Ivan Menjivar's Blogs

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



    Tuesday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    Relive all the action from UFC 146: Junior dos Santos vs Frank Mir, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Shogun vs. Vera
    Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera; Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader; Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner; DaMarques Johnson vs. Mike Swick. From Los Angeles. (Card subject to change)

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 135: Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson and Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    UFC 164; Conor McGregor

    2:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson - Prelims
    Dustin Kimura vs. Mitch Gagnon; Stephen Thompson vs. Chris Clements; Wilson Reis vs. Ivan Menjivar; Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci. From Toronto.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 134: Anderson Silva vs Yushin Okami and Mauricio Rua vs Forrest Griffin.

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

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 3: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Stick and Move Team Tate looks for its second win as Chris Holdsworth takes on Chris Beal; the team's cohesion is threatened when Cody Bollinger accuses Julianna Pena of leaking their fight picks.

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


    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 3: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate: Stick and Move Team Tate looks for its second win as Chris Holdsworth takes on Chris Beal; the team's cohesion is threatened when Cody Bollinger accuses Julianna Pena of leaking their fight picks.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Inside Eddie Wineland's camp; Weidman vs. Silva through the eyes of Jon Jones; Southern California fight camps Alliance and Reigh square off; The Takedown with Phil Davis.

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



    Saturday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Miller vs. Diaz
    Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz; Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson; Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks. From New Jersey.

    4:00 a.m. ET AXS: The Voice Versus
    Michael 'The Voice' Schiavello interviews Wanderlei Silva; discusses his rise through MMA, origins of the wrist-roll and rumors of plastic surgery.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Inside Eddie Wineland's camp; Weidman vs. Silva through the eyes of Jon Jones; Southern California fight camps Alliance and Reigh square off; The Takedown with Phil Davis.

    1:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Inside Eddie Wineland's camp; Weidman vs. Silva through the eyes of Jon Jones; Southern California fight camps Alliance and Reigh square off; The Takedown with Phil Davis.

    2:00 p.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.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: In the Moment
    The Rise of Jon Jones An all-access look at the rise of Jon Jones, as he trains, fights, travels, and works.

    4:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Inside Eddie Wineland's camp; Weidman vs. Silva through the eyes of Jon Jones; Southern California fight camps Alliance and Reigh square off; The Takedown with Phil Davis.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: The Ultimate Fighter 3
    Team Rousey vs. Team Tate

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 165: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson From Toronto.

    6:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Countdown
    UFC 165 Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson From Toronto.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    UFC 165 Preview Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson From Toronto.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC 165: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Preliminary Fights
    UFC 165 Prelims Dustin Kimura vs. Mitch Gagnon; Stephen Thompson vs. Chris Clements; Wilson Reis vs. Ivan Menjivar; Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci. From Toronto.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson - Prelims
    Dustin Kimura vs. Mitch Gagnon; Stephen Thompson vs. Chris Clements; Wilson Reis vs. Ivan Menjivar; Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci. From Toronto.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Knockouts

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  • Podcast: Ivan Menjivar, Mike Richman By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood were back for another three hour edition of “Beatdown.” Joining them was UFC bantamweight Ivan Menjivar and Bellator featherweight semi-finalist Mike Richman.

    Menjivar has spent his mixed martial arts career competing at multiple weight divisions. “The Pride of El Salvador” joined TJ and Jeff to talk about his UFC 157 rematch with Urijah Faber. This time at 135 pounds, Menjivar talks about how he has changed since their 2006 meeting and if he feels the first clash helped him at all in preparing for the rematch. Ivan also shares his thoughts on weight classes in MMA and why he feels the sport needs to seriously consider same day weigh-ins.

    Richman is celebrating another knockout win inside the Bellator cage. “The Marine” chats about his victory over fellow Minnesotan Mitch Jackson last Thursday night in Duluth, Ga. Richman also breaks down his standup fighting technique, why he has been successful in his MMA campaign and how he feels he will match up against Alexandre Bezerra in the semifinals of this season’s featherweight tournament.

    Along with these interviews TJ and Jeff take listener calls, emails, and tweets. The guys also ponder if the UFC should strip Dominick Cruz of his bantamweight title in today’s radio poll. Listen to “Beatdown” here.

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  • Sherdog Pick’Em Trends: UFC on Fuel TV 1 By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Sherdog MMA Pick’Em players favor Ivan Menjivar (left). | Photo: Sherdog.com



    Back-to-back victories, one of them a particularly violent finish on the durable Charlie Valencia, have made their mark for Ivan Menjivar.

    Nine out of 10 players in the Sherdog MMA Pick’Em fantasy game expect Menjivar to defeat once-beaten “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 alum John Albert in their preliminary bantamweight bout at UFC on Fuel TV “Ellenberger vs. Sanchez” on Wednesday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. The entire undercard will stream live to the UFC’s Facebook page.

