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



    Wednesday



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

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 8: Not on the Concrete Dana White sits down with the Coaches to decide the 4 quarterfinal match-ups. A brutal street fight takes place in the house that has serious ramifications.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 9: It Was a Brawl In the second quarterfinal fight Brandon Melendez (Team Pulver) takes on Gray Maynard (Team Penn).

    9:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    EPISODE: 104

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Cub Swanson shares his inspiring story of perseverance; Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez full blast; Bruce Buffer reflects on a career; behind the scenes with the Octagon girls.

    10:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Urijah Faber As a pioneer for the lighter weight classes, Urijah Faber quickly became an icon and a champion.

    11:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 145

    11:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 146

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    EPISODE: 104

    2:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 146

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida
    Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida; Spencer Fisher vs. Sam Stout; Brian Ebersole vs. T.J. Waldburger. From Atlantic City, N.J.

    3:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Featherweights featuring Pat Curran The Featherweights are highlighted with guest Pat Curran.

    4:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Middleweights

    5:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Welterweights featuring Ben Askren The Welterweights are highlighted with guest Ben Askren.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Countdown of the fastest fights.

    6:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Lightweights featuring Michael Chandler The Lightweights are highlighted with guest Michael Chandler.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    EPISODE: 104

    7:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Featherweights featuring Pat Curran The Featherweights are highlighted with guest Pat Curran.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Magnaflow 1

    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 146

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 137: B.J. Penn vs. Nick Diaz Nick Diaz returns to the UFC to face former Welterweight Champion BJ Penn; Roy Nelson vs. Mirko Filipovic.

    8:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    Summer Series 1 Muhammed Lawal vs. Seth Petruzelli; Renato 'Babalu' Sobral and War Machine in separate fights.

    8:00 p.m. ET The Score: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    9:00 p.m. ET The Score: The Ultimate Fighter Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    The Ultimate Fighter features professional MMA fighters living together in Las Vegas, Nevada, and follows them as they train and compete against each other for a prized contract with the UFC.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 2
    Devastating knockouts that changed the history of MMA.

    10:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Fight Master: Bellator MMA
    Season 1 Episode 1: Fight to Choose The elimination round begins as ten fighters battle in the cage to determine who will make the Fight Master Tournament.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Magnaflow 1

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 10: Traitor

    11:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Fight Master: Bellator MMA
    Season 1 Episode 1: Fight to Choose The elimination round begins as ten fighters battle in the cage to determine who will make the Fight Master Tournament.

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

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

    12:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 2
    Devastating knockouts that changed the history of MMA.

    12:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    Summer Series 1 Muhammed Lawal vs. Seth Petruzelli; Renato Sobral and War Machine in separate fights.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson Prelims
    Roland Delorme vs.Edwin Figueroa; Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson; Sam Stout vs. James Krause; Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley. From Winnipeg.

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  • Chad Dundas 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 ESPN.com contributor Chad Dundas.

    After a week rough of publicity for Bellator MMA, Breen and Dundas discuss the ongoing issues facing the promotion as it heads into the 2013 Summer Series. The two outline the nasty legal situation with former champion Eddie Alvarez, current welterweight titlist Ben Askren's comments about the promotion's drug testing policies, Leonard Garcia's “phantom” offer and what the company can do to combat these particular situations.

    Breen and Dundas also discuss Bellator's free agent strategies, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Motley Crue as entrance music and much more.

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

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  • Luke Thomas 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 Luke Thomas of MMAFighting.com and SiriusXM Radio.

    With the first trimester of 2013 now in the books, Breen and Thomas look back on a weird-yet-refreshing four months of MMA. The two opine on how curious matchmaking across multiple promotions and a surprising wealth of outstanding fights have reinvigorated the sport after a tumultuous 2012 plagued by injury. The duo also discuss how the emergence of Ronda Rousey and the UFC women's 135-pound division, as well as the ongoing saga of Fallon Fox have created crucial new discourse within MMA.

    Breen and Thomas also go in on Bellator champ Michael Chandler's Dave & Buster's commercial, the emergence of Ilir Latifi, Ken Shamrock battling Ian Freeman and more surreal topics from 2013 thus far.

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

    The above file can be saved in MP3 format here.

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  • Ben Askren Really Loves Disc Golf By: Jordan Breen




    Fresh off of his most impressive Bellator welterweight title defense to date and his first stoppage in nearly three years, one would expect Ben Askren to get a little attention. In this case, it's not so much from the MMA media, but the disc golf media.

