Chael Sonnen's Blogs

  • Chael Sonnen Comes Up Short in Bid for Third Smack-Off Title By: Mike Sloan

    Popular and polarizing Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Chael Sonnen came up just short Friday in his bid to capture his third Smack-Off title, losing by the closest of margins to Brad in Corona.

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





    Thursday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 13 Episode 8: Team Lesnar vs. Dos Santos: Shut Him Up - A surprise visit from UFC fighter and US Marine Brian Stann; Clay battles an injury as he takes on Ramsey; Shamar gets his chance to shut up Chris Cope in the cage.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Bigfoot vs. Mir – Prelims - T.J. Waldburger vs. Wendell Oliveira; Mike de la Torre vs. Tiago Trator; Matt Dwyer vs. William Patolino; Marion Reneau vs. Jessica Andrade. From Porto Alegre, Brasil.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Women - When the UFC introduced the women's bantamweight division its new athletes brought an unprecedented level of charisma and skill to the sport.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman/Edgar vs. Oliveira - Anderson Silva, braces for a title matchup against undefeated Chris Weidman. Plus, former champion Frankie Edgar meets Charles Oliveira in the co-main event. See all four athletes train then see their bouts from UFC 162.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fighter's Cut
    Anthony Pettis - Step inside the octagon as Pettis relives his three exciting first round finishes, including his thrilling submission of Benson Henderson to capture the Lightweight title.

    5:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II - The first fight was a classic. The buildup to the rematch was intense. See how both men trained and the eventual outcome.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano

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





    Tuesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz – B.J. Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon. Go to training camps and the fight.

    3:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 148: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II - The first fight was a classic. The buildup to the rematch was intense. See how both men trained and the eventual outcome.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Night
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz – Prelims - Sara McMann vs. Miesha Tate; Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman; John Lineker vs. Ian McCall; Tom Watson vs. Rafael Natal. From Las Vegas.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Gustafsson vs. Johnson – Prelims - Konstantin Erokhin vs. Viktor Pesta; Anthony Christodoulou vs. Mairbek Taisumov; Stanislav Nedkov vs. Nikita Krylov; Makwan Amirkhani vs. Andy Ogle; Sultan Aliev vs. Kenny Robertson; Albert Tumenov vs. Nico Musoke. From Stockholm, Sweden.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents
    T.J. Dillashaw: Fearless The emergence of T.J. Dillashaw as a top-ranked fighter.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 183: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, Prelims
    From Las Vegas, Nevada.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Diaz; Melendez; Dos Anjos; Rousey - Joe Rogan ranks the most memorable moments from Nick Diaz's career; Gilbert Melendez gives insight into life inside MMA's most guarded team, the Skrap Pack; Rafael dos Anjos prepares for his bout at UFC 185; Ronda Rousey reveals her warrior code.

    12:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate - Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Miesha Tate discusses the fierceness of women fighters.

    1:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz – B.J. Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon. Go to training camps and the fight.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II - The first fight was a classic. The buildup to the rematch was intense. See how both men trained and the eventual outcome.

    6:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Diversion Part 2 - KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of WEC
    Knockouts - Kenda Perez presents head kicks and flying-fist finishes with Anthony Pettis, Jamie Varnier, Mike Brown and more.

    8:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Rebellion - KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from Lake of the Torches, Lac Du Flambeau, Wis.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Gustafsson vs. Johnson – Prelims - Konstantin Erokhin vs. Viktor Pesta; Anthony Christodoulou vs. Mairbek Taisumov; Stanislav Nedkov vs. Nikita Krylov; Makwan Amirkhani vs. Andy Ogle; Sultan Aliev vs. Kenny Robertson; Albert Tumenov vs. Nico Musoke. From Stockholm, Sweden.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Diversion Part 2 - KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight NightUFC: Gustafsson vs. Johnson
    Alexander Gustafsson will risk his No. 1 light heavyweight position when he takes on Anthony Johnson at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Rebellion - KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from Lake of the Torches, Lac Du Flambeau, Wis.

