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  • This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Anderson Silva Turns 39 By: Brian Knapp

    Anderson “The Spider” Silva turns 39 this week. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    Regarded by some as the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time, former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva will celebrate his 39th birthday on April 14.

    Silva captured the 185-pound championship from Rich Franklin at UFC 64 and held it for a record 2,457 days, successfully defending it on 10 different occasions. The Brazilian finally relinquished his hold on the middleweight throne at UFC 162 in July, when he was knocked out in shocking fashion by the unbeaten Chris Weidman. The two met again a little more than five months later, as Weidman retained his title when Silva broke his leg on a checked kick at UFC 168. The Brazilian underwent emergency surgery to repair the damage, and though he has recovered enough to return to training, he will not fight again until at least 2015.

    “The Spider” had won 17 consecutive fights prior to his two encounters with Weidman, 16 of them inside the Octagon. He has delivered 26 of his 33 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. Silva’s long and storied list of victims includes Rich Franklin (twice), Chael Sonnen (twice), Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, Yushin Okami, Forrest Griffin and Vitor Belfort.

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

    APRIL 13


    Emi Tomimatsu (32)
    Ben Saunders (31)
    Yuko Oya (27)

    APRIL 14


    Ebenezer Fontes Braga (45)
    Anderson Silva (39)
    Jussier da Silva (29)

    APRIL 15


    Enson Inoue (47)
    Kenichi Hattori (36)
    Magomed Saadulaev (30)

    APRIL 16


    Jason Norwood (30)
    Nate Diaz (29)
    Pat Audinwood (28)

    APRIL 17


    Martin Kampmann (32)
    Siyar Bahadurzada (30)

    APRIL 18


    Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (30)

    APRIL 19


    Farkhad Sharipov (30)
    Kelli Gottardo (27)
    Pascal Krauss (27)

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

    Will the UFC regret its decision to cut Jake Shields? | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    Jake Shields is out of work.

    Shields was released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 7, a little less than three years after he challenged Georges St. Pierre for the Las Vegas-based organization’s welterweight crown. The 35-year-old compiled a 4-3 record inside the Octagon, with victories over Martin Kampmann, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia. However, Shields was often derided for his methodical approach in the cage -- an approach that undoubtedly factored into his release.

    A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Cesar Gracie, Shields has won titles inside the Shooto, Strikeforce and EliteXC promotions. He once went more than six years between losses.

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

    CHOPPING BLOCK


    ANOTHER FACE IN THE CROWD


    ENTERTAINMENT VALUE


    LACKING DIRECTION


    MONEY TALKS


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  • Video: UFC 172 ‘Jones vs. Teixeira’ Extended Preview By: Sherdog.com Staff


    The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s extended preview for UFC 172 examines the light heavyweight championship main event between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, as well as the co-main event of Phil Davis versus Anthony Johnson. The card airs live on pay-per-view April 26 from Baltimore Arena.

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





    Saturday



    3:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: 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.

    4:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    The Brazilian Top Team The best of the greatest submission team in Pride.

    8:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir 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.

    9:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents
    Anthony Pettis Showtime Anthony Pettis prepares for his championship bout.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox sports 2: 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.

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

    8:00 p.m. ET Spike TV: GLORY 15: Istanbul
    Glory Kickboxing is live from Istanbul, Turkey with the four-man Light Heavyweight World Championship tournament. Tyrone Spong takes on Saulo Cavalari.

    8:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Best of WEC
    UFC Stars MMA stars showcase their skills.

    9:00 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.

    9:30 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.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents Anthony Pettis Showtime
    Anthony Pettis prepares for his championship bout.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Bad Blood Bitter rivalries and grudge matches.

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  • UFC Fight Night 40: The Forum Threads By: Jeff Sherwood

    Roy Nelson added another first-round KO to his highlight reel. | TJ De Santis/Sherdog.com



    Add another victim to Roy Nelson’s hit list. “Big Country” brutally dispatched former Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight titlist Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira with a wicked overhand hand 3:37 into the first round of their UFC Fight Night 40 encounter at du Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Friday.

    Nelson had his foe on wobbly legs early, dropping him with an overhand right within the bout’s first minute. While Nogueira gamely tried to soldier on, eventually Nelson’s notorious power got the best of him, handing “Minotauro” back-to-back losses for the first time in his legendary career.

    UFC Fight Night 40 spawned a number of threads on the Sherdog.net forums:

    CHANGE OF PACE

    INTERVENTION NEEDED

    WORTHWHILE PURCHASE

    HIT LIST

    CRINGE-WORTHY

    PAGING MARK HUNT

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





    Friday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 147: Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin II Highlights of UFC 147 in Brazil.

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

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: 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.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:30 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.

    9:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    Bellator MMA Live 1007

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 336 Michael Schiavello and Pat Miletich preview RFA 14; Ron Kruck interviews Jon Jones.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: AXS TV Fights
    Resurrection Fighting Alliance 14 Matt Manzanares fights Junior Maranhao; Mark Dickman meets Raoni Barcelos; Live from Cheyenne, Wyo.

    10:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: 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.

    11:15 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Countdown to Glory 15: Istanbul
    Taking a look at each fighter as they prepare for the one-night single elimination tournament on April 12th from Istanbul, Turkey.

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





    Thursday



    3:00 a.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.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC UnleashedBad Blood
    Bitter rivalries and grudge matches.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: 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.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    8:00 a.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.

    11:00 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.

    12:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: 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.

    5:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Behind-the-scenes of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: 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.

    11:00 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.

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  • Jake Mathews’ TUF Nations Sherblog

    Here it is! The final episode: it’s been an amazing journey and one that I’ll never forget. I believe I’ve made friends for life and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

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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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    Click here to check out the podcast on iTunes.

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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.

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

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