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



    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 17
    A historic collection of matchups.

    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 17
    The best collection of knock outs ever caught on camera and featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Siyar Bahadurzada's incredible journey; Ultimate 8 UFC debuts; Brian Stann fights on for his fellow Marines.

    6:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Johny Hendricks' single-minded focus on GSP; Rory MacDonald Full Blast; Daniel Cormier's ambitions for both the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions; and Frank Mir on the warrior code.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    The Gracie brothers break down Georges St.Pierre's historic arm bar; the greatest UFC Feuds; Carlos Condit remains committed to his title aspirations; the Strikeforce newcomers.

    7:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Johny Henricks all-access account of his UFC 158; Alexander Gustafsson provides a tour of his home; Cain Velasquez's Harley Davidson photo shoot.

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night Episode 21
    Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard Nate Quarry vs. Tim Credeur; Roger Huerta vs. Gray Maynard.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Before They Were Champs The earliest octagon moments of future title-holders Georges St.Pierre, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones and Cain Velasquez.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Johny Henricks all-access account of his UFC 158; Alexander Gustafsson provides a tour of his home; Cain Velasquez's Harley Davidson photo shoot.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 140: Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones faces former champ Lyoto Machida; the Nogueira brothers, Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Before They Were Champs The earliest octagon moments of future title-holders Georges St.Pierre, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones and Cain Velasquez.

    8:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Hendricks on the Brink Johny Hendricks all-access account of his UFC 158; Alexander Gustafsson provides a tour of his home; Cain Velasquez's Harley Davidson photo shoot.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Greatest fights in Pride history.

    9:00 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.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami; Mauricio Rua vs. Forrest Griffin; Travis Browne vs, Stefan Struve; Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera.

    10:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    EPISODE: 12 David Rickels vs. Saad Awad; Mikhail Zayats vs. Emanuel Newton; Luis Melo vs. Trey Houston. From Tampa, Fla.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 10: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Quarterfinals Begin A fighter gets a surprise visit from world champion Ronda Rousey; two fighters face off trying to secure a spot in the final four.

    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 Unleashed
    Nate Diaz fights Jim Miller; Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills; Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira; Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman.

    12:00 a.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    EPISODE: 12 David Rickels vs. Saad Awad; Mikhail Zayats vs. Emanuel Newton; Luis Melo vs. Trey Houston. From Tampa, Fla.

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  • Podcast: Patrick Cote, Jorge Rivera, Shane Roller By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Jack Encarnacao was back Sunday evening for another edition of the Sherdog Radio Network "Rewind."

    In “Pro Perspective,” Jack adds some context to Anderson Silva's virtuoso performance at UFC 153 by speaking with two fighters who have battled him, Patrick Cote and Jorge Rivera. Catch these unique perspectives on what makes Silva so special.

    Then, in the “Sunday Sitdown,” Shane Roller talks about deciding that being cut from the UFC meant he simply can't cut it in the quest for a UFC title. Check it out here.

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  • Beatdown: Tate, Rivera, Pierce By: TJ De Santis

    Hey Everybody!

    The Sherdog Radio Network is still not live. However, Monday brought a brand new edition of "Beatdown" in podcast form. Jack Encarnacao and Jon Luther were back to share their thoughts on saturday night's Strikeforce/M-1 Global Fedor Vs Henderson card.

    Also on the show was newly crowned Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate and UFC 133 participants Mike Pierce and Jorge Rivera.

    The SRN will be back with another podcast Friday to break down the UFC 133 card in Philadelphia.

    Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.

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  • UFC 127 ‘Penn vs. Fitch’ Analysis: The Main Card By: Tim Leidecker



    Dennis Siver (file photo, left) put on a show at UFC 127. | Sherdog.com



    The UFC’s return to Australia was characterized by a couple of evenly matched fights. The quality and name value of UFC 127 “Penn vs. Fitch” offered a little bit of everything, with two upsets and a technically and tactically supreme headliner as its centerpieces.

    Analysis follows for the five main card bouts at UFC 127.

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  • Beatdown After The Bell: UFC 127 By: TJ De Santis

    Hey Everybody!

    Jordan Breen and myself stayed up last Saturday night following the conclusion of the UFC 127 pay-per-view broadcast for another edition of "Beatdown After The Bell."

    There pleanty of talking points coming out of the card that took place in Sydney, Australia. With the main event of B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch ending a majority draw we tackled the subject of judging in mixed martial arts. We also shared our view on Nick Rings controversial decision win over Riki Fukuda. Along with judging Jordan and I touched on the actions if Michael Bisping following his stoppage of Jorge Rivera.

    Step up and get "Beatdown After The Bell" here.

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  • Video: UFC 127 Open Workouts

    B.J. Penn, Jon Fitch, Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera held an open workout to promote their bouts at UFC 127.


    Video courtesy of UFC.com.

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  • UFC 122 Postmortem: Okami Wins, Marquardt Frozen By: Jake Rossen



    Yushin Okami: Jeff Sherwood | Sherdog.com


    For his efforts against the dangerous Nate Marquardt Saturday at UFC 122 in Germany, Yushin Okami may have earned himself a nice, warm spot on a bench; the No.1 ranked middleweight -- at least for as long as Chael Sonnen tries to restore his name amid steroid allegations -- in the UFC has been promised a title shot against Anderson Silva. But when and how that happens wasn’t part of the guarantee.

    Silva fights Vitor Belfort in February; if he and Georges St. Pierre both win their respective bouts (St. Pierre fights in December), there’s absolutely no better time to make that pound-for-pound fight happen. If fans get what they want, Okami might be a year away from contention.

    Does he continue to fight, as Chuck Liddell did when Tito Ortiz ran around in circles years ago? Or does he take a cue from Rashad Evans and find a comfortable chair until he’s delivered what’s been promised? A title shot and especially a title win can be a lucrative achievement. But “inactive fighter” is an oxymoron. If you’re fit to fight, go fight.

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