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  • Saturday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide





    Saturday



    3:00 a.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 371 - Bas Rutten, Kenny Rice and Ron Kruck discuss UFC 183; guests Vitor Belfort, Randy and Ryan Couture.

    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Night
    Gustafsson vs. Johnson - Sam Sicilia vs. Akira Corassani; Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis; Gegard Mousasi vs. Dan Henderson; Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson. From Stockholm, Sweden.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz - Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz prepare to return to the Octagon. Go behind the scenes as 'The Spider' works his way back and Diaz re-enters the spotlight. Tyron Woodley trains to face Kelvin Gastelum and lightweights Joe Lauzon vs. Al Iaquinta.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz - Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz prepare to return to the Octagon. Go behind the scenes as 'The Spider' works his way back and Diaz re-enters the spotlight. Tyron Woodley trains to face Kelvin Gastelum and lightweights Joe Lauzon vs. Al Iaquinta.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Miesha Tate discusses the fierceness of women fighters.

    11:30 a.m. ET Fox sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate - Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz - Anderson and Nick prepare to return to the octagon. After a broken leg, Silva enters the spotlight. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum, and lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz – B.J. Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon. Go to training camps and the fight.

    1:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II - The first fight was a classic. The buildup to the rematch was intense. See how both men trained and the eventual outcome.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Gustafsson vs. Johnson - Alexander Gustafsson will risk his No. 1 light heavyweight position when he takes on Anthony Johnson at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

    4:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Rising Stars - See the wild finishes that put up-and-coming fighters on the fast-track to becoming big stars. With Conor McGregor, Cat Zingano, Myles Jury, and more.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz – B.J. Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon. Go to training camps and the fight.

    5:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II - The first fight was a classic. The buildup to the rematch was intense. See how both men trained and the eventual outcome.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz - Anderson and Nick prepare to return to the octagon. After a broken leg, Silva enters the spotlight. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum, and lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Prefight Show
    UFC 183: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz From Las Vegas.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz – Prelims - Sara McMann vs. Miesha Tate; Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman; John Lineker vs. Ian McCall; Tom Watson vs. Rafael Natal. From Las Vegas.

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





    Friday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Rising
    Conor McGregor - Irishman, Conor McGregor. While his attitude makes the world take notice, explore how he backs it up, breaking down his best performances in The Film Room and his overwhelming athleticism in The Lab.

    3:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fighter's Cut
    Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez stage epic slugfest.

    5:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Diaz; Melendez; Dos Anjos; Rousey - Joe Rogan ranks the most memorable moments from Nick Diaz's career; Gilbert Melendez gives insight into life inside MMA's most guarded team, the Skrap Pack; Rafael dos Anjos prepares for his bout at UFC 185; Ronda Rousey reveals her warrior code.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz - Anderson and Nick prepare to return to the octagon. After a broken leg, Silva enters the spotlight. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum, and lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II - The first fight was a classic. The buildup to the rematch was intense. See how both men trained and the eventual outcome.

    11:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz – B.J. Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon. Go to training camps and the fight.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen - Anderson Silva defends his middleweight title against his biggest rival, Chael Sonnen; Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin, Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado, and Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz - Anderson and Nick prepare to return to the octagon. After a broken leg, Silva enters the spotlight. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum, and lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Miesha Tate discusses the fierceness of women fighters.

    2:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate - Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz – B.J. Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon. Go to training camps and the fight.

    3:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II - The first fight was a classic. The buildup to the rematch was intense. See how both men trained and the eventual outcome.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar - Anderson Silva, moves up in weight to challenge Stephan Bonnar. Plus, Alistair Overeem vs Antonio Bigfoot Silva and T.J. Grant vs. Evan Dunham.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II - The first fight was a classic. The buildup to the rematch was intense. See how both men trained and the eventual outcome.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC 183: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz From Las Vegas.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz - Anderson and Nick prepare to return to the octagon. After a broken leg, Silva enters the spotlight. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum, and lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Night
    Gustafsson vs. Johnson - Sam Sicilia vs. Akira Corassani; Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis; Gegard Mousasi vs. Dan Henderson; Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson. From Stockholm, Sweden.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: AXS TV Fights Ces MMA XXVII
    Chuck O'Neil fights Emmanual Walo for the welterweight title; Julian Lane meets Lucas Cruz for the lightweight title; live from Lincoln, R. I.

