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





    Friday



    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 152: Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Fight for the Troops on FOX Sports 1, Prelims
    Germaine de Randamie vs. Amanda Nunes; Steven Siler vs. Dennis Bermudez; Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop; James Krause vs. Bobby Green. From Fort Campbell, Ky.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Wanderlei Silva 2003 GP

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Primetime
    UFC 167: Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

    3:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Primetime
    UFC 167: Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    UFC 166 Fight Flashback

    4:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Primetime
    UFC 167: Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Primetime
    UFC 167: Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

    8:00 p.m. ET AXS: The Voice Versus Bas Rutten
    Pancrase and UFC champion Bas Rutten discusses his fights, Hollywood and 'El Guapo'.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 315 Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten discuss UFC Figh Night 32; George St-Pierre's reign; highlights.

    9:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    EPISODE: 25

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS: Best of Legacy Fighting Championship
    A look back at feral fights, nasty knockouts and sly submissions from the Texas-based promotion Legacy Fighting Championship.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 10: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: HWPO

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





    Wednesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 140: Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones faces former champ Lyoto Machida; the Nogueira brothers, Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz.

    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Boiling Point Talking Stick Resort Scottsdale, Ariz.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 8: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Tied Interviews, match highlights and the history behind Ronda and Miesha's rivalry.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 9: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Sacrifice Final preliminary fights - one on the men's side and one on the women's.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann II, Prelims

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC: Fight for the Troops on FOX Sports 1, Prelims
    Germaine de Randamie vs. Amanda Nunes; Steven Siler vs. Dennis Bermudez; Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop; James Krause vs. Bobby Green. From Fort Campbell, Ky.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Preliminary Fights
    UFC on Sportsnet Prelims Germaine de Randamie vs. Amanda Nunes; Steven Siler vs. Dennis Bermudez; Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop; James Krause vs. Bobby Green. From Fort Campbell, Ky.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC: Fight for the Troops on FOX Sports 1
    Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith; Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal; Yoel Romero vs. Ronny Markes; Alexis Davis vs. Liz Carmouche; Rafael Natal vs. Tim Kennedy. From Fort Campbell, Ky.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 10: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: HWPO

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Primetime
    UFC 167 Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Post Fight Press Conference
    Fight for the Troops on FOX Sports 1

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  • Top 5 Forum Threads of the Week By: Jeff Sherwood

    Junior dos Santos had some choice words about his rival’s punching power. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    Junior dos Santos apparently enjoys stoking the flames of his rivalry with Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder Cain Velasquez, as the two men head towards their UFC 166 rubber match on Oct. 19 in Houston.

    In a June 19 interview with MSN Esportes, dos Santos claimed the champion “hits like a girl,” this despite the fact that Velasquez floored him with one punch and nearly finished him in the first round of their UFC 155 rematch in December. The overhand right sent the Brazilian careening to the canvas and permanently altered the trajectory of the bout. Velasquez swarmed with his trademark ground-and-pound, and though dos Santos survived, he went on to lose a one-sided unanimous decision: 50-45, 50-43 and 50-44. Velasquez was successful on 11 of his 33 takedown attempts, all while out-landing dos Santos 210-66 in total strikes and 111-57 in significant strikes.

    Velasquez successfully defended the heavyweight crown at UFC 160 in May, as he needed less than 90 seconds to dismiss Antonio Silva. Dos Santos was victorious at the same event, as he wiped out Mark Hunt with a spinning hook kick in the co-main event, setting up his third showdown with Velasquez.

    Items of interest on the Sherdog.net forums this week:

    Lack of Respect

    Split Decision

    Sore Loser

    Not So ‘Smooth’

    Alarming Numbers


    Follow the jump for reader comments.

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  • Podcast: George Roop, Jacob Volkmann By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Former UFC lightweight Jacob Volkmann and current UFC featherweight George Roop joined TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood for Monday’s episode of “Beatdown” on the Sherdog Radio Network.

    Roop returns to the Octagon on March 16 as part of UFC 158, where he’ll face Reuben Duran. The Arizona native has been away from the cage for over a year due to injuries. Roop discussed the layoff, how he feels he has improved because of the time off, and whether he feels pressure coming off back-to-back losses.

    Volkmann was one of the more notable names in a recent 16-fighter layoff by the UFC. “Christmas” talked with TJ and Jeff about his feelings on being cut by Zuffa, his efforts to land a job with Bellator MMA, and where his head is at after signing with the World Series of Fighting.

    Check out the show here.

