Daron Cruickshank's Blogs

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





    Thursday



    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Johny Hendricks - The untold story of UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks' Native American heritage.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Presents
    The All American Chris Weidman - Chris Weidman's rise from obscurity.

    11:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux – Prelims From the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux From the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 10: So Real It's Unreal - Dana makes a surprise visit to the gym for a shocking announcement; James Vick vs. Joe Proctor; Justin Lawrence vs. Michael Chiesa.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 11: Like a Spartan - Chris Saunders battles through emotional issues as he prepares to face Vinc Pichel; Faber teammates square off when Andy Ogle takes on Al Iaquinta.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 12: EPISODE: 12 - Tickle and Cruickshank get violent in the house; Dana makes a surprise announcement; Vick takes on Chiesa; Pichel faces Laquinta.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents Benson Henderson: Rising Up
    Benson Henderson's mother, brother, girlfriend, coach and Benson, himself, reveal the motivations and desires that drive him.

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





    Tuesday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 144: Relive the action from UFC 144 Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Jones vs. Machida -The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida, Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone, Bart Palaszewski vs. Tyson Griffin, and Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 10: So Real It's Unreal Dana makes a surprise visit to the gym for a shocking announcement; James Vick vs. Joe Proctor; Justin Lawrence vs. Michael Chiesa.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 11: Like a Spartan Chris Saunders battles through emotional issues as he prepares to face Vinc Pichel; Faber teammates square off when Andy Ogle takes on Al Iaquinta.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 12: EPISODE: 12 Tickle and Cruickshank get violent in the house; Dana makes a surprise announcement; Vick takes on Chiesa; Pichel faces Laquinta.

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


    9:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Submissions


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


    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks - One of UFC's best pound-for-pound fighters, Georges St.Pierre, has been unbeaten for six years. Montreal's finest will face Johny Hendricks, a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion with one-punch knockout power.

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





    Wednesday



    3:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Behind-the-scenes of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Middleweight Title Timeline Three pivotal fights that changed the face of the middleweight division.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    International Fight Week T.J. Dillashaw unlocks on the Warrior Code that made him a UFC Champion.

    6:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    8:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson Enhanced replay of a memorable title fight.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Lawler vs. Brown - Prelims
    Brian Ortega vs. Mike de la Torre; Tim Means vs. Hernani Perpetuo; Patrick Cummins vs. Kyle Kingsbury; Jorge Masvidal vs. Daron Cruickshank. From San Jose. Calif.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    12:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC Rio: Jose Aldo defends his Featherweight title against undefeated Chad Mendes.

    3:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 7: Weather the Storm Cruz gives Chris Tickle an earful following his loss; the coaches get into a heated exchange; Andy Ogle has an emotional breakdown during practice; Vinc Pichel and John Cofer face off in the sixth preliminary fight.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    International Fight Week T.J. Dillashaw unlocks on the Warrior Code that made him a UFC Champion.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Middleweight Title Timeline Three pivotal fights that changed the face of the middleweight division.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Lawler vs. Brown
    Bobby Green vs. Josh Thomson; Dennis Bermudez vs. Clay Guida; Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Anthony Johnson; Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown. From San Jose, Calif.

    9:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

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





    Tuesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Behind-the-scenes of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC Rio: Jose Aldo defends his Featherweight title against undefeated Chad Mendes.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    International Fight Week T.J. Dillashaw unlocks on the Warrior Code that made him a UFC Champion.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Lawler vs. Brown - Prelims
    Brian Ortega vs. Mike de la Torre; Tim Means vs. Hernani Perpetuo; Patrick Cummins vs. Kyle Kingsbury; Jorge Masvidal vs. Daron Cruickshank. From San Jose. Calif.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Lawler vs. Brown
    Bobby Green vs. Josh Thomson; Dennis Bermudez vs. Clay Guida; Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Anthony Johnson; Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown. From San Jose, Calif.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage Alliance
    KOTC championship mixed martial arts competition from the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Featuring Danielle Taylor vs. Jillian Lybarger in the main event. From May 26, 2014.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Lawler vs. Brown
    Bobby Green vs. Josh Thomson; Dennis Bermudez vs. Clay Guida; Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Anthony Johnson; Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown. From San Jose, Calif.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage Alliance
    KOTC championship mixed martial arts competition from the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Featuring Danielle Taylor vs. Jillian Lybarger in the main event. From May 26, 2014.