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



    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 9
    A historic collection of matchups.

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview all the official news, views, and action for FOX 6: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson.

    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 8
    The best collection of knock outs ever caught on camera and featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    4:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 100

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama; B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes; George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Best of 2012: The Year in Review
    Relive the thrilling action of the best bouts, the greatest knockouts and submissions.

    9:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida Prelims
    Longtime lightweight rivals Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout, and featherweights Ross Pearson and Cub Swanson.

    3:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    UFC's main event fighters train for their upcoming bout inside the Octagon.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview all the official news, views, and action for FOX 6: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 100

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 79: St-Pierre vs. Hughes Georges St. Pierre vs Matt Hughes; Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva..

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview all the official news, views, and action for FOX 6: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson.

    8:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 100

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama; B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes; George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon.

    9:00 p.m. ET The Score: The Score Fighting Series
    The Score Fighting Series (SFS) features fighters from North America and beyond with a focus on exciting match-ups and developing the next generation of great fighters. Tune in for non-stop action from events across the country.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Benson Henderson vs. Clay Guida from UFC on FOX; Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard from UFC 136.

    10:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    Season 1 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2 Ben Askren defends his Welterweight World Championship title against Karl Amoussou; Muhammed Lawal vs. Przemyslaw Mysiala, light heavyweight quarterfinal match . From Thackerville, Okla.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 1: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen - Enter the OctagonTwenty-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.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 a.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    Season 1 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2 Ben Askren defends his Welterweight World Championship title against Karl Amoussou; Muhammed Lawal vs. Przemyslaw Mysiala, light heavyweight quarterfinal match . From Thackerville, Okla.

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  • Audio: Bellator 86 Conference Call By: Mike Fridley



    Muhammed Lawal, Ben Askren, Karl Amoussou and Bjorn Rebney talk with the press on Friday's Bellator 86 media conference call.

    Audio from the call is available in the player above.

    Follow the jump for reader comments.

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



    Wednesday



    5:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    FUEL TV's expert panel of analysts, Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen, Kenny Florian and Brian Stann sit down with Jay Glazer.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Best of 2012: The Year in Review
    Relive the thrilling action of the best bouts, the greatest knockouts and submissions.

    11:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable Legends
    Royce Gracie, Mark 'Coleman, Randy Couture, and 'The People's Champ' Tito Ortiz.

    11:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Belfort the Blackzilian; Faber Family Holiday; TUF17 Riff Vitor Belfort gained a 2nd one in the Blackzilians; Urijah Faber celebrates Christmas; Joe Rogan riffs on the upcoming season; Anthony Pettis watches Octagonside.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC TonightFX 7: Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping - Preview
    A preview of all the official news, views, and action for FX 7: Vitor Belfort vs Michael Bisping.

    2:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Belfort the Blackzilian; Faber Family Holiday; TUF17 Riff Vitor Belfort gained a 2nd one in the Blackzilians; Urijah Faber celebrates Christmas; Joe Rogan riffs on

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Best of 2012: The Year in Review
    Relive the thrilling action of the best bouts, the greatest knockouts and submissions

    5:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Lightweights are highlighted with guest Michael Chandler.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The greatest knockouts in pride history.

    6:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Middleweights

    6:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Gun Show
    Gun Show from San Manuel Casino in Highland Calif.; Joshua Aveles vs. Marcus Mowers; Scott Catlin vs. Sam Liera; Nick Rossborough vs. Tony Lopez; Brandon Hunt, vs. Johnny Cisneros; Brad Burrick vs. David Gomez.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC TonightFX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping - Preview
    A preview of all the official news, views, and action for FX 7: Vitor Belfort vs Michael Bisping.

    7:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Welterweights are highlighted with guest Ben Askren.

    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Belfort the Blackzilian; Faber Family Holiday; TUF17 Riff Vitor Belfort gained a 2nd one in the Blackzilians; Urijah Faber celebrates Christmas; Joe Rogan riffs on the upcoming season; Anthony Pettis watches Octagonside.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 145: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

    8:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Featherweights are highlighted with guest Pat Curran.

