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



    Sunday



    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Illir Latifi vs. Gegard Mousasi From the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Minotauro Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum Jason Rony vs. Mike Wilkinson; Daniel Sarafian vs. Eddie Mendez; Erick Silva vs. Jason High; Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Feijao; William Patolino vs. Leonardo Santos; Antonio Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum. From Fortaleza, Brazil.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 Episode 12: Gave a Hundred The last semi-final match takes place to determine who will move on to fight in the live finale.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 Episode 13: The Ultimate Finale UFC Returns to The Pearl at The Palms for The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. The main event will feature Jens Pulver vs. B.J. Penn.

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



    Sunday



    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Unleashed


    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Special
    Rener & Ryron Gracie In this in-depth interview, Rener and Ryron Gracie detail the Gracie Jiu Jitsu legacy, past to present. The brothers cover everything from how their grandfather Helio developed Gracie Jiu Jitsu to why their father Rorion started the UFC, and finally how they plan to perpetuate the family name/legacy by making Gracie Jiu Jitsu available to everyone in the world.

    3:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Ronda Rousey In this edition of UFC Tonight, get a preview of all the official news, views, and action for UFC 162: Silva vs Weidman in Las Vegas, NV.

    1:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Special Legends II
    Jay Glazer discusses the early days of the UFC, the best and worst parts of fame, and what retirement really means with fighting legends Royce Gracie, Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, and The "People's Champ," Tito Ortiz.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva
    Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva; Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron; John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga; Josh Neer vs. Justin Edwards. From Minneapolis.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz Nick Diaz returns to the UFC to face former Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn; Roy Nelson vs. Mirko Cro Cop.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 10: Traitor The final two quarterfinal matches. Teammates Nick Diaz and Corey Hill will square off along with Matt Wiman vs. Manny Gamburyan.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 11: I Humbly Apologize UFC veteran Karo Parisyan almost gets into a fist fight with Nate Diaz.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Minotauro Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
    Jason Rony vs. Mike Wilkinson; Daniel Sarafian vs. Eddie Mendez; Erick Silva vs. Jason High; Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Feijao; William Patolino vs. Leonardo Santos; Antonio Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum. From Fortaleza, Brazil.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Unleashed


    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Unleashed

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



    Friday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao
    Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao; Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson; Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa; Jorge Santiago Gunnar Nelson; Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna; Matt Riddle vs. Che Mills. From London.

    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Countdown
    UFC 161 Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Antonio Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
    Jason Rony vs. Mike Wilkinson; Daniel Sarafian vs. Eddie Mendez; Erick Silva vs. Jason High; Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Feijao; William Patolino vs. Leonardo Santos; Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum. From Fortaleza, Brazil.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 8: Not on the Concrete Dana White sits down with the Coaches to decide the 4 quarterfinal match-ups. A brutal street fight takes place in the house that has serious ramifications.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 9: It Was a Brawl In the second quarterfinal fight Brandon Melendez (Team Pulver) takes on Gray Maynard (Team Penn).

    3:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Countdown
    UFC 161 Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    3:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Countdown
    UFC 161 Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown
    UFC 161 Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    4:00 p.m. ET The Score: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Weigh-ins
    Before they step into the Octagon, they must first step onto the scale. Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 161 Weigh-Ins
    Before they step into the Octagon, they must first step onto the scale. Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Weigh-ins
    Before they step into the Octagon, they must first step onto the scale. Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Weigh-ins
    Before they step into the Octagon, they must first step onto the scale. Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: Weigh-in for UFC 161
    Before they step into the Octagon, they must first step onto the scale. Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao
    Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao; Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson; Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa; Jorge Santiago Gunnar Nelson; Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna; Matthew Riddle vs. Che Mills. From London.

    7:00 p.m. ET AXS: HDNet Fights: The Voice vs. Badr Hari
    Badr Hari discusses his controversies, mental health and reveals who he would most like to knock out.

    8:00 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 294 Kenny and Bas Rutten preview UFC 161; Gohkan Saki chats with Bas; a look at XFC 24.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS: TV Fights
    XFC 24: Collision Course Scott Holtzman vs. John Mahlow. From Tampa, Florida.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 68: Tim Sylvia vs. Randy Couture. Randy Couture comes out of retirement to challenge for the heavyweight title; Matt Hughes and Rich Franklin.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports: World Series of Fighting 3
    Jon Fitch vs. Josh Burkman; Tyson Steele vs. Steve Carl. From Las Vegas.