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage Future Legends 23, Part 2
    KOTC championship mixed martial arts competition from Albuquerque, N.M. Featuring Brent James vs. Victor Orquiz in the main event. From May 24, 2014.

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  • Podcast: Daron Cruickshank, Russell Doane By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio Network on Wednesday for another edition of “Beatdown.” Joining them were UFC fighters Daron Cruickshank and Russell Doane.

    Cruickshank finds himself back inside the UFC's octagon next Saturday night when he faces Jorge Masvidal. "The Detroit Superstar" talks about the upcoming match, his ability to knock people out in exciting fashion, and where a potential win over Masvidal will put him inside the lightweight division.

    Doane shares his thoughts on his recent split-decision victory over Marcus Brimage. The Hawaiian talks about growing up on "The Rock," his success inside the UFC, and what he would like to accomplish during before 2014 is over.

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





    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 5: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Too Salty Team Penn gets a lecture on overtraining.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Trilogy: Liddell vs. Couture Three classic fights between Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Chuck Liddell/Randy Couture Chuck Liddell vs. Randy Couture; Mike Swick vs. Steve Vigneault.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Brown vs. Silva – Prelims Johnny Eduardo vs. Eddie Wineland, bantamweight bout; Zak Cummings vs. Yan Cabral, welterweight bout; Darrell Montague vs. Kyoji Horiguchi, flyweight bout; Rafael Natal vs. Ed Herman, middleweight bout. From Cincinnati.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    Fighters Cut - Anthony Pettis Pettis relives his first round finishes.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    T.J. Dillashaw, Chris Holdsworth and Matt Grice.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    T.J. Dillashaw, Chris Holdsworth and Matt Grice.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman UFC 162 made history in July of 2013 when longtime champion and future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva first took on undefeated Chris Weidman.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Boxing
    Antonio Orozco vs. Martin Honorio Orozco takes on Honorio in the main event. From Carson, Calif.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Chuck Liddell/Randy Couture Chuck Liddell vs. Randy Couture; Mike Swick vs. Steve Vigneault.

    11:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Rampage vs. King Mo: Winner Takes All
    Two of the top light heavyweights in the world over the past 10 years finally meet in the cage to settle a score that's been building for almost a decade.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Brown vs. Silva Louis Smolka vs. Chris Cariaso; Ruan Potts vs. Soa Palelei; Tim Means vs. Neil Magny; Daron Cruickshank vs. Erik Koch; Lorenz Larkin vs. Costas Philippou; Erick Silva vs. Matt Brown. From Cincinnati.

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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 KOTC MMA University, Part 1 KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Main event - Rosales vs. Lilley. From March 30, 2014.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of WEC Finishes Knockouts, submissions and memorable finishes in the WEC.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Louis Smolka vs. Chris Cariaso; Ruan Potts vs. Soa Palelei; Tim Means vs. Neil Magny; Daron Cruickshank vs. Erik Koch; Lorenz Larkin vs. Costas Philippou; Erick Silva vs. Matt Brown. From Cincinnati.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Trilogy: Liddell vs. Couture Three classic fights between Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture.

    7:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    9:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 4: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Stand and Bang Team Penn tries to continue its winning streak.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 5: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Too Salty Team Penn gets a lecture on overtraining.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

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





    Saturday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC: Matt Brown vs. Erik Silva From Cincinnati, Ohio.

    4:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida, Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone, Bart Palaszewski vs. Tyson Griffin, and Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz.

    8:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 143: Nick Diaz takes on Carlos Condit for the Interim title.

    11:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga
    Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche; Bobby Voelker vs. Robbie Lawler; Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald; John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Seattle.