    8:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 8
    A historic collection of matchups.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 7
    An electrifying collection of KO's featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Gun Show
    Gun Show from San Manuel Casino in Highland Calif.; Joshua Aveles vs. Marcus Mowers; Scott Catlin vs. Sam Liera; Nick Rossborough vs. Tony Lopez; Brandon Hunt, vs. Johnny Cisneros; Brad Burrick vs. David Gomez.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: The Ultimate Fighter
    Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson

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

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The greatest knockouts in pride history.

    11:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Lightweights are highlighted with guest Michael Chandler.

    12:00 a.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Middleweights

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson
    Rousimar Palhares vs. Hector Lombard; Norman Parke vs. Colin Fletcher; Bradley Scott vs. Robert Whittaker; George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson. From Queensland, Australia. (Card subject to change)

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 7
    An electrifying collection of KO's featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

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



    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: The Ultimate Fighter
    Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson

    3:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 7
    A historic collection of match ups.

    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 6
    Great knockouts including an epic battle between Randy Velarde and Tim Conrad.

    4:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    Jay Glazer sits down and gets personal with the UFC's top welterweight fighters.

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Part one of The Top 50 Moments of 2012. From one-punch knockouts to amazing submissions to come-from-behind victories, UFC TONIGHT's Kenny Florian takes us through moments 50-26 in this week's special.

    5:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012 Part 2 Relive the Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012, from 25 down to number one, as we count down the year's greatest events in mixed martial arts.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Fuel for the Fire Long Island native Chris Weidman tours the town he loves; Alexander Gustafsson sits down with Jon Anik; Nate Diaz's submission game; Chad Mendes' dominating performance.

    6:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Alexander Gustafsson's San Diego training; Joe Lauzon's signature moves; Arianny Celeste poses.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Flashback Seattle; Heavyweights Collide Experience UFC on FOX 5 from a new perspective; The comeback of Cain Velasquez; Randy Couture analyzes the Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez championship fight.

    7:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Champion's Roundtable With Jay Glazer
    Jay Glazer chats all things UFC.

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller Prelims
    Prelims for UFC: Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Part one of The Top 50 Moments of 2012. From one-punch knockouts to amazing submissions to come-from-behind victories, UFC TONIGHT's Kenny Florian takes us through moments 50-26 in this week's special.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012 Part 2 Relive the Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012, from 25 down to number one, as we count down the year's greatest events in mixed martial arts.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 101: The Moves
    Learn the secret moves of the best fighters in the world.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    Silva vs. Franklin II Highlights of UFC 147 in Brazil.

    8:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Part one of The Top 50 Moments of 2012. From one-punch knockouts to amazing submissions to come-from-behind victories, UFC TONIGHT's Kenny Florian takes us through moments 50-26 in this week's special.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012 Part 2 Relive the Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012, from 25 down to number one, as we count down the year's greatest events in mixed martial arts.

    9:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: Ultimate Answers
    UFC fighters' takes on topics from the hard-hitting to the totally random.

    10:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Welterweights are highlighted with guest Ben Askren.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Rampage Jackson vs. Rashad Evans Featuring Rampage Jackson vs. Rashad Evans, Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar, and Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson at UFC 144; featherweight face-off between Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway at UFC 143; UFC 142's battle between Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson.

    11:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Featherweights are highlighted with guest Pat Curran.

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

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC RoundtableLegends II
    Royce Gracie, Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, and 'The People's Champ' Tito Ortiz.

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  • Poll: Askren in the UFC? By: Sherdog.com Staff



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  • Ben Askren’s Bellator Blog, Part 2

    Ben Askren's ground game upset a local Kansas City anchorman. | Photo: Keith Mills



    Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren (www.twitter.com/BenAskren) will blog his thoughts and experiences for Sherdog.com as he prepares to defend his 170-pound title against Season 4 tournament winner Jay Hieron at Bellator 56 in Kansas City, Kan. Bellator 56 takes place this Saturday, Oct. 29, on MTV2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

    Well, the last 24 hours have been significantly more interesting than my last blog so at least I can entertain you guys.

    Thursday, I had to do a bunch of media stuff; no one really likes to do it but it is a part of the job, and I did it with a smile on my face. My weight was great -- only 179 when I started my weight cut. For the first workout, I grappled with one of my corners and friends Alan Belcher for 25 minutes and got a good sweat going. Then I threw on the plastics and sweats and hit some mitts for about 20 minutes. Even with all the extra clothes on I still felt strangely crisp with my combinations. I ended up losing four-and-a-half pounds and rewarded myself with a small dinner.

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