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



    Tuesday

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 154: Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit - Prelims
    John Makdessi vs. Sam Stout; Rodrigo Damm vs. Antonio Carvalho; Chad Griggs vs. Cyrille Diabate; Alessio Sakara vs. Patrick Cote. From Bell Centre in Montreal.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 139: Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson; Cung Le makes his UFC debut against Wanderlei Silva.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Greatest Japanese Fighters The best of Pride's Japanese hometown stars.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 11: Fight the Perfect Fight Joey Rivera and Jon Manley face-off to stay in the competition; the tension builds between Michal Hill and Mike Ricci before they enter the octagon; the last two match-ups before the finale are revealed.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Road to the Octagon 2012
    Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Benson Henderson vs Nate Diaz, the world's best lightweight mixed martial artists will face off for the title.

    10:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 86

    10:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le
    Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le; Stanislav Nedkov vs. Thiago Silva & more. From Macau, China.

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

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

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



    Friday

    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC Rio Jose Aldo defends his Featherweight title against undefeated Chad Mendes.

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit - Prelims
    John Makdessi vs. Sam Stout; Rodrigo Damm vs. Antonio Carvalho; Chad Griggs vs. Cyrille Diabate; Alessio Sakara vs. Patrick Cote. From Bell Centre in Montreal.

    9:00 a.m. ET MTV2: Bellator Fighting Championships 81
    Marcin Held vs. Rich Clementi; Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Tirloni; Marlon Sandro vs. Dustin Neace.

    12:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Miller vs. Diaz
    Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz; Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson; Josh Koscheck vs. Johnny Hendricks. From New Jersey.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit - Prelims
    John Makdessi vs. Sam Stout; Rodrigo Damm vs. Antonio Carvalho; Chad Griggs vs. Cyrille Diabate; Alessio Sakara vs. Patrick Cote. From Bell Centre in Montreal.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 1: Bring It! Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson coach opposing teams of fighters competing for a six-figure UFC contract.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 2: What We Do Sixteen victorious welterweights move into the house; Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin pick their squads; the first two welterweights face off.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 3: We Have Control One fighter engages in noisy late night activities, creating enemies on both teams; Coach Carwin announces his first match-up.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 4: Can't Fix Stupid Dana treats the fighters to a special outing away from the house; Roy uses a bizarre method to pick the next matchup; one fighter's weight problem puts his future in jeopardy; two more welterweights face off.

    8:00 p.m. ET MTV2: Bellator's Road to the Championships Season 7
    Highlights from the tournaments this season; analysis on the finals.

    9:00 p.m. ET MAVTV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 267 Benson Henderson; Kenny Rice; Bas Rutten; Ron Kruck talks with Dana White.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 5: Unleash the Beast Julian Lane lashes out after being disrespected by another fighter; Team Nelson wants more coaching from Roy; Mike Ricci once again finds himself at odds with Nic Herron-Webb; Coach Carwin chooses two welterweights to fight.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS: The Score Fighting Series 7
    Jordan Mein vs. Forrest Petz; from Hamilton, Ontario.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 6: One Mission Team Nelson has doubts about Roy's leadership, Carwin puts his squad through an unusual training session; a prank at the house ignites heated smack talk between fighters; two more welterweights face off in the fifth preliminary fight.

    10:00 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.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 7: Summer Camp Coach Roy once again has a fighter choose his own opponent; Forrest Griffin drops in for training; the feud between Hill and Secor reaches its boiling point; Dana White expresses his outrage after the 6th preliminary fight.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 8: Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Trash talk causes a scuffle; Dana visits the house to give the fighters an eye-opening lecture; two more welterweights face off in the 7th preliminary fight.

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  • Strikeforce ‘Fedor vs. Silva’ Analysis: The Main Card By: Tim Leidecker



    Antonio Silva was a heavy underdog on Saturday against Fedor Emelianenko. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    History was made Saturday night at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Following an undercard that went as expected, most anticipated former Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko to bounce back from last summer’s shocking upset loss with a win over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

    However, the sport of MMA has evolved such that things rarely turn out as expected, and “The Last Emperor” was no exception. Below, an in-depth look at the five main-card matches from Saturday night and what matches could be next for the participants.