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

    11:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 294 Kenny and Bas Rutten preview UFC 161; Gohkan Saki chats with Bas; a look at XFC 24.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: Weigh-in for UFC 161
    Before they step into the Octagon, they must first step onto the scale. Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

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



    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown
    UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

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


    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Heavy Hits; Teixeira; Rock Hold; Rogan The UFC's greatest offensive talents discuss the best landing spot for the heaviest hit; see the softer side of Glover Teixeira; Luke Rockhold in studio; the phenomenon of UFC debut jitters.

    6:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Swanson; Velasquez; Buffer; Octagon Girls Cub Swanson shares his inspiring story of perseverance; Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez full blast; Bruce Buffer reflects on a career; behind the scenes with the Octagon girls.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate InsiderBest of Urijah Faber
    As a pioneer for the lighter weight classes, Urijah Faber quickly became an icon and a champion.

    7:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 145

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
    Jason Rony vs. Mike Wilkinson; Daniel Sarafian vs. Eddie Mendez; Erick Silva vs. Jason High; Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Cavalcante; William Patolino vs. Leonardo Santos; Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum. From Fortaleza, Brazil.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    UFC 161: Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland -Preview for UFC 161: Barao vs. Wineland from MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 145

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 68: Tim Sylvia vs. Randy Couture comes out of retirement to challenge for the heavyweight title; Matt Hughes and Rich Franklin.

    5:00 p.m. ET The Score: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    UFC 161: Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland -Preview for UFC 161: Barao vs. Wineland from MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    8:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 145

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Fastest Fights in Pride History Countdown of the fastest fights.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin meet in the octagon; Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira against Jason Brilz.

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

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 9: It Was a Brawl In the second quarterfinal fight Brandon Melendez (Team Pulver) takes on Gray Maynard (Team Penn).

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



    Wednesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
    From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 7: Be the General Coach B.J. Penn squares off with a team member. Dana White confronts Penn about the direction of his team. The final four of fighters square off in the final 2 preliminary bouts.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 8: Not on the Concrete Dana White sits down with the Coaches to decide the 4 quarterfinal match-ups. A brutal street fight takes place in the house that has serious ramifications.

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Heavy Hits; Teixeira; Rock Hold; Rogan The UFC's greatest offensive talents discuss the best landing spot for the heaviest hit; see the softer side of Glover Teixeira; Luke Rockhold in studio; the phenomenon of UFC debut jitters.

    10:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Swanson; Velasquez; Buffer; Octagon Girls Cub Swanson shares his inspiring story of perseverance; Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez full blast; Bruce Buffer reflects on a career; behind the scenes with the Octagon girls.

    11:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Urijah Faber As a pioneer for the lighter weight classes, Urijah Faber quickly became an icon and a champion.

    11:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 145

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    UFC 161: Preview for UFC 161: Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland from MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    2:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 145

    3:00 p.m. ET fuelTV: UFC: Antonio Minotauro Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
    Jason Rony vs. Mike Wilkinson; Daniel Sarafian vs. Eddie Mendez; Erick Silva vs. Jason High; Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Feijao; William Patolino vs. Leonardo Santos; Antonio Minotauro Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum. From Fortaleza, Brazil.

    5:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown
    UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    UFC 161: Preview for UFC 161: Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland from MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 145

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 68: Randy Couture comes out of retirement to challenge for the heavyweight title; Matt Hughes and Rich Franklin.

    8:00 p.m. ET The Score: The Ultimate Fighter Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
    The Ultimate Fighter features professional MMA fighters living together in Las Vegas, Nevada, and follows them as they train and compete against each other for a prized contract with the UFC.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 21
    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: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 9: It Was a Brawl In the second quarterfinal fight Brandon Melendez (Team Pulver) takes on Gray Maynard (Team Penn).

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KOs 1
    Reviewing devastating K.O.'s and headlining some of the biggest stars in the history of MMA.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao
    Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao; Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson; Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa; Jorge Santiago Gunnar Nelson; Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna; Matt Riddle vs. Che Mills. From London.

