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





    Tuesday



    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Behind-the-scenes of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    UFC to Pride Fighters that successfully transition from UFC to Pride.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga
    Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche; Bobby Voelker vs. Robbie Lawler; Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald; John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Seattle.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 147: Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin II Highlights of UFC 147 in Brazil.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne Behind-the-scenes with MMA fighters.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Evans vs. Davis
    Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis; Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping; Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman. From Chicago.

    1:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    2:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 13: The Final Countdown The pressure is on Aussie striker Vik Grujic; Canadian middleweight Sheldon Westcott is looking for a Canadian sweep.

    3:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    4:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC: Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy Middleweight weigh-in from Quebec City.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne Behind-the-scenes with MMA fighters.

    6:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson Enhanced replay of a memorable title fight.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


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


    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    8:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Flashback
    Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson Enhanced replay of a memorable title fight.

    9:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: Greatest KnockOuts
    EPISODE: 13 Urijah Faber squares off with Hiroyuki Abe in a battle that ends with a vicious KO plus much more.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Rumble, Part 2 Aaron Perls vs. Dorian Dixon. From Feb. 8, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC: Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy Middleweight weigh-in from Quebec City.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 13: The Final Countdown The pressure is on Aussie striker Vik Grujic; Canadian middleweight Sheldon Westcott is looking for a Canadian sweep.

    12:00 a.m. ET MAvTV: King of the Cage


    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Fight for the Troops on FOX Sports 1
    Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith; Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal; Yoel Romero vs. Ronny Markes; Alexis Davis vs. Liz Carmouche; Rafael Natal vs. Tim Kennedy. From Fort Campbell, Ky.

    12:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia

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





    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 13: The Final Countdown The pressure is on Aussie striker Vik Grujic; Canadian middleweight Sheldon Westcott is looking for a Canadian sweep.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC UnleashedBad Blood
    Bitter rivalries and grudge matches.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 13: The Final Countdown The pressure is on Aussie striker Vik Grujic; Canadian middleweight Sheldon Westcott is looking for a Canadian sweep.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 162: UFC 162 made history in July of 2013 when longtime champion and future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva first took on undefeated Chris Weidman.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga
    Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche; Bobby Voelker vs. Robbie Lawler; Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald; John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Seattle.

    12:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 13: The Final Countdown The pressure is on Aussie striker Vik Grujic; Canadian middleweight Sheldon Westcott is looking for a Canadian sweep.

    5:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Behind-the-scenes of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 13: The Final Countdown The pressure is on Aussie striker Vik Grujic; Canadian middleweight Sheldon Westcott is looking for a Canadian sweep.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 162: UFC 162 made history in July of 2013 when longtime champion and future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva first took on undefeated Chris Weidman.

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





    Friday



    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga
    Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche; Bobby Voelker vs. Robbie Lawler; Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald; John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Seattle.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson 2 – Prelims From Natal, Brazil.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 11: Undefeated Fighters battle for a spot in the final.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    8:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: The Voice Versus
    Tito Ortiz discusses being kicked off the reality show and his relationship with Jenna Jameson.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 334 Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten interview Eddie Bravo; Ron Kruck talks to Rousimar Palhares.

    9:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    Bellator MMA Live 1005

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Lion Fight 14
    Cristiane Justino fights Jorina Baars for the women's welterweight title; Gregory Choplin meets Marco Pique; live from Las Vegas.

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





    Tuesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson 2 From Natal, Brazil.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga
    Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche; Bobby Voelker vs. Robbie Lawler; Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald; John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Seattle.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From Winnipeg.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of WEC
    UFC Stars MMA stars showcase their skills.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga
    Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche; Bobby Voelker vs. Robbie Lawler; Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald; John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Seattle.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 10: With Friends Like These Teammates battle in a bout of courage and betrayal.

    7:30 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Future Legends 21: Part 2 From Eastside Cannery Row and Casino in Las Vegas.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson 2 From Natal, Brazil.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Future Legends 21: Part 1 From Eastside Cannery Row and Casino in Las Vegas.

    12:00 a.m. ET MAvTV: King of the Cage
    Future Legends 21: Part 2 From Eastside Cannery Row and Casino in Las Vegas.

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





    Tuesday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga
    Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche; Bobby Voelker vs. Robbie Lawler; Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald; John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Seattle.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    The greatest knockouts in pride history.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 158: Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    One Punch Knockouts

    1:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 8: Rattle Them Bones In the final match-up of the preliminaries, Aussie striker Vik Grujic takes on Canadian Luke Harris.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 171: Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler Go behind the scenes as six elite fighters prepare for pivotal bouts at UFC 171.

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


    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    UFC 170; Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson; Forrest Griffin & Stephan Bonnar Inside look at classic bouts.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 171: Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler Go behind the scenes as six elite fighters prepare for pivotal bouts at UFC 171.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage

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  • Firas Zahabi: With Georges St. Pierre on Leave, Door Open for Rory MacDonald By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Trainer Firas Zahabi, on “Beatdown,” discussing Rory MacDonald’s view on the welterweight division and Georges St. Pierre’s hiatus:

    “The door’s open now, and that’s a motivator for sure. I think what relieves Rory more are all the questions [that have stopped]. Are you going to fight Georges? I think he was getting enough of it. He was adamant about saying no. He didn’t want to fight Georges. Georges didn’t want to fight Rory. I didn’t want them to fight, but it seemed like the whole world wouldn’t stop asking until we gave them the yes answer. I think all three of us are glad that those questions are done and I think there’s a new motivation now for Rory and myself and Georges. We’re turning a new chapter in our lives and who knows what’s going to happen? It’s exciting.”