    Valentijn Overeem def. Ray Sefo -- Submission (Neck Crank) 1:37 R1

    What happened: Having been in charge of Vitor Belfort’s preparation for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, seven-time K-1 World Grand Prix finalist Sefo did not have much time to prepare for his Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix alternate bout against Alistair Overeem’s older brother, Valentijn. Still a neophyte on the ground, Sefo was taken down 90 seconds into the match and submitted with a head-scissoring Overeem neck crank. It must have been the first time someone fighting for a major organization tapped out to the “can opener” since Mark Coleman used it on Masaaki Satake in the opening round of the 2000 Pride grand prix.

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  • Career Advice: Strikeforce ‘Houston’ Edition



    Chad Griggs vs. Bobby Lashley: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com


    Strikeforce’s event Saturday in Houston saw breakout performances from “Jacare,” “Feijao” and even the spectacularly sideburned Chad Griggs, but it was a night that will be remembered for the jaw-dropping failure of the fighters Strikeforce was pinning hopes on.

    All is not lost, however, for the promotion’s would-be stars. They’re just a few months’ worth of tinkering and therapy away from developing as hoped. In an attempt to speed the process along, here is what the night’s less than lucky participants need to work on or flat-out ditch altogether.

    King for a Day, Jester for a Lifetime

    There isn’t a sane man or woman alive who would argue against the notion that Muhammed Lawal has the talent to become a truly special mixed martial artist. However, talent alone doesn’t cut it in a sport full of supposedly talented athletes making the fistic equivalent of minimum wage.

    It was obvious during Lawal’s doomed fight with Cavalcante that he didn’t believe there was any way he could lose. Between the reckless defensive stance, telegraphed body punches and conspicuous absence of any chain wrestling, “King Mo” seemed certain that talent alone would win the day. Instead, he got his first career loss.

    The only way Lawal will ever fulfill the potential he squandered Saturday night is by dropping the schtick and getting serious about fighting. That means no more emulating professional boxers he has no chance of ever approximating and a lot more time spent drilling the fundamentals of fighting he left by the wayside.

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  • Strikeforce Postmortem: Upset Specials, Noons’ Bad Knee, More By: Jake Rossen



    Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (left) vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com


    The problem with perfect records is their limited shelf life: no one can depend on being undefeated in order to remain an attraction. Fight enough and you will eventually run into someone who has answers for everything you have and questions you can’t address.

    Bobby Lashley and Muhammed Lawal both had their pristine careers tarnished Saturday: Lawal was unable to hold down the relentless Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, while Lashley somehow managed to lose a fight he was winning virtually every minute of up until that point.

    It’s hard to know who suffers more: that Lashley lost is not too surprising, though few expected it to be against Chad Griggs -- a man so far off the industry radar that Lashley hadn’t even seen tape of his opponent. Lawal, meanwhile, was perceived as one of the top athletes in the sport and had broken into the top 10 with a win over Gegard Mousasi. Losing to Cavalcante, who is barely a year removed from a KO loss to fringe player Mike Kyle, means we either underestimated the Brazilian or severely overestimated the former champion.

    With Lawal’s confidence both in and out of the ring -- his hands-at-hips striking style has the arrogance of Roy Jones without the ability -- it’s easy to forget he’s barely two years into a fight career. But Lashley, always impatient to have a crack at Fedor Emelianenko or a current champion, may be more easily intimidated by finding out he’s human.

    In either case, they both proved a point worth repeating: anyone in the business of promoting invincible fighters isn’t going to be in business for long.

    Next for Lawal: A confidence-rebuilder against Kevin Randleman.

    Next for Cavalcante: An opportunistic Mousasi.

    Next for Lashley: Andrei Arlovski and a guaranteed win for someone who needs it.

    Next for Griggs: Brett Rogers.

    Next for K.J. Noons: Gilbert Melendez.

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  • Audio: Lawal-Cavalcante Conference Call

    Strikeforce held a conference call for the media on Monday to promote its Aug. 21 Houston, Texas, event.

    Muhammed Lawal, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Bobby Lashley, Chad Griggs and CEO Scott Coker participated in the call. Audio from the teleconference is available in the player below.




    Listen to Monday's complete Strikeforce conference call.

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