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



    Tuesday

    3:00 a.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 270 Matt Mitrione; Michael McDonald; Cheick Kongo; Dana White.

    4:30 a.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz
    Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz; Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio Rua; Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn; Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick. From Seattle.

    2:00 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.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The Brazilian Top Team The best of the greatest submission team in Pride.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 12: Semifinal Showdown Two semifinal fights determine which two men will move on to fight in the finale for a UFC contract.

    8:30 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.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    UFC 143 Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit; UFC 142 Rousimar Palhares and and Mike Massenzio; Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon at UFC 144.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    FX 6 A preview of all the official news, views, and action for UFC on FX 6: George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson.

    10:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Fuel for the Fire Long Island native Chris Weidman tours the town he loves; Alexander Gustafsson sits down with Jon Anik; Nate Diaz's submission game in Gracie Breakdown; experience Chad Mendes' dominating performance through the eyes of teammate Joseph Benavidez.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz
    Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz; Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio Rua; Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn; Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick. From Seattle.

    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.

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  • Weekend Rundown: Aldo’s Nova Uniao Campmates Win Big in Brazil By: Chris Nelson



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    This past weekend, as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defended his belt before 55,000 people in Toronto, a number of the 145-pound kingpin’s Nova União brethren were earning important wins of their own back in Brazil.

    Saturday night in Recife, Pernambuco, once-beaten 23-year-old Ronny Marki Sales da Silva (a.k.a. Ronny Markes) abused former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho in the 198-pound main event of International Fighter Championship’s debut offering. Da Silva, the current Shooto South America 200-pound titleholder, repeatedly took down “Paulao” and punished the erratic star on the ground en route to a unanimous decision victory. The loss was only Filho’s third in 26 fights and the win Da Silva’s third to date in 2011.

    Hermes Franca’s three-fight comeback streak ended in the co-main event, as the ex-WEC lightweight champ was knocked out 56 seconds into round two by the unheralded Thawa Ril. Franca is scheduled to face Drew Fickett for the Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight title in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on June 10.

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  • Postmortem: UFC on Versus 2 By: Jake Rossen





    If you want a snapshot that best describes the fork in the road for Jon Jones, look at these two post-fight headlines following his win over Vladimir Matyushenko on Sunday:

    Jon Jones Wants a Top 5 Opponent

    Trainer Wants to take it Slow with Jones

    You can watch the videos, but the messages are fairly on the nose: Jones is getting restless, and coach Greg Jackson isn’t. Both Jackson and the UFC understand that there’s little upside to rushing Jones along, matching him in a tough fight before he might be ready, and tanking his confidence prematurely. This is boxing’s model for grooming: years and dozens of fights to puff up silly records that can attract higher prize purses.

    Jones will never be strung along that far, but he’s already flirting with sandbagging. Matyushenko is an incredibly tough, durable fighter, but he also fit the classic archetype of an aging athlete with name recognition that’s fed to the promising younger talent. Thirty seconds in, the difference in speed was obvious, and the ending was inevitable. “I respect him,” Jones said after the fight. “He’s dangerous.” But it was the kind of cursory, empty compliment you pay more out of respect for a man’s career than what he was able to bring on the night in question.

    In the end, Jones’ career trajectory will be decided by the UFC, the ultimate arbitrator of who gets spoon-fed and who gets thrown into the fire. After the fight, Dana White was promising a “top eight” opponent for next time.

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