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  • Top 5 Stories of the Week By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Ronda Rousey has been nominated for two ESPY Awards. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    Three Ultimate Fighting Championship titlists -- Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones and Chris Weidman -- have received ESPY nominations for 2014.

    Rousey leads the way with two nominations: “Best Female Athlete” and “Best Fighter.” Jones will compete against Rousey in the “Best Fighter” category, while Weidman’s UFC 162 triumph over then middleweight champion Anderson Silva is a candidate for “Best Upset.”

    An online fan vote on ESPN.com will decide winners in 33 categories, which also include “Best Team,” Best Breakthrough Performance” and “Best Championship Performance,” among others. The ceremony takes place on July 16 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and airs on ESPN.

    Jones and Silva were nominated for “Best Fighter” in 2013, but boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. ultimately captured the honor for a fifth time. The category was changed from “Best Boxer” in 2007 to include MMA. However, a mixed martial artist has yet to win the award since the change, despite the likes of Silva, Jones, Georges St. Pierre, Lyoto Machida, Quinton Jackson and Randy Couture receiving nominations. Jones and Rousey are joined in the “Best Fighter” category by Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Andre Ward.

    Meanwhile, Rousey will go head-to-head against the WNBA’s Maya Moore, alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin and University of Connecticut basketball standout Breanna Stewart for “Best Female Athlete.”

    Weidman is matched up with a pair of men’s college basketball upsets: the University of Connecticut basketball team’s national championship triumph as a No. 7 seed and No. 14 seed Mercer’s first-round shocker against Duke in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

    The stories of interest on Sherdog.com this week:

    IN CONTENTION

    MARKET TAPPED

    DETERMINED TO DOMINATE -- AGAIN

    WORLD CLASS

    GROUND OFFENSIVE

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





    Friday



    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Condit vs. Kampmann II Bubba McDaniel vs. Brad Tavares; Takeya Mizugaki vs. Erik Perez; Court McGee vs. Robert Whittaker; Kelvin Gastelum vs. Brian Melancon; Donald Cerrone vs. Rafael dos Anjos; Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann. From Indianapolis.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    12:00 p.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.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    3:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Inside and outside the ring with Cain Velasquez.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Host Karyn Bryant sits down with UFC star Frankie Edgar to discuss his career.

    4:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    The remarkable rise of Chris Weidman.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents
    Mana: B.J. Penn's fascinating journey.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell, Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens, and Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC: Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens From San Antonio.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 164: Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis From Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    11:00 p.m. ET AxsTV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 344 Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten are live in Los Angeles with Tiffany Van Soest and Nick Newell.

    12:00 a.m. ET AxsTV: AXS TV Fights
    Lion Fight 14 Cristiane Justino fights Jorina Baars for the women's welterweight title; Gregory Choplin meets Marco Pique; live from Las Vegas.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC: Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens From San Antonio.

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





    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 11: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Zombie Semifinal slugfest.

    5:00 a.m. Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 11: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Zombie Semifinal slugfest.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Nate Diaz fights Jim Miller; Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills; Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira; Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of WEC
    Finishes Knockouts, submissions and memorable finishes in the WEC.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 243 Albuquerque hosts UFC; highlights of UFC 100; EA Sports UFC.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC From All Angles
    Inside and outside the ring with Cain Velasquez.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Presents
    Mana: B.J. Penn's fascinating journey.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 163: Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Interview with Daniel Cormier.

    6:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell, Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens, and Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Ultimate Knockouts


    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Host Karyn Bryant sits down with UFC star Frankie Edgar to discuss his career.

    8:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    The remarkable rise of Chris Weidman.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 11: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Zombie Semifinal slugfest.

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

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell, Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens, and Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt.

    12:00 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.

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





    Wednesday



    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 10: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: One Fight Away Middleweight semifinal matchup.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Nate Diaz fights Jim Miller; Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills; Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira; Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 163: Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Nate Diaz fights Jim Miller; Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills; Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira; Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman.

    12:00 p.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)

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 9: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Get That Money Field trip to Harley-Davidson Boot Camp; final preliminary bout; semifinal matchups announced.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 10: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: One Fight Away Middleweight semifinal matchup.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of WEC
    Finishes Knockouts, submissions and memorable finishes in the WEC.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC From All Angles
    Inside and outside the ring with Cain Velasquez.

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

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

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

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

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

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 10: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: One Fight Away Middleweight semifinal matchup.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 11: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Zombie Semifinal slugfest.

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

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





    Sunday



    5:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Interview with Daniel Cormier.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Werdum vs. Browne
    Yoel Romero vs. Brad Tavares; Edson Barboza vs. Donald Cerrone; Liz Carmouche vs. Miesha Tate; Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne. From Amway Center in Orlando. (Card subject to change)

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 150: Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar II UFC lightweight title rematch.

    11:00 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.

    1:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    2:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 163: Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    3:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    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.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Knockouts


    5:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Submissions


    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Behind-the-scenes of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC PresentsThe Prodigy
    B.J. Penn's fascinating career.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Middleweight Title Timeline Three pivotal fights that changed the face of the middleweight division.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 10: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: One Fight Away Middleweight semifinal matchup.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 163: Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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  • Top 5 Stories of the Week By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will meet again on Sept. 27. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    After some posturing, negotiation and maybe even a little misdirection, Jon Jones-Alexander Gustafsson 2 is finally a done deal.

    The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on June 5 that the Jones-Gustafsson rematch will take place at UFC 178 this fall. The pay-per-view event is expected to take place on Sept. 27 in Toronto, although the location and venue could potentially change.

