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



    Friday



    3:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC From All Angles
    Middleweight Mark Munoz and welterweight Jake Ellenberger.

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 143: Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit Prelims
    The next generation of UFC stars in a night of unforgettable action.

    2:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Countdown
    Leading up to UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar with in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

    2:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Countdown
    Leading up to UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar with in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 136 Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III and Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown
    Leading up to UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar with in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar Weigh-in
    From Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Benson Henderson vs. Clay Guida from UFC on FOX; Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard from UFC 136.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes, Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck, Nam Phan vs. Jimy Hettes, and Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 277 Breakdown of the UFC 156 and Legacy 17 cards; Ron Kruck reports from Las Vegas for the UFC weigh-ins.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown
    Leading up to UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar with in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS: Legacy Fighting Championship 17
    Dan Hornbuckle vs. Pete Spratt; Jared Rosholt vs. Richard Odoms; from San Antonio.

    10:30 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.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Countdown
    Leading up to UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar with in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview of all the official news, views, and action for UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar.

    11:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Michael McDonald celebrates his birthday; Sacramento's Team Alpha Male; Dan Henderson recounts his career; UFC's finest describe the feeling of a knockout

    12:00 a.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 277 Breakdown of the UFC 156 and Legacy 17 cards; Ron Kruck reports from Las Vegas for the UFC weigh-ins.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar Weigh-in
    From Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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



    Saturday

    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Rich Franklin vs.Cung Le
    Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le; Stanislav Nedkov vs. Thiago Silva & more. From Macau, China.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva Prelims
    Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards; Michael Johnson vs. Danny Castillo; Mike Pierce vs. Aaron Simpson; Marcus LeVesseur vs. Carlo Prater; Jacob Volkmann vs. Shane Roller; Bart Palaszewski vs. Diego Nunes; Darren Uyenoyama vs. Phil Harris.

    9:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Ultimate Insider Behind the scenes of the Ultimate Fighting Championship for the week of October 30.

    9:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Georges St-Pierre GSP's 10 month rehab; Jon Anik travels to Montreal for an interview with the welterweight champ.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes, Matt Hughes vs Josh Koscheck, Nam Phan vs Jimy Hettes, and Urijah Faber vs Brian Bowles.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Georges St-Pierre GSP's 10 month rehab; Jon Anik travels to Montreal for an interview with the welterweight champ.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fight Edition Highlights from UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit from Montreal, Canada.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 10: Coming for You The rift grows between Michael Hill and Mike Ricci; the quarterfinals kick off as Bristol Marunde faces Neil Magny; Colton Smith takes on Igor Araujo with a spot in the semifinals on the line.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The Brazilian Top Team The best of the greatest submission team in Pride.

    9:00 p.m. ET UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes, Matt Hughes vs Josh Koscheck, Nam Phan vs Jimy Hettes, and Urijah Faber vs Brian Bowles.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 137 Nick Diaz returns to the UFC to face former Welterweight Champion BJ Penn; Roy Nelson vs. Mirko Cro Cop.

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  • Radio: Cruz, Bowles, Jackson By: TJ De Santis

    Live radio returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Wednesday with new episodes of "The Savage Dog Show" and "Beatdown" radio shows. Guests today on The SRN included trainer Greg Jackson and UFC bantamweights Brian Bowles and champion Dominick Cruz.

    On "Beatdown" I welcomed my new co-host Jon Luther to the program. We recapped UFC 132 from the holiday weekend. Including the performances by Titor Ortiz, Chris Leben, and Wanderlei Silva. We were also joined by 132 headliner Dominick Cruz. The bantamweight ace chatted about his title defense against Urijah Faber.

    "The SDS" welcomed trainer Greg Jackson and bantamweight Brian Bowles to the shows. Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood tackled a variety of subjects with the two men. Bowles chatted about his UFC 132 perfomance, moving up in the bantamweight division, and where he feels he fits in to the title picture. Greg Jackson spoke about his students Melvin Guillard, Nate Marquardt, and Carlos Condit. Jackson touches on a possible matchup between Condit and Team Jackson fighter Georges St-Pierre.