    11:00 p.m. ET Spike TV: Mike Tyson's Countdown
    Glory Heavyweight World Championship- Retired professional boxer Mike Tyson makes his debut as Glory Kickboxing analyst and host; exploring the rivalry between Rico Verhoeven and Errol Zimmerman.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Gustafsson vs. Johnson - Alexander Gustafsson will risk his No. 1 light heavyweight position when he takes on Anthony Johnson at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

    11:30 p.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 371 - Bas Rutten, Kenny Rice and Ron Kruck discuss UFC 183; guests Vitor Belfort, Randy and Ryan Couture.

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





    Thursday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Fighting Spirit MMA
    Compilations of international MMA fights from ONE FC, UCMMA, KSW, WFC, FFC, BAMMA, EFC Africa and more.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 63
    December 31, 2013. Features Stevie Ray vs. Ivan Buchinger for the lightweight title, plus Jim Alers vs. Graham Turner for the featherweight title from Dublin, Ireland.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Fight News Now: MMA Edition
    Fight Network's staple news program covering all things mixed martial arts with the latest news, features, interviews and previews.

    9:30 a.m. ET Fight Network: Ultimate Challenge MMA 30: Towler vs. Lake
    October 6, 2012. Features Darren Towler vs. Dayman Lake from The Troxy in London, U.K.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate - Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Miesha Tate discusses the fierceness of women fighters.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar - Anderson Silva, moves up in weight to challenge Stephan Bonnar. Plus, Alistair Overeem vs Antonio Bigfoot Silva and TJ Grant vs. Evan Dunham.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen - Anderson Silva defends his middleweight title against his biggest rival, Chael Sonnen; Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin, Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado, and Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Championship Fighting Alliance
    Professional mixed martial arts from Florida featuring the likes of Josh Sampo, Mike Kyle, John Howard, Sean McCorkle, Luis Palomino and more.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Enfusion Season 3
    Fighters from 18 different countries compete in the 85kg MAX category in Ohrid, Macedonia as they live and train together in their quest for a kickboxing title.

    4:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Diaz; Melendez; Dos Anjos; Rousey - Joe Rogan ranks the most memorable moments from Nick Diaz's career; Gilbert Melendez gives insight into life inside MMA's most guarded team, the Skrap Pack; Rafael dos Anjos prepares for his bout at UFC 185; Ronda Rousey reveals her warrior code.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Fight News Now: MMA Edition
    Fight Network's staple news program covering all things mixed martial arts with the latest news, features, interviews and previews.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Greg Cohen Boxing: Rainone vs. McNickles
    November 13, 2014. Features Tommy Rainone vs. Carl McNickles, Jarrell Miller vs. Rodricka Ray and Dennis Hogan vs. Jose Miguel Berrio from Westbury, N.Y

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz – B.J. Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon. Go to training camps and the fight.

    8:00 p.m. ET UFC Countdown
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz - Anderson and Nick prepare to return to the octagon. After a broken leg, Silva enters the spotlight. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum, and lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Diaz; Melendez; Dos Anjos; Rousey - Joe Rogan ranks the most memorable moments from Nick Diaz's career; Gilbert Melendez gives insight into life inside MMA's most guarded team, the Skrap Pack; Rafael dos Anjos prepares for his bout at UFC 185; Ronda Rousey reveals her warrior code.

    9:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Miesha Tate discusses the fierceness of women fighters.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Hunt vs. Bigfoot - Bethe Correia vs. Julie Kedzie; Clint Hester vs. Dylan Andrews; Soa Palelei vs. Pat Barry; Anthony Perosh vs. Ryan Bader; James Te Huna vs. Mauricio Rua; Antonio Silva vs. Mark Hunt. From Brisbane, Australia.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Pancrase Classics
    Classic pioneering mixed martial arts battles featuring Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen and more.