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  • Roundtable: 'Feijao vs. Henderson' By: TJ De Santis

    Jack Encarnacao returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Friday for a roundtable discussion for tomorrow night's Strikeforce: Feijao Vs Henderson card. Joining Jack as a panel of MMA journalists including Jordan Breen, Todd Martin and Mike Chiapetta.

    Check the pre-fight analysis here.

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  • Audio: Henderson, 'Feijao' Media Call

    Strikeforce held a conference call for the media on Wednesday to promote its March 5 Columbus, Ohio, event.

    Dan Henderson and Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante.



    Listen to Tuesday's complete Strikeforce conference call.

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  • Strikeforce Postmortem: Upset Specials, Noons’ Bad Knee, More By: Jake Rossen



    Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (left) vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com


    The problem with perfect records is their limited shelf life: no one can depend on being undefeated in order to remain an attraction. Fight enough and you will eventually run into someone who has answers for everything you have and questions you can’t address.

    Bobby Lashley and Muhammed Lawal both had their pristine careers tarnished Saturday: Lawal was unable to hold down the relentless Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, while Lashley somehow managed to lose a fight he was winning virtually every minute of up until that point.

    It’s hard to know who suffers more: that Lashley lost is not too surprising, though few expected it to be against Chad Griggs -- a man so far off the industry radar that Lashley hadn’t even seen tape of his opponent. Lawal, meanwhile, was perceived as one of the top athletes in the sport and had broken into the top 10 with a win over Gegard Mousasi. Losing to Cavalcante, who is barely a year removed from a KO loss to fringe player Mike Kyle, means we either underestimated the Brazilian or severely overestimated the former champion.

    With Lawal’s confidence both in and out of the ring -- his hands-at-hips striking style has the arrogance of Roy Jones without the ability -- it’s easy to forget he’s barely two years into a fight career. But Lashley, always impatient to have a crack at Fedor Emelianenko or a current champion, may be more easily intimidated by finding out he’s human.

    In either case, they both proved a point worth repeating: anyone in the business of promoting invincible fighters isn’t going to be in business for long.

    Next for Lawal: A confidence-rebuilder against Kevin Randleman.

    Next for Cavalcante: An opportunistic Mousasi.

    Next for Lashley: Andrei Arlovski and a guaranteed win for someone who needs it.

    Next for Griggs: Brett Rogers.

    Next for K.J. Noons: Gilbert Melendez.

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  • Strikeforce ‘Houston’ Primer By: Jake Rossen



    Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal file photo: Dave mandel | Sherdog.com


    The best 205-pound fighter not currently tied to the UFC is undoubtedly Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, a former Division II wrestler who has earned three solid wins out of a seven-fight career and has the potential to claim many more. He’s reason enough to be interested in Strikeforce’s Saturday event on Showtime, even if his opponent might not contribute much to Lawal’s reputation.

    Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante is a durable Nogueira-bred fighter who does not possess the wrestling to ward off the machinelike takedowns of Lawal: If every successive fight should try to tell us something new about an athlete, then we probably won’t be getting much of an education this weekend. But Cavalcante can hit -- hard -- and won’t be quick to wilt on his back. Lawal’s -500 number on the betting boards might be a little too generous.

    If Lawal succeeds as most expect, he’ll continue to have potential as a promising attraction. The only drawback is Strikeforce’s limited roster in finding him fights. Potential is no substitution for results.

    What: Strikeforce: Houston, an 11-bout card from the Toyota Center in Houston

    When: Saturday, Aug. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime, with two undercard bouts streaming live at 9 p.m. ET on Sherdog.com

    Why You Should Care: Because Lawal might be Strikeforce’s most personable (and marketable) athlete, and may decide to spill an energy drink on Mauro Ranallo; because Tim Kennedy is a very real threat to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza thanks to an incredible work ethic; and because Bobby Lashley may be taking one step closer to fighting someone even halfway relevant following a bout with Chad Griggs.

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  • Audio: Lawal-Cavalcante Conference Call

    Strikeforce held a conference call for the media on Monday to promote its Aug. 21 Houston, Texas, event.

    Muhammed Lawal, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Bobby Lashley, Chad Griggs and CEO Scott Coker participated in the call. Audio from the teleconference is available in the player below.




    Listen to Monday's complete Strikeforce conference call.

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