Erik Koch's Blogs

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



    Sunday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Fighters that successfully transition from UFC to Pride.

    8:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 10
    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: Classics Vol. 11
    A historic collection of matchups.

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


    1:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: Ultimate Answers
    UFC fighters' takes on topics from the hard-hitting to the totally random.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic
    Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic; Dan Hardy vs. Amir Sadollah; Brad Pickett vs. Yves Jabouin; Paul Sass vs. Matt Wiman; John Hathaway vs. John Maguire; Che Mills vs. Duane Ludwig. From Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. (Card subject to change)

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Jon Jones, Jon Jones & Rashad Evans face-off looking ahead to UFC 145; All access with Jones and Evans.

    5:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Primetime
    Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

    8:00 p.m. ET The Score: Bellator Fight Night
    Bellator Fighting Championships is the world’s fastest growing MMA organization. “Bellator” is Latin for warrior and was created by sports marketing visionary Bjorn Rebney. The core belief of the organization is that title shots must be earned, not given. Fighters compete in single-elimination tournaments for a shot at the Bellator title and a $100,000 prize.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 2: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Ambush Fourteen middleweights move into the house and training begins; a fighter gets emotional after his team shows serious doubts about his readiness; two fighters face off in the first preliminary fight.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 3: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Embrace the Suffering A fighter responds after being called out; coach Sonnen gives advice to a fighter lacking confidence; coach Jones bonds with his team during a house visit; two fighters deliver explosive action.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Johnson vs. Dodson
    Demetrious Johnson takes on John Dodson for the flyweight title; Quinton Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira; Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone; Ricardo Lamas vs. Erik Koch. From Chicago.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 3: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Embrace the Suffering A fighter responds after being called out; coach Sonnen gives advice to a fighter lacking confidence; coach Jones bonds with his team during a house visit; two fighters deliver explosive action.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 3: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Embrace the Suffering A fighter responds after being called out; coach Sonnen gives advice to a fighter lacking confidence; coach Jones bonds with his team during a house visit; two fighters deliver explosive action.

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



    Saturday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    UFC News for the week of February 5.

    3:00 a.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 278 A look ahead to a busy month of fights; Ron Kruck talks with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

    3:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Jon Jones, Jon Jones & Rashad Evans face-off looking ahead to UFC 145; All access with Jones and Evans.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar - Prelims
    From Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Behind the scenes at Alistair Overeem's photo shoot; 24 year old Erik Koch; Rashad Evans defines the warrior code; Anthony Pettis shows off his signatures moves.

    8:30 a.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

    9:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Jon Jones, Jon Jones & Rashad Evans face-off looking ahead to UFC 145; All access with Jones and Evans.

    9:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Primetime
    UFC 157 Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

    11:00 a.m. ET FX: UFC Primetime
    UFC 157 Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

    12:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 135: Jon Jones vs Quinton Jackson and Matt Hughes vs Josh Koscheck.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: World MMA Awards
    In the fifth annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards, the silver statuette is bestowed on some the planet's best fighters.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Primetime
    UFC 157 Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    UFC News for the week of February 5.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 3: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Embrace the Suffering A fighter responds after being called out; coach Sonnen gives advice to a fighter lacking confidence; coach Jones bonds with his team during a house visit; two fighters deliver explosive action.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Fighters that successfully transition from UFC to Pride.

    8:00 p.m. ET The Score: Bellator Fight Night
    Bellator Fighting Championships is the world’s fastest growing MMA organization. “Bellator” is Latin for warrior and was created by sports marketing visionary Bjorn Rebney. The core belief of the organization is that title shots must be earned, not given. Fighters compete in single-elimination tournaments for a shot at the Bellator title and a $100,000 prize.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck; Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 135: Jon Jones vs Quinton Jackson and Matt Hughes vs Josh Koscheck.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Primetime
    UFC 157 Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Primetime
    UFC 157 Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

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



    Wednesday



    5:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC From All Angles
    Middleweight Michael Bisping.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 1: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen - Enter the Octagon Twenty-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.

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 2: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Ambush Fourteen middleweights move into the house and training begins; a fighter gets emotional after his team shows serious doubts about his readiness; two fighters face off in the first preliminary fight.

