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  • This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Jon Jones Turns 27 By: Brian Knapp

    Jon “Bones” Jones is 14-1 in the UFC. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder and pound-for-pound mainstay Jon Jones will celebrate his 27th birthday on July 19.

    A winner of 11 consecutive bouts, Jones last competed at UFC 172 in April, when he took a unanimous decision from Glover Teixeira at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore. The Jackson-Wink MMA representative has defended the 205-pound championship a record seven times, defeating Teixeira, Alexander Gustafsson, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida and Quinton Jackson. Jones has pieced together an outstanding 14-1 record since touching down in the UFC in August 2008, a disqualification loss to Matt Hamill at “The Ultimate Fighter 10” Finale the lone blemish.

    “Bones” will put the light heavyweight crown on the line at UFC 178 on Sept. 28, when he faces Gustafsson in a highly anticipated rematch in Las Vegas.

    Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the week covering July 13-July 19:

    JULY 13

    Dave Strasser (45)
    Hidehiko Hasegawa (36)
    Jonathan Goulet (35)
    Tom Watson (32)
    Rina Tomita (30)

    JULY 14

    Kazushi Sakuraba (45)
    Mostapha Al-Turk (41)
    Falaniko Vitale (40)
    Wagnney Fabiano (39)
    Rolles Gracie (36)
    Leonard Garcia (35)
    Shane Roller (35)

    JULY 15

    Antony Rea (38)
    Matt Mitrione (36)
    Viktor Pesta (24)

    JULY 16

    Javier Vazquez (37)
    Toby Imada (36)
    Kazuhiro Nakamura (35)
    Walel Watson (30)

    JULY 17

    Alexander Otsuka (43)
    Yuki Kondo (39)
    Ricardo Arona (36)
    Mamed Khalidov (34)
    Bruno Santos (27)
    Mike Byrnes (24)

    JULY 18

    Crosley Gracie (35)
    Hatsu Hioki (31)
    Ben Askren (30)

    JULY 19

    Jeremiah Constant (40)
    Raphael Assuncao (32)
    Jon Jones (27)

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  • Sherdog Rewind: Dave Meltzer By: Jack Encarnacao

    Another half-year is in the books in mixed martial arts, and the Sherdog Radio Network "Rewind" returned to render an assessment of what the numbers tell us.

    Host Jack Encarnacao welcomes MMA biz expert and Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer for a 90-minute chat "Down To Business" about how the UFC has performed this year on pay-per-view, prospects for new stars, how Fox has changed the look, feel, and market positioning of the UFC, and the revolutionary promise of Fight Pass.

    You won't find a more wide-ranging yet detailed-oriented audio plunge into the metrics behind the sport. Better know MMA by downloading the latest Rewind here.

    Click here to check out the podcast on iTunes.

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





    Sunday



    5:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1
    Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

    6:00 a.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.

    7:00 a.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 Fury Jury of Team Cruz in the third preliminary fight.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 5: That Miserable Feeling Sam Sicilia must decide whether to share information with his team about best friend, Mike Chiesa; after Andy Ogle struggles in practice, Urijah Faber sits him down for a heart to heart; Dominick gets fed up with Chris Tickle's complaining.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 6: Dog With no Bark Tempers flare between Mike Rio and Justin Lawrence during sparring; the teams enjoy a relaxing Easter Sunday; Chris Tickle faces tough guy Joe Proctor in the fifth preliminary fight.

    10:00 a.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.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 8: The Lion's Den Ronda Rousey trains in the gym, then visits the TUF house; Cruz gets a surprise from Faber and his coaches; Chris Saunders faces Sam Sicilia.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 9: Become That Hero Both teams head to a desert shooting range for an explosive coaches challenge; Andy Ogle takes on Mike Rio in the last preliminary fight; Dana announces the first two quarterfinal match-ups.

    1:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 10: So Real It's Unreal Dana makes a surprise visit to the gym for a shocking announcement; James Vick vs. Joe Proctor; Justin Lawrence vs. Michael Chiesa.

    2:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 11: Like a Spartan Chris Saunders battles through emotional issues as he prepares to face Vinc Pichel; Faber teammates square off when Andy Ogle takes on Al Iaquinta.

    3:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 12: EPISODE: 12 Tickle and Cruickshank get violent in the house; Dana makes a surprise announcement; Vick takes on Chiesa; Pichel faces Laquinta.

    4:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Boxing
    Golden Boy Live!: Alfonso Gomez vs. Ed Paredes Alfonso Gomez vs. Ed Paredes, junior middleweight bout. From Las Vegas.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    6:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Submissions


    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Fastest Knockouts Fastest finishes in MMA history.

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

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    8:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Thomson & Johnson; McGregor; House Josh Thomson and Michael Johnson's relentless training for FOX UFC Saturday. Conor McGregor's mic is hot for Norman Parke's fight in Manchester and the hard hitting origins of UFC cutman Don House.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Best of WEC
    Renan Barao vs. Anthony Leone Classic bantamweight and featherweight fights.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    10:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    12:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

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





    Saturday



    4:00 a.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 346 Coverage on UFC 175, the TUF 19 Finale, WSOF 11 and Lion Fight 16.

    5:00 a.m. ET AXS TV: The Voice Versus
    Dan Gables discusses his 1972 gold medal and coaching the Iowa Hawkeyes through nine consecutive championships.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1 Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber coach opposing teams of contestants competing for coveted UFC contracts, and the title of The Ultimate Fighter.

    11:30 a.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.

    12:00 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing 2013
    Canelo Alvarez vs. Austin Trout From April 20, 2013 in San Antonio.

    12:30 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.

    1:00 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing 2014
    Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo From March 8, 2014 in Las Vegas.

    1:30 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.

    2:00 p.m. ET CBs Sports Network: Boxing 2012
    Erislandy Lara vs. Ronald Hearns From April 20, 2012 in Biloxi, Miss.

    2:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 5: That Miserable Feeling Sam Sicilia must decide whether to share information with his team about best friend, Michael Chiesa; after Andy Ogle struggles in practice, Urijah Faber sits him down for a heart to heart; Dominick gets fed up with Chris Tickle's complaining.

    3:00 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.

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

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

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Boxing
    Iron Mike Productions: Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Barthelemy Mendez takes on Barthelemy in a rematch for the IBF junior lightweight title. From Miami.

    5:00 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.

    6:00 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing 2013
    Francisco Vargas vs. Brandon Bennett Vacant NABF super featherweight and vacant WBO Inter-Continental super featherweight titles. From Aug. 9, 2013 in Indio, Calif.

    7:00 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing 2014
    Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo From March 8, 2014 in Las Vegas.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 166: Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos 3 The last fight in the Dos Santos/Velasquez trilogy.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Fox Sports 1 on 1
    Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

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

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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



    Follow the jump for reader comments.

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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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