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  • Podcast: Firas Zahabi on ‘Beatdown’ By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio Network on Tuesday morning for another edition of “Beatdown.” Joining them on today’s broadcast was mixed martial arts trainer Firas Zahabi.

    Firas Zahabi has become one of the premier trainers in mixed martial arts. The head of Tristar Gym in Montreal joined TJ and Jeff to discuss the latest news pertaining to his stable of fighters. Firas spoke about Rory MacDonald’s latest victory over Demian Maia at UFC 170, Francis Carmont’s losing effort against Ronaldo Souza, and if he feels Georges St. Pierre is any closer on making a return to mixed martial arts.

    De Santis and Sherwood take a look at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night card, the kickoff to the new Bellator season, and give listeners a chance to win packs of Topps UFC Bloodlines cards. The guys also take listener calls, emails, and tweets.

    Check out the show here

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





    Friday



    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Season 1 Episode 7: Canada vs. Australia: Chills and Thrills Richie's win has the Aussies on a roll; 4-time Judo Olympian Dan Kelly faces Canadian striker Sheldon Westcott.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, Rory MacDonald vs. Mike Pyle; Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim; Brendan Schaub vs Mirko Cro Cop; Rashad Evans vs Tito Ortiz.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, Nate Diaz fights Jim Miller; Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills; Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira; Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann Go behind the scenes as six elite fighters prepare for pivotal bouts at UFC 170 on Saturday, February 22.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Thomson/McMann/ Gracies/McGregor

    2:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    2:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    2:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario:UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    2:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    2:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Season 1 Episode 7: Canada vs. Australia: Chills and Thrills Richie's win has the Aussies on a roll; 4-time Judo Olympian Dan Kelly faces Canadian striker Sheldon Westcott.

    3:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    3:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    3:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Thomson/McMann/ Gracies/McGregor

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 168: Rousey vs. Tate Heated rivals Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate rematch in one of the most exciting fights in the women's bantamweight division.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann Go behind the scenes as six elite fighters prepare for pivotal bouts at UFC 170 on Saturday, February 22.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC 170: Ronda Rousey vs.Sara McMann

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 157: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche

    8:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: The Voice Versus
    Dana White UFC President Dana White discusses the early days of UFC, boxing vs. MMA, and Fedor Emelianenko.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 329 Kenny Rice, Bas Rutten and Ron Kruck discuss UFC 170; Pat Miletich and Michael Schiavello preview Legacy FC 28.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: AXS TV Fights
    Legacy Fighting Championship 28 Bubba Bush fights Rakim Cleveland; champion kick boxer Cosmo Alexandre; live from San Antonio.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC 170: Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann

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





    Wednesday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Evans vs. Davis
    Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis; Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping; Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman. From Chicago.

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


    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    No Weight Classes Some of the biggest size discrepancies in MMA history.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Rory MacDonald vs. Mike Pyle; Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim; Brendan Schaub vs Mirko Cro Cop; Rashad Evans vs Tito Ortiz.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Evans vs. Davis
    Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis; Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping; Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman. From Chicago.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 168: Heated rivals Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate rematch in one of the most exciting fights in the women's bantamweight division.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents Breaking Ground
    Ronda Rousey The rise of the first female champion in UFC history.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents Breaking Ground
    Ronda Rousey The rise of the first female champion in UFC history.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 168: Heated rivals Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate rematch in one of the most exciting fights in the women's bantamweight division.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 170: Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann Go behind the scenes as six elite fighters prepare for pivotal bouts at UFC 170 on Saturday, February 22.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Make Some Noise Tyler's dramatic win has Team Australia celebrating; Australian welterweight Richie Walsh prepares to fight young Canadian Matthew Desroches.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Chills and Thrills Richie's win has the Aussies on a roll; 4-time Judo Olympian Dan Kelly faces Canadian striker Sheldon Westcott.

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





    Wednesday



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


    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga
    Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche; Bobby Voelker vs. Robbie Lawler; Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald; John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Seattle.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    Wanderlei Silva vs. Dan Henderson, Mark Kerr vs. Igor Borisov, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Heath Herring, and Josh Barnett vs. Mark Hunt.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Ali Bagautinov vs. Marcos Vinicius; Tor Troeng vs. Rafael Natal; Piotr Hallman vs. Francisco Trinaldo; Jussier Formiga vs. Joseph Benavidez; Jacare Souza vs. Yushin Okami; Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader. From Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Wild Thing With a 10-0 record, Tyler Manawaroa has become the house pest and gets under the skin of his next opponent.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    Wanderlei Silva vs. Dan Henderson, Mark Kerr vs. Igor Borisov, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Heath Herring, and Josh Barnett vs. Mark Hunt.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Wild Thing With a 10-0 record, Tyler Manawaroa has become the house pest and gets under the skin of his next opponent.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Gustafsson Alexander Gustafsson provides a tour of his Stockholm family home; the Mauler goes On the Brink as he takes on UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 165.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    9:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    9:00 p.m. ET NBC Sports Network: World Series of Fighting


    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Make Some Noise Tyler's dramatic win has Team Australia celebrating; Australian welterweight Richie Walsh prepares to fight young Canadian Matthew Desroches.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    11:00 p.m. ET NBC Sports Network: World Series of Fighting


    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

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