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Vitor Belfort gained a 2nd one in the Blackzilians; Urijah Faber celebrates Christmas; Joe Rogan riffs on the upcoming season; Anthony Pettis watches Octagonside.

    10:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Behind the scenes at Alistair Overeem's photo shoot; 24 year old Erik Koch; Rashad Evans defines the warrior code; Anthony Pettis shows off his signatures moves.

    11:00 a.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

    11:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Jon Jones, Jon Jones & Rashad Evans face-off looking ahead to UFC 145; All access with Jones and Evans.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    UFC News for the week of February 5.

    2:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Jon Jones, Jon Jones & Rashad Evans face-off looking ahead to UFC 145; All access with Jones and Evans.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar - Prelims
    From Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The Brazilian Top Team The best of the greatest submission team in Pride.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 2: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Ambush Fourteen middleweights move into the house and training begins; a fighter gets emotional after his team shows serious doubts about his readiness; two fighters face off in the first preliminary fight.

    6:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 11
    A historic collection of matchups.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    UFC News for the week of February 5.

    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Jon Jones, Jon Jones & Rashad Evans face-off looking ahead to UFC 145; All access with Jones and Evans.

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


    8:00 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.

    8:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 11
    A historic collection of matchups.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 10
    The best collection of knock outs ever caught on camera and featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

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


    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: World MMA Awards
    In the fifth annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards, the silver statuette is bestowed on some the planet's best fighters.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: 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.

    11:30 p.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 10
    The best collection of knock outs ever caught on camera and featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Lyoto Machida vs. Quinton Jackson; Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig; Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida.

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



    Sunday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Demetrious Johnson vs. Dodson Demetrious Johnson takes on John Dodson for the flyweight title; Quinton Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira; Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone; Ricardo Lamas vs. Erik Koch. From Chicago.

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show Postfight show for UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, featuring Jay Glazer and top MMA analysts.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show Postfight show for UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, featuring Jay Glazer and top MMA analysts.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show Postfight show for UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, featuring Jay Glazer and top MMA analysts.

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show Postfight show for UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, featuring Jay Glazer and top MMA analysts.

    8:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 9 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 FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show Postfight show for UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, featuring Jay Glazer and top MMA analysts.

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

    11:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 10 A historic collection of matchups.

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

    1:00 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.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight Highlights from featherweight championship UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar.

    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.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Episode 1: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen - Enter the Octagon Twenty-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.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Episode 2: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Ambush Fourteen middleweights move into the house and training begins; a fighter gets emotional after his team shows serious doubts about his readiness; two fighters face off in the first preliminary fight.

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

    3:30 a..m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Central Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    3:30 a.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

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson Demetrious Johnson takes on John Dodson for the flyweight title; Quinton Jackson vs. Glovier Teixeira; Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone; Ricardo Lamas vs. Erik Koch. From Chicago.

    8:00 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.

    12:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded UFC 145: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight Preview of all the official news, views, and action for UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar.

    3:30 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

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson Demetrious Johnson takes on John Dodson for the flyweight title; Quinton Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira; Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone; Ricardo Lamas vs. Erik Koch. From Chicago.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Deportes: UFC Unleashed Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Deportes: UFC Unleashed Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar Weigh-in From Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

    7:00 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 Fox Deportes: UFC Countdown UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Deportes: UFC 156 Preliminaries UFC 156 Prelims From Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Gleison Tibau vs. Evan Dunham, Tyron Woodley vs. Jay Hieron, Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg, Jacob Volkmann vs. Bobby Green

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Preliminary Fights UFC 156 Prelims From Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Gleison Tibau vs. Evan Dunham, Tyron Woodley vs. Jay Hieron, Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg, Jacob Volkmann vs. Bobby Green

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Preliminary Fights UFC 156 Prelims From Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Gleison Tibau vs. Evan Dunham, Tyron Woodley vs. Jay Hieron, Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg, Jacob Volkmann vs. Bobby Green

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Preliminary Fights UFC 156 Prelims From Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Gleison Tibau vs. Evan Dunham, Tyron Woodley vs. Jay Hieron, Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg, Jacob Volkmann vs. Bobby Green