    1:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Fastest Knockouts Fastest finishes in MMA history.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Prefight Show
    UFC Fight Night: Matt Brown vs. Erik Silva From Cincinnati.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Brown vs. Silva – Prelims Johnny Eduardo vs. Eddie Wineland, bantamweight bout; Zak Cummings vs. Yan Cabral, welterweight bout; Darrell Montague vs. Kyoji Horiguchi, flyweight bout; Rafael Natal vs. Ed Herman, middleweight bout. From Cincinnati.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Preliminary Fights
    Johnny Eduardo vs. Eddie Wineland, bantamweight bout; Zak Cummings vs. Yan Cabral, welterweight bout; Darrell Montague vs. Kyoji Horiguchi, flyweight bout; Rafael Natal vs. Ed Herman, middleweight bout. From Cincinnati.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Night
    Louis Smolka vs. Chris Cariaso; Ruan Potts vs. Soa Palelei; Tim Means vs. Neil Magny; Daron Cruickshank vs. Erik Koch; Lorenz Larkin vs. Costas Philippou; Erick Silva vs. Matt Brown. From Cincinnati.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Fight Night
    Louis Smolka vs. Chris Cariaso; Ruan Potts vs. Soa Palelei; Tim Means vs. Neil Magny; Daron Cruickshank vs. Erik Koch; Lorenz Larkin vs. Costas Philippou; Erick Silva vs. Matt Brown. From Cincinnati.

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  • Beatdown: Cruickshank, Ortiz, Gaethje, Sefo By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood were back for Wednesday’s edition of “Beatdown” on the Sherdog Radio Network. Joining them were mixed martial artists Daron Cruickshank, Dustin Ortiz, Justin Gaethje and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.

    Justin Gaethje has been on preparing for a carousel of opponents for his WSOF lightweight title fight. The Colorado based fighter was originally set to rematch Gesias Cavalcante on January 18th. The Brazilian fell out do to injury and was replaced by Lewis Gonzalez. Gonzalez was then injured and now it is Richard Patishnock that is scheduled to face Gaethje next Saturday night in Florida. Justin joined “Beatdown” Wednesday to discuss the latest opponent change, how his training has gone, and how he feels about vying for the inaugural WSOF lightweight title. Gaethje also chats about his personal experience with Georges St. Pierre and how he feels about GSP leaving mixed martial arts for an indefinite period of time.

    Daron Cruickshank returns to the UFC’s octagon part of the UFC Fight Night 35 card. “Detroit Superstar” joined De Santis and Sherwood to discuss his lightweight affair with Mike Rio. Cruickshank breaks down the fight, if this is a loser leaves town match, and where his head is at coming in to the match.

    Dustin Ortiz proved victorious in Brazil last November in his UFC debut. The flyweight has now drawn former title challenger John Moraga for his UFC sophomore effort. Ortiz chatted with TJ and Jeff to discuss the fight, getting upgraded to the main card from the prelims, and how he feels the landscape of flyweight looks right now in mixed martial arts. The RofusSport pupil also discusses what he will have to do to earn a shot at UFC champion Demetrious Johnson.

    World Series of Fighting has made waves this week when matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz went on MMAFighting.com’s “The MMA Hour” and suggested that Bellator and WSOF co-promote a pay-per-view with a promotion vs promotion card. President Ray Sefo joined “Beatdown” Wednesday to chat about the call out, the promotions upcoming January 18th card, and what the NBC Sports Network based promotion will try to accomplish in 2014. Sefo also speaks about his aspirations of a world grand prix type format which would include a one night tournament.

    TJ and Jeff also discuss Dominick Cruz’s latest injury and title vacation, his future in fighting, and what this means for UFC bantamweights. The guys also discuss the chatter of Anderson Silva vs. GSP, and they take listener predictions via “The Go Daddy Hotline.”

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



    Sunday



    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale: Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen Postfight show for The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale: Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen Postfight show for The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale: Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen Postfight show for The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale: Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen Postfight show for The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale: Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen Postfight show for The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

    8:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 19
    The best collection of knock outs ever caught on camera and featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    9:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    11:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 158: Georges St.Pierre vs. Nick Diaz - Prelims
    Patrick Cote vs. Bobby Voelker; Darren Elkins vs. Antonio Carvalho; Jordan Mein vs. Dan Miller; Daron Cruickshank vs. John Makdessi. From Montreal.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale – Review Highlights from The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale: Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox: UFC Road to the Octagon: UFC on FOX 7


    5:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 124

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Prelims


    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night Episode 21: Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard
    Nate Quarry vs. Tim Credeur; Roger Huerta vs. Gray Maynard.

    8:00 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.

    8:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    9:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    10:00 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.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 13: Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Finale Two finalists enter the octagon to determine who will walk away with a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a 6-figure UFC contract.

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