    Menjivar (23-8, 2-2 UFC) -- who has competed in four weight classes as a professional -- last fought at UFC 133 in August, when he upended former Ring of Combat champion Nick Pace by unanimous decision at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Based at the Tristar Gym in Montreal, the 29-year-old El Salvador native has not been finished in nearly 10 years. Wins over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 semifinalist Joe Lauzon, 2011 Dream bantamweight grand prix finalist Hideo Tokoro and former WEC featherweight title contender Jeff Curran anchor Menjivar’s resume.

    A Dennis Hallman protégé, Albert (7-1, 1-0 UFC) made his promotional debut at “The Ultimate Fighter 14” Finale in December, as he needed just 69 seconds to put away Dustin Pague with punches at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The 25-year-old Reno, Nev., native sports six-round finishes on his resume and has yet to go the distance as a professional.

    Other Sherdog MMA Pick’Em trends for the UFC on Fuel TV “Ellenberger vs. Sanchez” prelims:

    • By a strong 81-percent majority, users favor “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 winner Jonathan Brookins in his featherweight tilt with Vagner Rocha. Brookins, 26, had a four-fight winning streak snapped in a unanimous decision loss to Erik Koch at UFC Fight Night 25 in September;

    • A whopping 86 percent of participants foresee King of the Cage veteran Sean Loeffler besting fellow UFC rookie Buddy Roberts;

    • Nearly three out of four players have picked fast-rising Grudge Training Center export Justin Salas to defeat Finnish lightweight Anton Kuivan. Salas will carry a five-fight winning streak into his Octagon debut;

    • Cage Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Bernardo Magalhaes will enter his showdown with Tim Means as a heavy favorite, according to 68 percent of users. Magalhaes has rattled off five consecutive victories, the last four of them by decision.

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  • Radio: Menjivar & McKee By: TJ De Santis

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

    Today on "The SDS" Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood were joined by former Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight champion Antonio McKee. The UFC veteran shared his thoughts on Mark Pavelich's decision to strip McKee of his title. McKee also talks other pressing issues in the world of mixed martial arts.

    Lutfi Sariahmed welcomed UFC bantamweight fighter Ivan Menjivar to "Beatdown" to talk about his recent stoppage of Charlie Valencia. "The Pride of El Salvador" recaps his entire UFC 129 experience and where he feels he fits inside the UFC's 135-pound division.

    Check out the show and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Now a Bantamweight, Menjivar Reflects on Fighting GSP By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Ivan Menjivar (Pictured), on “Beatdown,” discussing his January 2002 bout against Georges St. Pierre:

    “That was a good fight for us. That was his first fight. I [had] five fights before. It was good, but the referee made a little mistake and gave the fight to him. It was OK. That happens in the sport with decisions. After the fight, I took it like a joke. Months after, we started training together. He became better and better and better and then I realized this guy could be good. Now he is the UFC champion and he’s a legend.”

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  • SRN: Shields, Menjivar & Cox By: TJ De Santis

    The Sherdog Radio Network was excellent on this Good Friday with new episodes of "Beatdown" and "The Savage Dog Show." Joining the programs was UFC 129 headliner Jake Shields, Ivan Menjivar and Monte Cox.

    Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood returned for another 'SDS.' Joining them was UFC 129 fighter Jake Shields. The Cesar Gracie product will face off against Georges St-Pierre next Saturday night in Toronto at Rogers Center. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion talks about the fight and what he has to do to take St-Pierre's crown.

    Also on "The Savage Dog Show" was MMA manager and promoter Monte Cox. The Iowa native shares his thoughts to comments made this week on Sherdog.com by UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen.

    On "Beatdown" Jack Encarnacao and myself welcomed UFC 129 participant Ivan Menjivar. "The Pride of El Salvador" makes his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship next saturday to face fellow bantamweight Charlie Valencia. Menjivar talks about the long road back to the octagon and what he has gone through to get there. The Quebec native also talks about what this event means for Canada.

    Check out the show and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Kang, Menjivar Victorious in W-1 Debuts By: Freddie DeFreitas



    Denis Kang file photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com


    Denis Kang was victorious in his W-1 debut with a first-round arm-triangle submission over Deep veteran Dae Won Kim. Originally scheduled to debut for the promotion back in March, Kang opened the fight with a blistering right straight that sent his Korean counterpart crashing to the canvas. Kim never had time to recover and get to his feet, as the Canadian followed him to the mat. Working from within Kim’s half guard, Kang locked in the arm triangle and coaxed the tapout at 1:49 into the first round.

    “That was a little disappointing for my first fight (in W-1),” said Kang. “I was bummed out that I couldn’t fight because of my injury, but I was one hundred percent for this fight. I had a great training camp and am looking forward to fighting more and more for W-1.”

    With one win in the books, Kang looks to continue on his road to redemption in less than a month’s time.

    “My next fight is actually one month from now, July 18 in Impact FC in Australia against Paulo Filho.”

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