent following his UFC release, Breen and Whitman discuss on Shields' surprisingly effective, accomplished runs in Shooto, Rumble on the Rock, EliteXC, Strikeforce and the UFC. The pair contemplate Shields' notoriously low-action style, his ubiquity on major MMA cards and in high-profile main events in spite of his reputation as a boring fighter and the other unique characteristics that make the standout grappler one of the most difficult-to-summarize fighters in the sport.

    Breen and Whitman also look at what fights might be in Shields' future, the likelihood of a rematch with Yushin Okami in World Series of Fighting, how Shields stacks up as an top-five all-time welterweight, whether or not he's got a better career resume than his Cesar Gracie cohort Nick Diaz and more.

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





    Wednesday



    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Rumble, Part 2 Aaron Perls vs. Dorian Dixon. From Feb. 8, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann; DaMarques Johnson vs. Gunnar Nelson; Pat Barry vs. Shane del Rosario.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents Anthony Pettis Showtime
    Anthony Pettis prepares for his championship bout.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Evans vs. Davis
    Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis; Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping; Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman. From Chicago.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs; Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 152: Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    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

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

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 13: The Final Countdown The pressure is on Aussie striker Vik Grujic; Canadian middleweight Sheldon Westcott is looking for a Canadian sweep.

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

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 13: The Final Countdown The pressure is on Aussie striker Vik Grujic; Canadian middleweight Sheldon Westcott is looking for a Canadian sweep.

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  • Podcasts: Michael Bisping, Bruce Buffer, ‘Cheap Seats’ By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Bruce Buffer and TJ De Santis returned to the Sherdog Radio Network on Tuesday for another edition of "IT'S TIME!!!"

    On this edition of the show UFC middleweight Michael Bisping joined the broadcast to break down his upcoming main event tilt with former Strikeforce standout Tim Kennedy.

    Jordan Breen was also back for another edition of "Cheap Seats." On this solo edition in "the bleeds" Breen takes listener calls, emails, and tweets. He also breaks down this weeks MMA action in the UFC, Bellator, and the current state of the UFC's Fight Pass subscription service.

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





    Tuesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 162: UFC 162 made history in July of 2013 when longtime champion and future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva first took on undefeated Chris Weidman.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    The Brazilian Top Team The best of the greatest submission team in Pride.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents Anthony Pettis Showtime
    Anthony Pettis prepares for his championship bout.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga
    Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche; Bobby Voelker vs. Robbie Lawler; Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald; John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Seattle.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 162: UFC 162 made history in July of 2013 when longtime champion and future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva first took on undefeated Chris Weidman.


    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents Anthony Pettis Showtime
    Anthony Pettis prepares for his championship bout.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 12: Sure Shot Fighters prepare for the welterweight semifinal.

    5:00 p.m. Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 12: Sure Shot Fighters prepare for the welterweight semifinal.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Rumble, Part 2 Aaron Perls vs. Dorian Dixon. From Feb. 8, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: Greatest KnockOuts
    EPISODE: 12 Urijah Faber squares off with Jiujtsu Phonom Bibiano Fernandes in a battle that ends with a vicious KO plus much more.

    10:00 p.m. ET MAvTV: King of the Cage
    Rumble, Part 1 Jon Rozema vs. David Payne. From Feb. 8, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M.

    12:00 a.m. ET MAvTV: King of the Cage
    Rumble, Part 2 Aaron Perls vs. Dorian Dixon. From Feb. 8, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M.

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  • Podcast: Pat Healy, Jack May, Bjorn Rebney By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio Network Monday for another edition of “Beatdown.” Joining them was Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and UFC fighters Jack May and Pat Healy.

    Rebney joined the program to talk about last Friday night’s Bellator card which saw champion Vitaly Minakov successfully defend his heavyweight title against UFC veteran Cheick Kongo. Rebney also takes a look at this week’s Bellator MMA card which pits Lavar Johnson against Blagoi Ivanov.