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





    Wednesday



    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Diversion Part 2 - KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz – B.J. Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon. Go to training camps and the fight.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Rumble in the Cage 50
    October 18, 2014. Features Brandt Dewsberry vs. Tyler O'Brien and Derek Boyle vs. Shawn Fitzsimmons from Lethbridge, AB

    5:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II - The first fight was a classic. The buildup to the rematch was intense. See how both men trained and the eventual outcome.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fight Network: Rumble in the Cage 50
    October 18, 2014. Features Brandt Dewsberry vs. Tyler O'Brien and Derek Boyle vs. Shawn Fitzsimmons from Lethbridge, AB

    11:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate - Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II - The first fight was a classic. The buildup to the rematch was intense. See how both men trained and the eventual outcome.

    12:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz – B.J. Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon. Go to training camps and the fight.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen - Anderson Silva defends his middleweight title against his biggest rival, Chael Sonnen; Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin, Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado, and Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes II - Prelims
    Jose Aldo takes on Chad Mendes in the title fight. Also: Phil Davis vs. Glover Teixeira. From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Cage Rage, Best of
    Features classic fights from the U.K.-based Cage Rage organization with Anderson Silva, Antonio Silva, Vitor Belfort, Paul Daley and more.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz - Anderson and Nick prepare to return to the octagon. After a broken leg, Silva enters the spotlight. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum, and lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Fighting Spirit MMA
    Compilations of international MMA fights from ONE FC, UCMMA, KSW, WFC, FFC, BAMMA, EFC Africa and more.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 63
    December 31, 2013. Features Stevie Ray vs. Ivan Buchinger for the lightweight title, plus Jim Alers vs. Graham Turner for the featherweight title from Dublin, Ireland.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: MMA Meltdown with Gabriel Morency
    MMA talk radio show with the hottest guests in the industry hosted by Gabriel Morency.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz - Anderson and Nick prepare to return to the octagon. After a broken leg, Silva enters the spotlight. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum, and lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

    10:30 p.m. ET Fight Network: Ultimate Challenge MMA 30 Towler vs. Lake
    October 6, 2012. Features Darren Towler vs. Dayman Lake from The Troxy in London, U.K.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 13 Episode 4: A Bad Dream - The other fighters question Ramsey's toughness; UFC Welterweight legend Matt Hughes visits.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz – B.J. Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon. Go to training camps and the fight.

    11:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II - The first fight was a classic. The buildup to the rematch was intense. See how both men trained and the eventual outcome.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz - Anderson and Nick prepare to return to the octagon. After a broken leg, Silva enters the spotlight. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum, and lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

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





    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Cage Rage, Best of
    Features classic fights from the U.K.-based Cage Rage organization with Anderson Silva, Antonio Silva, Vitor Belfort, Paul Daley and more.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Fighting Spirit MMA
    Compilations of international MMA fights from ONE FC, UCMMA, KSW, WFC, FFC, BAMMA, EFC Africa and more.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 62
    December 7, 2013. Features Curt Warburton vs. Wesley Murch from Newcastle, U.K.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale – Prelims Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 165: Jon Jones faces Alexander Gustafsson.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Ultimate Challenge MMA 29: Vassell vs. Chapman
    August 18, 2012. Features Linton Vassell vs. Nick Chapman from The Troxy in London, U.K.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Rua vs. Henderson - The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Shogun Rua vs Dan Henderson, Alexander Gustafsson vs Vladimir Matyushenko, and Rogerio Nogueira vs Tito Ortiz.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Alexander Gustafsson vs.Anthony Johnson