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Preliminary Fights UFC 156 Prelims From Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Gleison Tibau vs. Evan Dunham, Tyron Woodley vs. Jay Hieron, Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg, Jacob Volkmann vs. Bobby Green

    8:00 p.m. ET FX: UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar - Prelims UFC 156 Prelims From Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Gleison Tibau vs. Evan Dunham, Tyron Woodley vs. Jay Hieron, Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg, Jacob Volkmann vs. Bobby Green

    9:00 p.m. ET PPV: UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall, Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia, Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva, Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar

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



    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Countdown
    UFC 156 Countdown Leading up to UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar with in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

    3:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 10
    A historic collection of matchups.

    3:30 a.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    4:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Countdown
    UFC 156 Countdown Leading up to UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar with in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 9
    The best collection of knock outs ever caught on camera and featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 1: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen - Enter the Octagon Twenty-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.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    Welterweights II Jay Glazer sits down and gets personal with the UFC's top welterweight fighters.

    6:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Vitor Belfort gained a 2nd one in the Blackzilians; Urijah Faber celebrates Christmas; Joe Rogan riffs on the upcoming season; Anthony Pettis watches Octagonside.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Behind the scenes at Alistair Overeem's photo shoot; 24 year old Erik Koch; Rashad Evans defines the warrior code; Anthony Pettis shows off his signatures moves.

    7:30 a.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

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 143: Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit Prelims
    The next generation of UFC stars in a night of unforgettable action.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview of all the official news, views, and action for UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar.

    4:30 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

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 145: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview of all the official news, views, and action for UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar.

    8:30 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

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The Brazilian Top Team The best of the greatest submission team in Pride.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Lyoto Machida vs. Quinton Jackson; Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig; Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida.

    10:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    EPISODE: 3 Lightweight Tournament quarterfinals: Guillaume DeLorenzi vs. Patricky Freire; Lloyd Woodard vs. Dave Rickels; Thiago Michel vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy; Will Brooks vs. Ricardo Tirloni. From Mount Pleasant, Mich.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 2: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Ambush Fourteen middleweights move into the house and training begins; a fighter gets emotional after his team shows serious doubts about his readiness; two fighters face off in the first preliminary fight.

    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.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown
    Leading up to UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar with in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

    12:00 a.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    EPISODE: 3 Lightweight Tournament quarterfinals: Guillaume DeLorenzi vs. Patricky Freire; Lloyd Woodard vs. David Rickels; Thiago Michel vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy; Will Brooks vs. Ricardo Tirloni. From Mount Pleasant, Mich.

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



    Saturday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview all the official news, views, and action for FOX 6: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson.

    3:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Overeem; Koch; Evans; Pettis Behind the scenes at Alistair Overeem's photo shoot; 24 year old Erik Koch; Rashad Evans defines the warrior code; Anthony Pettis shows off his signatures moves.

    3:30 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen - Enter the Octagon Twenty-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.

    3:30 a.m. ET Sportsnet West: The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen - Enter the Octagon Twenty-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.

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 276 Preview of the UFC and Lion Fight Muay Thai events; interviews with Dana White and Quinton Jackson.

    5:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC on FX 7: Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping
    Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping; C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian; Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell; Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov. From Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    8:00 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.

    8:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Overeem; Koch; Evans; Pettis Behind the scenes at Alistair Overeem's photo shoot; 24 year old Erik Koch; Rashad Evans defines the warrior code; Anthony Pettis shows off his signatures moves.

    9:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC on FOX 6: Road to the Octagon
    UFC's main event fighters train for their upcoming bout inside the Octagon on January 26th.

    12:00 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.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC on FOX 6: Road to the Octagon
    UFC's main event fighters train for their upcoming bout inside the Octagon on January 26th.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson Weigh-in
    From United Center in Chicago.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Preliminary Fights: UFC Live Prelims
    Pascal Krauss vs. Mike Stumpf; Shawn Jordan vs. Mike Russow; Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Ryan Bader; Josh Janousek vs. Michael Kuiper; Hatsu Hioki vs. Clay Guida; Matt Wiman vs. T.J. Grant. From Chicago.