    May will make his UFC debut on April 19th in Orlando, Florida. “The Outlaw” will square off against Derrick Lewis in the preliminary bouts of the UFC on Fox 11 card. The heavyweight discusses his road to the octagon, what he knows about his opponent, and where he feels he will fit in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

    Healy had a tough 2013 going 0-2 and 1 no contest. The lightweight joined De Santis and Sherwood to discuss his 2014 campaign where he looks to re-establish himself as one of the UFC's premiere lightweights. "Bam Bam" hits the octagon on April 19th where he faces former Strikeforce title challenger Jorge Masvidal. TJ and Jeff also take listener calls, emails, and tweets this Monday. They also breakdown this weekend’s UFC Fight Night card, Pacquiao-Bradley bout, and if there is still a rivalry between the sports of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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  • Radio Poll: Will You Purchase Pacquiao-Bradley 2? By: TJ De Santis



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

    Will Dan Henderson lock up another title shot at UFC 175? | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    Dan Henderson wants one last shot at an Ultimate Fighting Championship belt, and it appears as though he will need to get through Daniel Cormier to receive it.

    Henderson is slated to meet Cormier in a light heavyweight title eliminator at UFC 175 on July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The winner will reportedly earn a crack at the 205-pound championship Jon Jones will defend against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26.

    A former two-division Pride Fighting Championships titleholder and two-time Olympian, Henderson last appeared at UFC Fight Night 39 on March 23, when he stopped Mauricio Rua with a sweeping right hook to the face and follow-up ground strikes at Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Brazil. The victory halted a three-fight losing streak for the beloved 43-year-old and made him the first man ever to defeat “Shogun” twice. Henderson has fought for UFC gold on two previous occasions, losing to Quinton Jackson in September 2007 and Anderson Silva in March 2008. He turns 44 in August.

    Cormier, meanwhile, made his light heavyweight debut at UFC 170 in February, when he needed a little more than a minute to take care of Patrick Cummins -- a short-notice replacement for the injured Rashad Evans. The 35-year-old American Kickboxing Academy representative had gone 13-0 as a heavyweight but elected to drop to 205 pounds because of his ties to training partner and current UFC champion Cain Velasquez.

    Items of interest on the Sherdog.net forums this week:

    PROCESS OF ELIMINATION


    STAMP OF APPROVAL


    LUCKY OR GOOD?


    FULL DISCLOSURE


    PPV PECKING ORDER


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  • This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Gilbert Melendez Turns 32 By: Brian Knapp

    Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez turns 32 this week. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    One of MMA’s most accomplished and consistent lightweights, Gilbert Melendez will celebrate his 32nd birthday on April 12.

    Melendez last appeared at UFC 166 in October, when he took a unanimous decision from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 1 winner Diego Sanchez at the Toyota Center in Houston. A former Strikeforce and World Extreme Cagefighting champion, he has won eight of his past nine bouts, a contentious split decision loss to Benson Henderson in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut the lone hiccup. Victories against Tatsuya Kawajiri (twice), Josh Thomson (twice), Shinya Aoki and Clay Guida anchor the stellar Melendez resume. The Cesar Gracie protégé has never been finished in his 25-fight professional career, which dates back to 2002.

    A Santa Ana, Calif., native, Melendez will coach opposite Anthony Pettis on Season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter” before challenging him for the UFC lightweight crown later this year.

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

    APRIL 6

    Marcus Brimage (29)

    APRIL 7

    David Baggett (34)
    Russ Miura (33)

    APRIL 8

    Sakae Kasuya (32)
    Michal Materla (30)
    Shinji Maeguchi (29)
    Luis Alberto Nogueira (29)

    APRIL 9

    Gary Quan (43)

    APRIL 12

    Roman Savachka (36)
    Gilbert Melendez (32)
    Rick Glenn (25)

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  • Top 5 Stories of the Week By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Rousimar Palhares took the WSOF title by force. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    Rousimar Palhares knows how to manipulate the human leg.

    Palhares submitted Steve Carl with an inverted heel hook to win the World Series of Fighting welterweight championship in the World Series of Fighting 9 headliner on March 29 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Carl tapped out 69 seconds into round one, his streak of seven consecutive victories snapped in decisive fashion.

    Carl rushed “Toquinho” at the start, only to be met by an immediate takedown from the Brazilian powerhouse. Palhares patiently went to work in full guard, isolated the Hard Drive MMA representative’s foot and secured the fight-ending maneuver. The 34-year-old Team Nogueira representative has now won nine fights via heel hook.

    The stories of interest on Sherdog.com this week:

    CAPTAIN HOOK


    ROUSEY RELEASED


    TITLE TRACK


    LURE OF THE CAGE


    GOLD DIGGERS


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