    Check out the show and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Matches to Make after WEC 52 By: Jason Probst



    Chad Mendes file photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com


    With its second-to-last show now behind us, the WEC approaches its merger with UFC in good stead. Bringing two new weight classes and champs with it at 145 and 135 pounds, WEC 52 showed that the little guys are exciting.

    It was also a smashing success for Team Alpha Male, as members Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes and Joseph Benavidez each scored impressive wins against tough competition. So, as we move toward mergerville, let’s take a look at five prospective matchups that make sense after tonight’s action.

    Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz

    This one comes with a caveat -- Cruz must successfully defend his belt against Scott Jorgenson Dec. 16 at the final WEC show. If he’s able to, it sets up the perfect kind of debut bantamweight title bout to take place on the big stage of the UFC: a grudge rematch.

    With a new champion in Cruz, who’s shown constant improvement, against the guy that beat him in Faber, who’s dropping down into the weight class, that’s an easily marketable fight. Cruz didn’t necessarily do too badly in his first bout with Faber, and it was more a case of inexperience running into a veteran fighter (with a vicious choke, to boot). He’ll be itching to get some payback and Faber will be champing at the bit to take a belt. A blind man could sell this one.

    If Jorgenson beats Cruz, that presents an interesting question -- do you give Cruz an immediate rematch or put him in against Faber? Faber is the bigger name and a great first-time showcase attraction as the UFC debuts the 135-pound division.

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  • WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz Preview




    Video courtesy of WEC.tv.

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  • Bowles: Time for Respect By: Mike Sloan



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  • Primer: WEC 42 By: Jake Rossen

    As far as the WEC is concerned, the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter isn’t aligned with Strikeforce and isn’t the product of a Cold War laboratory: he’s Miguel Torres, and he fights Sunday against a man who could be his very violent equal.

    The 135 lb. Torres has gone largely unchallenged since taking the WEC’s bantamweight belt in February of 2008. He’s defended it three times, has lost only once in his career, and has used much of his athletic prime learning trade skills instead of proper benching form.

    Opponent Brian Bowles has only been fighting for three years to Torres’ nine; he holds a perfect finishing record (7-0), is equally self-assured, and does not appear to be at all intimidated by Torres’ relative celebrity or reputation. There are no real guarantees in prizefighting, but the only way this fight would be anticlimactic is if someone forgets to wear a cup.

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  • 5 Questions for a Big Event Weekend: UFC 101 and WEC 42 By: Jake Rossen





    If you don’t get answers to these questions by 1 a.m. on Monday morning, call and ask for a refund from your cable company. I’m sure they’ll understand.

    Anderson Silva can deal with Forrest Griffin’s striking. But can he deal with his size?

    Stranger things and all that, but it is unlikely the muscular striking style of Forrest Griffin will prove to be much of an issue for Anderson Silva, who practices muay Thai like it’s his religion. If this becomes a kickboxing match, Griffin will find himself having lots of time to learn what brand and wattage of bulb the house lights use.

    But if he can bully Silva into the fence and force the middleweight champion into wasting energy in scrambles, carrying Griffin’s weight, he may find himself on the proper end of a decision

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  • WEC 42 Call Notes: Heat Builds for Torres-Bowles By: Brian Knapp

    Seven fights into his professional career, Brian Bowles believes himself ready for the myriad of challenges one of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters will throw his way.

    The unbeaten Bowles will tackle World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Miguel Torres in the main event at WEC 42 on Aug. 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The 29-year-old Georgian admits his resume does not carry the normal experience of a major title challenger.

    “Ideally, you’d like to have more fights,” Bowles said during a teleconference on Tuesday. “I took some fights against some tough guys and won those and won them handily.”

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