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





    Saturday



    3:00 a.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 365 - Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice break down UFC Fight Night; Pat Miletich and Michael Schiavello discuss Lion Fight 19; an interview with Matt Peterson.

    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Medeiros; Grice; Hall; House

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1
    Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

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

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Prefight Show
    UFC: Edgar vs. Swanson - Analysis and previews of Franike Edgar vs. Cub Swanson in Austin, Tex.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Preliminary Fights
    Edgar vs. Swanson – Prelims - Ruslan Magomedov vs. Josh Copeland; Luke Barnatt vs. Roger Narvaez; James Vick vs. Nick Hein; Yves Edwards vs. Akbarh Arreola. From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Night
    Edgar vs. Swanson – Prelims - Ruslan Magomedov vs. Josh Copeland; Luke Barnatt vs. Roger Narvaez; James Vick vs. Nick Hein; Yves Edwards vs. Akbarh Arreola. From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

    9:00 p.m. ET King of the Cage
    EPISODE: 124 - Joel Castillo vs. Maurice Green, James Warfield vs. Joshua Aveles, Jimmy Zidek vs. Ben-Piere Saint, Brett Murphy vs. Anthony McDonald, Craig Exkelberg vs. Clarance Jordan and many more. From Carlton, Minn.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Night
    Edgar vs. Swanson - Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson; Bobby Green vs. Edson Barboza; Brad Pickett vs. Chico Camus; Jared Rosholt vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk; Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz; Matt Wiman vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg. From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Fight Night
    Edgar vs. Swanson - Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson; Bobby Green vs. Edson Barboza; Brad Pickett vs. Chico Camus; Jared Rosholt vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk; Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz; Matt Wiman vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg. From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

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  • 12-Year-Old Rayron Gracie Impresses X-Gym Professional Team By: Marcelo Alonso




    X-Gym, the training home of Anderson Silva, Alan Patrick Silva Alves, Erick Silva, Ronaldo Souza and Warlley Alves, among others, has gained a mascot: Rayron Gracie, son of Ryan and nephew of Renzo.

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  • Athletes Defined: Phil Davis By: Mike Fridley



    Take a behind-the-scenes look at Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight contender Phil Davis.

    Reader comments are active following the jump.

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





    Friday



    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 1: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: For the Belt - Female fighters prepare to compete for the UFC's new 115-pound division title.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 2: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: We All Came Here to Fight! Joanne Calderwood faces Emily Kagan.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 3: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Don't Fight Fate - On the heels of Team Pettis' second win in a row, a silly game at the house turns raunchy. Then in the third preliminary fight, 4 seed Jessica Penne of Team Pettis takes on 13 seed Lisa Ellis of Team Melendez.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 4: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Make A Big Strike - Tensions between Heather Clark and the rest of Team Melendez escalate. Urijah Faber takes over for Anthony Pettis for a few days. Then, in the fourth fight of the tournament, Team Pettis pits 1 ranked Carla Esparza against 16 ranked Angela Hill.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 5: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Coming to Get You - An injury forces a fighter out of the competition and opens the door for another; Team Melendez fighters question Heather Clark's knee injury; the rivalry between Felice Herrig and Heather Clark comes to a head.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 6: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Give It All You Have - Tecia's return to the competition angers some fighters. Then, in the sixth fight of the tournament Team Pettis pits 5th ranked Aisling Daly against 12th ranked Angela Magana for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 7: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Risk It All - Heather Clark receives shocking news. Both teams visit with members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. The seventh preliminary fight, 7th seed Rose Namajunas tries to earn the first win for Team Melendez, against 10th seed Alex Chambers.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 8: Team Melendez vs Team Pettis: Scrapettes - A group of Team Melendez fighters decide they want Tecia to move out of their room. At a pool party tensions between the fighters boil over. Then Team Melendez sends 8 ranked Bec Rawlings against 3 ranked Tecia Torres.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 9: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Don't Talk to Me - Team Pettis decides opponents will not attend the same practice. One of the fighters breaks the agreement and the team disintegrates into arguing factions. Then, teammates do battle as 6 seed Felice Herrig takes on 14 seed Randa Markos.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: America's Pregame
    UFC Weigh-in: Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: AXS TV Fights
    Lion Fight 19 - Fabio Pinca fights Sean Kearney; Jeri Sitzes meets Chajmaa Bellakhal; live Muay Thai boxing.

    11:30 p.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 365 - Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice break down UFC Fight Night; Pat Miletich and Michael Schiavello discuss Lion Fight 19; an interview with Matt Peterson.

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  • Boxing Audio: Freddie Roach, Tim Lane Media Conference Call By: Mike Fridley

    Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach and Chris Algieri’s coach Tim Lane hosted an international media conference call ahead of Saturday’s HBO Boxing “Pacquiao vs. Algieri” card in Macao, China.

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  • Live Combat Sports Schedule By: Ian Robinson




    Sherdog.com’s own Ian Robinson unveils a new weekly live combat sports schedule to satisfy your need for consensual violence. As always, Sherdog.com founder Jeff Sherwood still does a daily television-only schedule on the Cheap Seats Blog.

    Check Mr. Robinson's Twitter Feed for stream updates throughout the weekend.

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





    Thursday



    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman - UFC 162 made history in July of 2013 when longtime champion and future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva first took on undefeated Chris Weidman.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Head-Kick Knockouts - Spectacular head-kick knockouts.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman - 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 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 9: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Don't Talk to Me - Team Pettis decides opponents will not attend the same practice. One of the fighters breaks the agreement and the team disintegrates into arguing factions. Then, teammates do battle as 6 seed Felice Herrig takes on 14 seed Randa Markos.

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  • Ben Fowlkes 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 MMAJunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes.

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  • 62-Year-Old Mickey Rourke to Compete in Boxing Match in Moscow By: C.J. Tuttle

    Mickey Rourke is scheduled to fight Elliot Seymour in a boxing match on Nov. 28.

    The bout was announced by Russian promoter World of Boxing on Wednesday and was first reported by Sovetsky Sport. The fight will take place on the undercard of Ruslan Provodnikov versus Jose Luis Castillo in Moscow.

    Rourke, a 62-year-old actor who fought professionally eight times between 1991 and 1994, trained under the tutelage of Freddie Roach and accrued a record of 6-0-2 with four wins coming via technical knockout. Prior to going pro, Rourke fought 30 times as an amateur.

    “Boxing is a serious part of my life,” Rourke stated in a press release. “It taught me respect and determination, patience and concentration. I always dreamed of fighting a match in Russia.”

    His opponent, who also hails from the U.S., holds a career mark of 1-9. Seymour has lost all but one of his fights via decision and has not been victorious since 2009.

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  • Opinion: The End of Bellator MMA’s Cross Promotional Plan By: C.J. Tuttle

    King Mo was one fighter excited about cross-promoting Bellator and TNA Wrestling. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    After nearly nine years, Spike TV has pulled the plug on its relationship with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, likely ending the working relationship between the promotion and Bellator MMA.

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