    5:00 p.m. ET UFC: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson Preliminaries
    Pascal Krauss vs. Mike Stumpf; Shawn Jordan vs. Mike Russow; Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Ryan Bader; Josh Janousek vs. Michael Kuiper; Hatsu Hioki vs. Clay Guida; Matt Wiman vs. TJ Grant. From Chicago.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Live Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson


    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    UFC: Postfight show for FOX 6: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson, featuring Jay Glazer and top MMA analysts.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    Postfight show for FOX 6: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson, featuring Jay Glazer and top MMA analysts.

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



    Friday



    3:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: Ultimate Answers
    UFC fighters' takes on topics from the hard-hitting to the totally random.

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC on FX 7: Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping
    Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping; C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian; Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell; Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov. From Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC on FX 7: Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping
    Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping; C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian; Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell; Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov. From Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Overeem; Koch; Evans; Pettis Behind the scenes at Alistair Overeem's photo shoot; 24 year old Erik Koch; Rashad Evans defines the warrior code; Anthony Pettis shows off his signatures moves.

    3:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview all the official news, views, and action for FOX 6: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC on FOX 6: Road to the Octagon
    UFC's main event fighters train for their upcoming bout inside the Octagon on January 26th.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson Weigh-in
    From United Center in Chicago.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross 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)

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC on FX 7: Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping
    Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping; C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian; Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell; Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov. From Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    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 AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 276 Preview of the UFC and Lion Fight Muay Thai events; interviews with Dana White and Quinton Jackson.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC on FOX 6: Road to the Octagon
    UFC's main event fighters train for their upcoming bout inside the Octagon on January 26th.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight Preview all the official news, views, and action for FOX 6: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson.

    11:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider Overeem; Koch; Evans; Pettis Behind the scenes at Alistair Overeem's photo shoot; 24 year old Erik Koch; Rashad Evans defines the warrior code; Anthony Pettis shows off his signatures moves.

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  • Koch Wants Mendes Rematch ‘More Than Anything’ By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Erik Koch, on “The Savage Dog Show,” discussing his desire for a rematch with Chad Mendes:

    “I want it more than anything. I’m a competitive guy. This is what I do, and that’s my only loss. That’s the only blip on my record. Obviously I want to be that guy to do the same thing to him that he did to me. He gave me my first loss; I want to do the same thing. It’s definitely a matchup I’m interested in. I definitely want it.”

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  • Koch Takes Big Step in Brookins Win By: Jason Probst



    Erik Koch’s standup carried him to victory. | Photo: Dave Mandel



    It is tough enough to be talented in the ever-evolving sport in MMA and, oftentimes, an entirely different thing to be exciting. When the two overlap, the fighter possessing these mutual assets is holding one heck of a hand at the proverbial poker table.

    That is because usage of either term to define a guy, often by default, implies that he is not the other. It is a tacit assumption based on real-world evidence; live by the sword and you die by it, too, especially if you are a gifted striker looking to end fights on the feet. Featherweight Erik Koch seems to be straddling both definitions nicely enough, and his decision win over Jonathan Brookins at UFC Fight Night 25 on Saturday in New Orleans was a solid addition to his impressive body of work.

    Koch gauged the scope of Brookins’ attack, which consisted entirely of pushing him against the cage and battling for mostly failed attempts at single-leg and lateral-drop takedowns, and stuffed it masterfully. Then, in the second and third rounds, he increased his striking output, pulling ahead in the bout to take a clear-cut unanimous decision. It is fitting that he is good buddies and roommates with fellow Duke Roufus protégé Anthony Pettis, as the duo does so many things alike from a technical perspective.

    With Brookins vying constantly to get it to the mat, my first thought was, “He’s going to try and Guida him,” remembering Clay Guida’s takedown-heavy attack in which he decisioned Pettis in June, even though it was largely uneventful outside of those transitions.

    On this night, the standup guy got the better of it. Score one for the strikers in what was a big win for Koch, who turns 23 next month could be plain scary in the coming months and years.

    Follow the jump for reader comments. Jason Probst can be reached at Jason@jasonprobst.com or twitter.com/jasonprobst.

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