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  • PETA Nominates UFC Vets Shields, Corassani, Danzig for Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2013 By: Sherdog.com Staff




    Like most professional mixed martial artists, Jake Shields, Akira Corassani and Mac Danzig adhere to strict diets when training.

    By eating plant-based fare alone, the trio of UFC veterans has been nominated for Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2013 by peta2, the youth division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The full list of nominees, which includes the likes of Anne Hathaway, Kristen Wiig, Jared Leto and Russell Brand, can be viewed here.

    Voting for the contest ends on Aug. 16, and one male and one female winner will be announced on Aug. 19.

    Danzig last competed at UFC on Fox 8, losing to Melvin Guillard via second-round knockout in a lightweight affair. Corassani was expected to face Mike Thomas Brown at UFC’s inaugural Fox Sports 1 card in Boston before an injury forced him to withdraw from the bout. Shields, meanwhile, is rumored to face Demian Maia on an upcoming UFC card in 2013. The former Strikeforce champion also appears in peta2’s online game, Cage Fight: Knock Out Animal Abuse.

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



    Tuesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Countdown
    Lead up to UFC 157: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche from Honda Center in Anaheim.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Lyoto Machida vs. Quinton Jackson; Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig; Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Lyoto Machida vs Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort vs Yoshihiro Akiyama, Nam Phan vs Leonard Garcia, and Donald Cerrone vs Dennis Siver.

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Rory MacDonald vs. Mike Pyle; Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim; Brendan Schaub vs Mirko Cro Cop; Rashad Evans vs Tito Ortiz.

    9:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: 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.

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC From All Angles
    Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

    10:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Bad Blood
    Bitter enemies Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz do battle in an outside of the Octagon.

    12:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Forrest Griffin: The Ultimate Fighter
    A former Georgia police officer who became a UFC icon, and found fame as a professional athlete when he was just looking for a fight.

    1:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: 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.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 92: Forrest Griffin defends his Light Heavyweight title against Rashad Evans; Minotauro Nogueira fights Frank Mir for the Interim Heavyweight belt.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 135: Jon Jones vs Quinton Jackson and Matt Hughes vs Josh Koscheck.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Mauricio Rua vs. Jon Jones; Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort; Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly.

    9:00 p.m. ET FX: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 5: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Reflection of Perfection Mickey Rourke visits Team Sonnen to share insights from his days as a boxer; coach Jones wonders if a competitor is ready to fight; two fighters meet for the fourth preliminary fight.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    preview of the action for UFC 157: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche before their battle in Las Vegas.

    10:30 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.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown157
    Lead up to UFC 157: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche from Honda Center in Anaheim.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    Season 17 Episode 5: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Reflection of Perfection Mickey Rourke visits Team Sonnen to share insights from his days as a boxer; coach Jones wonders if a competitor is ready to fight; two fighters meet for the fourth preliminary fight.

    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.

    11:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC From All Angles
    Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

    12:00 a.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.

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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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  • 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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  • Mac Danzig: No Trainer Comes Close to Rico Chiapparelli By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Mac Danzig, on “Cheap Seats,” discussing trainer Rico Chiapparelli:

    “I will say without a doubt that he’s probably the only genius that I actually know. That doesn’t mean he’s like a brilliant mind that could take apart your engine and put it back together, but as far as fighting goes, as far as this specific thing goes, fighting, body mechanics, positioning, understanding combat and all forms of it, just really understanding MMA and wrestling and submissions, the guy is like no other. Nobody even comes close, and I’ve worked with a lot of people over the years.”

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  • Podcasts: Mac Danzig, Bruce Buffer By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Jordan Breen and Greg Savage returned to the Sherdog Radio Network Tuesday for another edition of “Cheap Seats.” Joining them in the nosebleeds was "The Ultimate Fighter" season 6 winner Mac Danzig, who discussed his upcoming bout against Takanori Gomi.

    On “It’s Time!” Bruce Buffer hosted another edition of his sex and relationships show with former Penthouse Pet Sammy Phillips. Along with TJ De Santis, the pair broke down the fallout from UFC 151’s cancellation, Jon Jones decision to pull out of the event, and more provocative discussion that we can't chat about here in the blog.

    Check out "Cheap Seats" here.

    Check out Bruce Buffer here.

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  • UFC 115’s Most Memorable Moments



    Mirko "Cro Cop" File Photo: Sherdog.com


    The vast majority of fans thought UFC 115 would be a garbage night of fights. Instead we got a night full of tension, drama and violence that made picking just five moments worthy of recognition near impossible.

    Here comes my best shot.

    Franklin Starches Liddell … with a Broken Arm

    Chuck Liddell was starting to come alive, and Rich Franklin was not enjoying the punches crashing into his notoriously fragile chin.

    Further complicating matters for Franklin was his left arm, which he later revealed to be broken and was severely altering his offensive output. As he has so many times in his career, Liddell smelled blood and wasn’t about to let Franklin make it to the second round.

    Liddell’s trademark blitzkrieg ended with Franklin landing a crunching, compact right on his chin and putting “The Iceman” down and out in gut-wrenching fashion. It was a moment that perfectly synthesized the athletic brilliance of mixed martial artists and the brutal consequences that come with their job description.

    Cro Cop Brings Back the Cemetery

    Patrick Barry dropped Mirko Filipovic twice in the first round and was on the verge of turning his lead leg into mush. Even the most fervent “Cro Cop” fan had to know that this might be his last stand.

    Then something happened that I never thought I would get to see again: Filipovic threw his left high kick of doom, and it changed the fight without even landing. Shades of the Filipovic of old followed, as he started using his underrated boxing skills all the while whipping that left leg with the reckless abandon his fans have been begging for.

    “Right leg, hospital. Left leg, cemetery.” It’s the greatest tagline in MMA history for a reason, folks.

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  • 5 Matches to Make After UFC 115



    Dan Hardy File Photo: Stephen Albanese/Tailstar.com


    If the Gods deem my pleas worthy, these are the fights that will be next on the horizon for some of the notable notables from UFC 115.

    Rich Franklin vs. Forrest Griffin

    A title eliminator match between Lyoto Machida and Quinton Jackson could be inevitable at this point, which means Franklin’s road to a title shot will be long, winding and full of scary men wishing to cause him grievous bodily harm.

    After his gutsy knockout of Chuck Liddell, Franklin deserves a quality matchup. No man fits the bill better than Griffin. While it’s far from a guaranteed win for the reformed math teacher, it would be a fun scrap and the sort of fight Franklin needs to win if he’s to be considered a serious contender.

    Martin Kampmann vs. Dan Hardy

    Until Josh Koscheck and incumbent champion Georges St. Pierre go through the motions on the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the UFC welterweight crown is on hold. This means Kampmann will likely need at least two wins to solidify himself as the division’s No. 1 contender.

    Logic and a love of violence say match him up with Hardy and let the winner fight whoever walks away from the Thiago Alves/Jon Fitch rematch in one piece. Not only does this set up a sellable matchmaking narrative, it also gives us a fascinating style clash between Kampmann and Hardy.

    After losing to Paul Daley via TKO at UFC 103, Kampmann needs to prove he can hang with the division’s elite strikers and Hardy will give us an answer to that question one way or another.

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