Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide

By Jeff Sherwood Apr 11, 2013


Thursday



3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Central
Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

4:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Central
Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

4:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Central
Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
The Gracie brothers break down Georges St.Pierre's historic arm bar; the greatest UFC Feuds; Carlos Condit remains committed to his title aspirations; the Strikeforce newcomers.

6:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
Hendricks on the Brink Johny Hendricks all-access account of his UFC 158; Alexander Gustafsson provides a tour of his home; Cain Velasquez's Harley Davidson photo shoot.

7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
Best Of Sonnen Chael Sonnen all-access account of his UFC on FOX; the greatest trash talker of them all; Sonnen mic'd up for his real time reaction to the legendary fight between Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson.

7:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
EPISODE: 124

8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Prelims
Cody Donovan vs. Nick Penner; Mike Wilkinson vs. Brendan Loughnane; Manuel Rodriguez vs. Benny Alloway; Seth Baczynski vs. Mike Pierce; Joey Beltran vs. Igor Pokrajac; Yaotzin Meza vs. Chad Mendes. From Queensland, Australia. (Card subject to change)

11:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
Season 17 Episode 1: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen - Enter the Octagon Twenty-eight middleweights arrive in Las Vegas for a shot at a UFC contract; coaches Chael Sonnen and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones evaluate the winners of 14 elimination fights.

1:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
Season 17 Episode 2: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Ambush Fourteen middleweights move into the house and training begins; a fighter gets emotional after his team shows serious doubts about his readiness; two fighters face off in the first preliminary fight.

2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
Season 17 Episode 3: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Embrace the Suffering A fighter responds after being called out; coach Sonnen gives advice to a fighter lacking confidence; coach Jones bonds with his team during a house visit; two fighters deliver explosive action.

3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
Season 17 Episode 4: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Sign of Disrespect Both teams face off in a spontaneous rap battle at the house; a prank ignites smack talk that carries over to the weigh-in; two fighters face off in the third preliminary fight.

4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
Season 17 Episode 5: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Reflection of Perfection Mickey Rourke visits Team Sonnen to share insights from his days as a boxer; coach Jones wonders if a competitor is ready to fight; two fighters meet for the fourth preliminary fight.

5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
Season 17 Episode 6: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Path to Greatness A fighter's attitude ignites a blowup at the house; the fighters battle it out in a night of bowling; two fighters meet in the octagon for the fifth preliminary fight.

6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
Season 17 Episode 7: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: His Fist on My FaceThe guys get a night out at Hooters; a fighter's recurring leg pain lands him in the hospital; two fighters square off in the sixth preliminary fight.

7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
Season 17 Episode 8: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Bag of Tools Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen compete in a unique and difficult coaches challenge; Dana forces the coaches to decide on the wildcard matchup.

8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
Season 17 Episode 9: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Wild Card A fighter calls out a competitor to fight in the next round; the teams unite for a Thanksgiving feast; two preliminary losers battle for a chance to get back in the competition; Dana reveals the quarterfinal match-ups.

9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
Season 17 Episode 10: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Quarterfinals Begin A fighter gets a surprise visit from world champion Ronda Rousey; two fighters face off trying to secure a spot in the final four.

10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
Season 17 Episode 11: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Vicious Josh Samman faces the aggressive takedowns of Jimmy Quinlan in the third quarterfinal fight; Bubba McDaniel worries that his body may not be up to the challenge of taking on Uriah Hall; Dana reveals the semifinal match-ups.

11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
Season 17 Episode 12: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Semis Both coaches join the semifinalists on a visit to the Harley-Davidson showroom; the final four do battle.

12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
Welterweights The UFC's top welterweight fighters Renzo Gracie, George St.Pierre, B.J. Penn and Matt Serra.

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