    12:00 p.m. ET Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 62
    December 7, 2013. Features Curt Warburton vs. Wesley Murch from Newcastle, U.K.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Championship Fighting Alliance
    Professional mixed martial arts from Florida featuring the likes of Josh Sampo, Mike Kyle, John Howard, Sean McCorkle, Luis Palomino and more.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Enfusion Season 3
    Fighters from 18 different countries compete in the 85kg MAX category in Ohrid, Macedonia as they live and train together in their quest for a kickboxing title.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: DEEP: Jewels 6
    November 3, 2014. Features Seo Hee Ham vs. Saori Ishioka and Emi Fujino vs. Ayaka Miura in all-women's MMA action from Tokyo, Japan.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    UFC 182

    8:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Fighting Rookies
    Aspiring kickboxers climb the ladder of success in the sport as rookies compete for a chance to become professionals and get experience needed to succeed at a higher level.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: It's Showtime Special
    The world's premier kickboxing organization featuring Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef and Giorgio Petrosyan.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Alexander Gustafsson vs.Anthony Johnson

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of UFC 2014


    11:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Pancrase Classics
    Classic pioneering mixed martial arts battles featuring Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen and more.

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





    Saturday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Best Of TKO
    TKO Major League MMA is a Canadian mixed martial arts organization, the biggest MMA promotion in Canada. It has a close working relationship with the UFC and is currently the only promotion that uses a UFC-spec Octagon cage to stage bouts. Notable TKO fighters include Georges St. Pierre, Patrick Cote, David Loiseau, Sam Stout and Mark Hominick. TKO continues to be a leader in mixed martial arts in Canada and has proven to offer fights and fighters at a world-class level equal to Pride FC and the UFC.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Best Of Gladiator Challenge
    Gladiator Challenge is a world-class mixed martial arts promotion established in 1999 by Tedd Williams. Gladiator Challenge runs 12-18 MMA events per year, and has featured MMA superstars Uriah Faber, Quinton Jackson, James Irvin, Tyson Griffin, “Sugar” Rashad Evans, Scott Smith, “The Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia, Joe Stevenson, Mac Danzig, Dan Severn, Jerry Bohlander, “Krazy Horse” Charles Bennett, Chris Leben, Chael Sonnen, Jake Shields, “The Secret Weapon” Pete Spratt, Nate Quarry, Jason Lambert, Bobby Hoffman, and Cal Worsham, among many others.

    4:00 a.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 370 - Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice discuss WSOF 17 and UFC Fight Night 59; Pat Miletich and Ron Kruck recap Legacy Kickboxing.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Best of DEEP
    Features classic fights from the historic Japanese DEEP promotion including Shinya Aoki, Hayato Sakurai, Gegard Mousasi.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Rising
    Conor McGregor - Irishman, Conor McGregor. While his attitude makes the world take notice, explore how he backs it up, breaking down his best performances in The Film Room and his overwhelming athleticism in The Lab.

    5:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fighter's Cut
    Conor McGregor - The Notorious Conor McGregor offers a first hand perspective inside the octagon, as he revisits his meteoric rise to MMA stardom.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Best of Jewels
    Classic fights from the all-female Japanese MMA league Jewels.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fighter's Cut
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  • CM’s No ‘Punk’: Newly Signed Pro Wrestler Wanted to Face Chael Sonnen in UFC Debut By: C.J. Tuttle




    If Phil Brooks had his way, he would have fought Chael Sonnen in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut.

    While it’s unknown who CM Punk will fight when he finally does set foot inside the Octagon in 2015, it’s also remains a mystery which weight class he will compete in and where he will hone his fighting skills.

    But things could have been much clearer if Sonnen had agreed to the matchup, which it’s safe to say would have likely moved the needle.



    It remains unclear if Sonnen declined the bout, or if the UFC would even have him back after his two-year ban from the Nevada Athletic Commission. But the situation is further clouded by the fact that Sonnen and Brooks have maintained a very public friendship for quite some time, to the point where the former World Wrestling Entertainment champion was going to walk Sonnen to the cage prior to his fight at UFC on FOX 2.

    For the time being, the speculation around Punk and his UFC debut continues to swirl, but if the 36-year-old was willing to fight someone the likes of Sonnen, one can only imagine who he ultimately ends up competing against.

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