    After what appeared to be plenty of back-and-forth between Jones and the Las Vegas-based promotion, everything was resolved when the light heavyweight champion and his team met with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC President Dana White in Las Vegas.

    “There was never an issue with a contract,” Jones told UFC.com. “I was traveling and finally got to Vegas and got to talk with Dana and Lorenzo.”

    Prior to those negotiations, White had said that Jones requested to fight Daniel Cormier instead of Gustafsson.

    “I think Cormier is the tougher fighter, but the fans want to see me fight Gustafsson. There was never an issue with taking the Gustafsson fight,” Jones said. “The issue was that my brother is getting married in July, and I would have preferred a later date. I didn’t want to go this early and I would have preferred to go later in October or November. It is what it is. We have a date now. This was a personal decision for me. I will be at my brother’s wedding and have a proper training camp.”

    Jones faced the most difficult test of his career in defeating Gustafsson via unanimous decision at UFC 165 in September. The light heavyweights have competed once since then, with Jones scoring a dominant triumph over Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 and Gustafsson stopping Jimi Manuwa via second-round TKO in March.

    The stories of interest on Sherdog.com this week:

    THEY MEET AGAIN

    NOT SO PHENOMENAL

    JOINING FORCES

    SWEET DREAMS

    EASY TARGET

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  • Jon Jones’ Brazilian Tour Provides Plenty of Laughs By: Marcelo Alonso

    Jon Jones had fun during a recent Brazilian media tour. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    Last week, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones traveled to Brazil for brief -- and entertaining -- media tour.

    After giving a seminar in Curitiba, Jones recorded a commercial for the Combate channel in Sao Paulo. During one of the spots, “Bones” did his best Bruce Buffer impersonation by mimicking the famed ring announcer’s “It’s Time” introduction. The series of commercials will begin to air on many of the channels offered by Brazilian cable and satellite provider Globosat, including Combate, SporTV, Multishow, Sexy Hot and Megapix.

    Perhaps Jones’ memorable appearance, however, came during a segment on the popular late-night program Altas Horas on the Rede Globo network. Jones was a guest on the episode which aired following last Saturday’s “Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” finale.

    In a light-hearted moment, Jones showed off his Don Juan tendencies on Altas Horas by asking sexologist Laura Muller how often she had sex. When Muller said she couldn’t talk about her private life, Jones switched gears.

    “Ask her if she’s ever been with a black guy,” Jones said, drawing laughs from those in attendance.

    Things took on a more serious tone later in the program, as Jones also talked about Chael Sonnen, his wins over Brazilian fighters, his friendship with Anderson Silva and his desire to fight in Brazil. Judging by from the reaction of the Brazilian audience, Jones may very well prove to be a solid draw in the South American country somewhere down the road.

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  • Tommy Messano Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen





    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Sherdog.com contributor and ULTMMA.com founder Tommy Messano.

    As UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones continues to politick with the UFC over a new contract, Breen and Messano take on the latest drama in the 205-pound king's career. The pair investigate Jones' sudden interest in facing Daniel Cormier, as opposed to the expected and penciled-in Alexander Gustafsson rematch on Aug. 30, Tuesday's now-infamous deleted Instagram post Jones made, and “Jonny Bones” ongoing, fraught relationship with social media.


    Breen and Messano rap on both potential fights, which actually makes more sense for the champion and the UFC, how Daniel Cormier's knee injury factors plays a role in the story, Jones' penchant for bad foreign accents and whether or not Cormier or Gustafsson can be the opponent that helps Jones breakthrough as a bigger pay-per-view star for Zuffa.

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

    Follow the jump for reader comments and download link.

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





    Wednesday



    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Throwdown, Part 1 KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from the Las Cruces Convention Center, Las Cruces, N.M. Cristobal Chavez vs. Kevin Wirth. From April 19, 2014.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Glover Teixeira's account of his title shot against Jon Jones; Team Alpha Male's latest hopeful; bantamweight T.J. Dillashaw; Mark Munoz provides insight into his warrior code.

    8:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Fastest finishes in MMA history.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Junior dos Santos defends his title for the first time against Frank Mir; Joe Lauzon and Jamie Varner; Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard, and Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 5: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Too Salty Team Penn gets a lecture on overtraining.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 6: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Fight to Live Controversial decision causes explosive reaction.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard and Jose Aldo vs Kenny Florian.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw - Prelims
    Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo; Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno; Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung Ho Kang; Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke. From MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 160: Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva. 2; Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt Cain Velasquez prepares to face Antonio Silva.

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

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

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

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

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 6: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Fight to Live Controversial decision causes explosive reaction.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 7: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Kinetic Chess Tensions boil over at the house in the wake of Roger Zapata's controversial win over; in the sixth preliminary fight, Patrick Walsh against Anton Berzin.

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

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





    Saturday



    8:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    9:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 6: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Fight to Live Controversial decision causes explosive reaction.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 173: Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw

    11:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC 173: Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw Weigh-in from Las Vegas.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos in UFC on Fox; Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum in UFC 143; lightweight fight Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim in UFC 142.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 173: Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC 173: Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw Weigh-in from Las Vegas.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Glover Teixeira's account of his title shot against Jon Jones; Team Alpha Male's latest hopeful; bantamweight T.J. Dillashaw; Mark Munoz provides insight into his warrior code.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox sports 1: UFC Prefight Show
    UFC 173 Renan Barao and T.J. Dillashaw from Las Vegas.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360:UFC 173 Countdown
    UFC 173 Renan Barao and T.J. Dillashaw from Las Vegas.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw - Prelims
    Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo; Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno; Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung Ho Kang; Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke. From MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Preliminary Fights: UFC 173 Prelims
    Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo; Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno; Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung Ho Kang; Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke. From MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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