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  • Dave Meltzer 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 Wrestling Observer Newsletter founder and editor Dave Meltzer.

    With Bellator's eighth season kickoff slated for Thursday in Irvine, Calif., Breen and Meltzer discuss the season's potential and importance for the company, now owned by Viacom and broadcasting live on Spike. The two delve into what kind of ratings can be expected, the role pro-wrestling organization TNA will play as a lead-in for the first live event on Spike, the configuration of the live card and Bellator's struggle to make television stars in the MMA game.

    The pair discuss the signing and promotion of Muhammed Lawal, his stint in TNA and the shortcomings of the idea, why Josh Barnett might be the best candidate for a simultaneous Bellator-TNA fighting-wrestling star and the negative ramifications of Bellator's negotiations with Eddie Alvarez.

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

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



    Wednesday



    5:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    FUEL TV's expert panel of analysts, Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen, Kenny Florian and Brian Stann sit down with Jay Glazer.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Best of 2012: The Year in Review
    Relive the thrilling action of the best bouts, the greatest knockouts and submissions.

    11:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable Legends
    Royce Gracie, Mark 'Coleman, Randy Couture, and 'The People's Champ' Tito Ortiz.

    11:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Belfort the Blackzilian; Faber Family Holiday; TUF17 Riff Vitor Belfort gained a 2nd one in the Blackzilians; Urijah Faber celebrates Christmas; Joe Rogan riffs on the upcoming season; Anthony Pettis watches Octagonside.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC TonightFX 7: Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping - Preview
    A preview of all the official news, views, and action for FX 7: Vitor Belfort vs Michael Bisping.

    2:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Belfort the Blackzilian; Faber Family Holiday; TUF17 Riff Vitor Belfort gained a 2nd one in the Blackzilians; Urijah Faber celebrates Christmas; Joe Rogan riffs on

    3:00 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

    5:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Lightweights are highlighted with guest Michael Chandler.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The greatest knockouts in pride history.

    6:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Middleweights

    6:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Gun Show
    Gun Show from San Manuel Casino in Highland Calif.; Joshua Aveles vs. Marcus Mowers; Scott Catlin vs. Sam Liera; Nick Rossborough vs. Tony Lopez; Brandon Hunt, vs. Johnny Cisneros; Brad Burrick vs. David Gomez.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC TonightFX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping - Preview
    A preview of all the official news, views, and action for FX 7: Vitor Belfort vs Michael Bisping.

    7:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Welterweights are highlighted with guest Ben Askren.

    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Belfort the Blackzilian; Faber Family Holiday; TUF17 Riff Vitor Belfort gained a 2nd one in the Blackzilians; Urijah Faber celebrates Christmas; Joe Rogan riffs on the upcoming season; Anthony Pettis watches Octagonside.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 145: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

    8:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Featherweights are highlighted with guest Pat Curran.

    8:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 8
    A historic collection of matchups.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 7
    An electrifying collection of KO's featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Gun Show
    Gun Show from San Manuel Casino in Highland Calif.; Joshua Aveles vs. Marcus Mowers; Scott Catlin vs. Sam Liera; Nick Rossborough vs. Tony Lopez; Brandon Hunt, vs. Johnny Cisneros; Brad Burrick vs. David Gomez.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: The Ultimate Fighter
    Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson

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

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The greatest knockouts in pride history.

    11:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Lightweights are highlighted with guest Michael Chandler.

    12:00 a.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Middleweights

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson
    Rousimar Palhares vs. Hector Lombard; Norman Parke vs. Colin Fletcher; Bradley Scott vs. Robert Whittaker; George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson. From Queensland, Australia. (Card subject to change)

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 7
    An electrifying collection of KO's featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

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  • Bellator 67 Moment: Chandler vs. Gono



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  • Podcast: Bjorn Rebney Joins 'Beatdown' By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Internet issues kept the SRN from going live Thursday. However, TJ De Santis was back for a taped edition of "Beatdown."

    Bellator puts on it's 67th show tomorrow night in Rama, Ontario. Bjorn Rebney joined TJ De Santis to chat about the current season of Bellator, its show Friday night, and the departure of middleweight champion Hector Lombard.

    Get "Beatdown" here.

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  • Podcast: Michael Chandler

    Jeff Sherwood and Greg Savage were back Monday for another edition of 'The Savage Dog Show' on The Sherdog Radio Network.

    The pair were joined by Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler to discuss his upcoming non-title bout against mixed martial arts veteran Akihiro Gono.

    Also, the duo discussed the ongoing season of 'TUF' and Alistair Overeem's hearing before the Nevada Athletic Commission.

    Check out "The Savage Dog Show here.

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  • Giving Thanks for Last Weekend's Action By: Jeff Sherwood

    This weekend past was definitely a weekend that MMA fans should have been thankful for. We got to watch some MMA fights that weren’t just good, they were great -- true classics.

    The UFC 139 card in San Jose ended with some bombs between “Shogun” and “Hendo.” You can easily argue that it could be the “Fight of the Year” for 2011. In a bloody fight that went back and forth, Henderson and Rua gave us a fight that showed why the UFC wanted five-round non-title fights in main events. I’m not even going to get into the Le-Silva fight, either, a fight that could’ve been “Fight of the Night” on just about any other night.

    But, it wasn’t just UFC 139 on Saturday night. We also had the pleasure of watching Bellator coming to us live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla. The main event was Eddie Alvarez defending his lightweight strap against Michael Chandler. Chandler battled his way through the lightweight tourney to get the chance to fight Alvarez, while Alvarez was being mentioned by many as the best fighter not fighting in the UFC.

    I will admit I expected Chandler to come out and look to wrestle Alvarez, but wrestling did not seem to be in the former Mizzou Tiger’s game plan as he started the fight with a bang and dropped Alvarez. Referee Troy Waugh seemed like he was about to stop the fight just as Alvarez was getting his bearings back and able to get back to his feet. As comes with lightweights, these fighters did not tire the entire fight and both had plenty of “Wow!” moments in the fight, trading dominant rounds back and forth.

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  • Podcast: Chandler, Torres, McDonald By: Luca Fury

    Live radio was back in full effect with new episodes of "Beatdown" and "The savage Dog Show." TJ De Santis and Jack Encarnacao returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Monday for a new episode of "Beatdown." They were joined by Miguel Torres.

    Torres joined the show to discuss his win over Nick Pace at this past weekend's UFC 139 card. Torres broke down the bout and who his future at bantamweight.

    Greg Savage and TJ De Santis returned for another edition of "The Savage Dog Show." Joining them were Michael Chandler and Michael McDonald to discuss their weekend wins.

    Check out the show and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Radio: Escovedo, Buentello, Chandler By: TJ De Santis

    Live radio was rocking Friday on The Sherdog Radio Network with new episodes of "Beatdown" and "The Savage Dog Show."

    On "Beatdown" Jack Encarnacao chatted with Bellator fighter Michael Chandler. The season four lightweight tournament winner talked about his road through tournament and his upcoming title shot against Eddie Alvarez.

    "The Savage Dog Show" was hosted by Jeff Sherwood with myself filling in for a traveling Greg Savage. On "The SDS" today we chatted with MMA fighters Paul Buentello and new UFC signee Cole Escovedo.

    Check out the show and our archives by clicking here.

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