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  • Podcast: Swanson, Pavelich By: TJ De Santis

    Live radio was back in action Wednesday on The Sherdog Radio Network with new episodes of "Beatdown" and "The Savage Dog Show."

    Jon Luther and Myself returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Wednesday for another edition of "Beatdown."

    Joining us was UFC featherweight fighter Cub Swanson. The Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts based fighter was victorious Saturday night against George Roop on the UFC on Fox 2card in Chicago, Illinois.

    Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Wednesday for another edition of "The Savage Dog Show."

    Joining them was Maximum Fighting Championship promoter Mark Pavelich. The Canadian fight boss responded to Antonio McKee's comment's regarding his dismissal after Mckee failed to make weight in a title fight against Brian Cobb.

    Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Podcast: Lentz, Roop, Roller, Swanson By: Luca Fury

    Live radio was back Wednesday with new episodes of 'Beatdown' and 'The Savage Dog Show.' TJ De Santis and Jon Luther returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Monday for a new episode of 'Beatdown.' Joining them were UFC fighters Nik Lentz and George Roop to talk about their upcoming fights at next weeks 'UFC On Fox 2' card.

    Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Wednesday for another edition of "The Savage Dog Show." Joining them were UFC fighters Shane Roller and Cub Swanson to discuss their bouts at 'UFC On Fox 2'.

    Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Podcast: Ellenberger, Roop, Wineland By: Luca Fury

    Live radio was back Wednesday with new episodes of "Beatdown" and "The SDS." TJ De Santis and Jon Luther returned for a new edition of "Beatdown." They were joined by UFC fighters George Roop and Eddie Wineland to talk about their upcoming fights. They also took listener calls, emails and tweets.

    Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood were back for a new episode of "The Savage Dog Show." Joining them was Jake Ellenberger to talk about his upcoming fight with Diego Sanchez. The two men also took listener calls, emails and tweets.

    Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Radio: Jorgensen, Roop, Curran By: Luca Fury

    Live radio was in full effect Monday on The Sherdog Radio Network with new episodes of "Beatdown" and "The Savage Dog Show." Joining them were UFC fighters Scott Jorgensen, George Roop and Jeff Curran.

    TJ De Santis and Jon Luther were joined by UFC bantemweight Scott Jorgensen. "Young Guns" went in depth on his upcoming fight against Jeff Curran at next week's UFC 137 card.

    On Monday's "Savage Dog Show" Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood welcomed George Roop and Jeff Curran. Roop discussed his fight with Hatsu Hioki at UFC 137, while Curran talked about his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship and his fight against Scott Jorgensen.

    Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Radio: Barnett, Noons, Roop, Jorgensen By: TJ De Santis

    Live Radio returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Wednesday with new episodes of "Beatdown" and "The Savage Dog Show."

    Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood were back Wednesday for "The SDS." Joining them were MMA fighters George Roop and former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett.

    On "Beatdown" Jack Encarnacao and myself were joined my MMA fighters Scott Jorgensen and KJ Noons. We also chatted about the media and athlete dynamic in mixed martial arts.

    Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.

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  • UFC ‘Fight for the Troops 2’ Analysis: The Main Card By: Tim Leidecker



    Patrick Barry (top) file photo | Sherdog.com



    On Saturday, the UFC put on its second “Fight for the Troops” show to support severely wounded military personnel. While the first event in December of 2008 had many former U.S. Armed Forces members on the fight card itself, that theme was dropped this time around. Instead, “FFTT2” mostly featured the lighter weight classes, with plenty of 135-, 145-, and 155-pound action alongside a pair of heavyweight bouts.

    Below, an in-depth look at Saturday’s five main card matches and which fights are likely to be made in the near future for the 10 participants.

    Matt Wiman def. Cole Miller -- Decision (Unanimous)

    What happened: Long known only as a very confident -- perhaps overconfident -- contestant from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5, Wiman effectively emancipated himself from his “Handsome” moniker by turning in a career-defining performance over fellow “TUF 5” alum Cole Miller. From the opening bell, both men fought in the way one would want two fighters in the UFC’s ultra-competitive 155-pound division to engage. Midway through the opening round, Miller lost interest in standing and trading with Wiman, who was getting the better of their exchanges. Miller instead tried to pull guard, but was slammed to the mat for his efforts.

    Over the next two rounds, Wiman continued to use his strength advantage and tenaciously came after Miller, putting tons of pressure on the American Top Team fighter with vicious ground-and-pound.

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