Erik Koch's Blogs

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



    Wednesday



    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 145: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

    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. Glover Teixeira; Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone; Ricardo Lamas vs. Erik Koch. From Chicago.

    10:00 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.

    10:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Liz Carmouche prepares for her UFC debut; All-access for the UFC 157 promo shoot; Dustin Poirier's pursuit of the featherweight championship; and Michael Bisping on the UK's rich combat sports history.

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

    11:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Primetime
    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: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The most shocking moments in Pride history.

    1:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown
    Lead up to UFC 157: Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche from Honda Center in Anaheim.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    preview of the action for UFC 157: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche before their battle in Las Vegas.

    2:30 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.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald
    Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao; Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson; Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa; Jorge Santiago Gunnar Nelson; Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna; Matt Riddle vs. Che Mills. From London.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le
    Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le; Stanislav Nedkov vs. Thiago Silva & more. From Macau, China.

    6:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 13
    A historic collection of matchups.

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


    8:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 13
    A historic collection of matchups.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 12
    The best collection of knock outs ever caught on camera and featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 134: Anderson Silva vs Yushin Okami and Mauricio Rua vs Forrest Griffin.

    9:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    One of the longest running reality series in television history, The Ultimate Fighter brings together promising MMA prospects from across the world, who must live together in a house and battle each other for a coveted UFC contract. The contestants are divided into two teams, each coached by a star UFC fighter, and they battle it out in pursuit of one goal, one dream: to become The Ultimate Fighter.

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


    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    One of the longest running reality series in television history, The Ultimate Fighter brings together promising MMA prospects from across the world, who must live together in a house and battle each other for a coveted UFC contract. The contestants are divided into two teams, each coached by a star UFC fighter, and they battle it out in pursuit of one goal, one dream: to become The Ultimate Fighter.

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

    11:00 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 12
    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 Reloaded
    UFC 147: Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin II Highlights of UFC 147 in Brazil.

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



    Sunday



    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    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.

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    Postfight show for Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald, featuring Jay Glazer and top MMA analysts.

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    Postfight show for Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald, featuring Jay Glazer and top MMA analysts.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    Postfight show for Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald, featuring Jay Glazer and top MMA analysts.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    Postfight show for Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald, featuring Jay Glazer and top MMA analysts.

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    Postfight show for Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald, featuring Jay Glazer and top MMA analysts.

    8:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 11
    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. 12
    A historic collection of matchups.

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


    2:00 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.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Highlights from bantamweight battle Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald in London.

    4:30 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.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    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.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    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.

    9:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West:The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    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.

    9:00 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.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 4: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Sign of Disrespect Both teams face off in a spontaneous rap battle at the house; a prank ignites smack talk that carries over to the weigh-in; two fighters face off in the third preliminary fight.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald
    Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao; Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson; Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa; Jorge Santiago Gunnar Nelson; Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna; Matt Riddle vs. Che Mills. From London.

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



    Friday



    3:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC From All Angles
    Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

    4:00 a.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.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Submissions 2


    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier
    From Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.

    11:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald Weigh-in
    From London.

    12:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le
    Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le; Stanislav Nedkov vs. Thiago Silva & more. From Macau, China.

    3:00 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)

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman
    Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman; Brandon Vera vs. James Te Huna; Jon Fitch vs. Aaron Simpson. From San Jose, Calif.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier
    From Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 279 UFC Light Heavyweight Dan Henderson joins Kenny and Bas; Ron Kruck talks with UFC Bantamweight Michael McDonald.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS: AXS Maximum Fighting Championships 36
    Reality Check Mukai Maromo vs. Graham Spencer; Elvis Mutapcic vs. Sam Alvey.

    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.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Primetime
    UFC 157 Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Primetime
    UFC 157 Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    Thiago Silva vs. Alexander Gustafsson from Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

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



    Wednesday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Liz Carmouche prepares for her UFC debut; All-access for the UFC 157 promo shoot; Dustin Poirier's pursuit of the featherweight championship; and Michael Bisping on the UK's rich combat sports history.

    3:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Primetime
    Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

    5:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Champion's Roundtable With Jay Glazer
    Jay Glazer chats all things UFC.

    6:00 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.

    7:00 a.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.

    9:30 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.

    10:00 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

    10:30 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.

    11:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Liz Carmouche prepares for her UFC debut; All-access for the UFC 157 promo shoot; Dustin Poirier's pursuit of the featherweight championship; and Michael Bisping on the UK's rich combat sports history.

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

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview for FUEL TV 7: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald in London.

    2:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Liz Carmouche prepares for her UFC debut; All-access for the UFC 157 promo shoot; Dustin Poirier's pursuit of the featherweight championship; and Michael Bisping on the UK's rich combat sports history.

    3:00 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.

    3:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida Prelims
    Longtime lightweight rivals Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout, and featherweights Ross Pearson and Cub Swanson.

    6:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 12
    A historic collection of matchups.

    6:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview for FUEL TV 7: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald in London.

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


    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Liz Carmouche prepares for her UFC debut; All-access for the UFC 157 promo shoot; Dustin Poirier's pursuit of the featherweight championship; and Michael Bisping on the UK's rich combat sports history.

    7:30 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 FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard and Jose Aldo vs Kenny Florian.

    8:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 12
    A historic collection of matchups.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    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.

    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.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 11
    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 Sportsnet West: The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    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: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Fighters that successfully transition from UFC to Pride.

    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 11
    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: 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.

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  • 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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