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



    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: 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.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports: UFC: Alves vs. Kampmann
    Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann; Mackens Semerzier vs. Daniel Pineda. From Sydney, Australia.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Fastest Fights in Pride History Countdown of the fastest fights.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    UFC 143 Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit; UFC 142 Rousimar Palharesand and Mike Massenzio; Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon at UFC 144.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Belfort vs. Bisping
    Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping; C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian; Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell; Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov. From Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    3:00 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.

    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
    Season 18 Episode 2: Ladies First

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



    Sunday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC on FX
    Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann; Mackens Semerzier vs. Daniel Pineda. From Sydney, Australia.

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


    12:00 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.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 149: Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Ultimate Insider
    Anthony Pettis Erik Perez Josh Barnett Joe Rogan

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Unleashed
    Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos in UFC on Fox; Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum in UFC 143; lightweight fight Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim in UFC 142.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of Pride Fighting Championships
    Wanderlei Silva vs. Dan Henderson

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Ultimate Insider
    Anthony Pettis Erik Perez Josh Barnett Joe Rogan

    8:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Ultimate Insider
    On The Brink in Boston

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 149: Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao

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



    Friday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos in UFC on Fox; Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum in UFC 143; lightweight fight Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim in UFC 142.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall
    From Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

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

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann
    Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann; Mackens Semerzier vs. Daniel Pineda. From Sydney, Australia.

    4:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Fantastic Finishes
    EPISODE: 4 2005 UFC match between Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg; 2001 Kevin Harvick's first NASCAR Cup series win; college football upset when Colorado beats Oklahoma in 2007.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson
    Rousimar Palhares vs. Hector Lombard; Norman Parke vs. Colin Fletcher; Scott Bradley vs. Robert Whittaker; George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson. From Queensland, Australia. (Card subject to change)

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 305 Iconic moments in mixed martial arts.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS: AXS TV Fights
    Legacy Fighting Championship 22 Paul Buentello and James McSweeney compete.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Conor McGregor; Joe Lauzon; Travis Browne; Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar

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



    Tuesday



    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Greatest Japanese Fighters The best of Pride's Japanese hometown stars.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 145: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Prelims: Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda; Mike Brown vs. Steven Siler; Max Holloway vs. Conor McGregor; Michael McDonald vs. Brad Pickett. From the TD Garden in Boston.

    4:30 p.m. ET MavTV: Monster Knockouts
    EPISODE: 10 Ray Mercer's brutal first-round knockout; fighter goes down for the count; two brawling females.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann
    Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann; Mackens Semerzier vs. Daniel Pineda. From Sydney, Australia.

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


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


    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva

    7:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: Greatest KnockOuts
    EPISODE: 7

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


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

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: Monster Knockouts
    EPISODE: 9 Michael Moorer unloads with a left; a cage warrior gets his skull rattled by a punch; a kick boxer delivers a spinning back kick.

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



    Wednesday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    Legends Royce Gracie, Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, and 'The People's Champ' Tito Ortiz.

    5:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: Ultimate Answers
    UFC fighters' takes on topics from the hard-hitting to the totally random.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC
    Ultimate Submissions 2

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Alexander Gustafsson's San Diego training; Joe Lauzon's signature moves; Arianny Celeste poses.

    10:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Flashback Seattle; Heavyweights Collide Experience UFC on FOX 5 from a new perspective; The comeback of Cain Velasquez; Randy Couture analyzes the Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez championship fight.

    11:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC From All Angles
    Middleweight Mark Munoz and welterweight Jake Ellenberger.

    1:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Part one of The Top 50 Moments of 2012. From one-punch knockouts to amazing submissions to come-from-behind victories, UFC TONIGHT's Kenny Florian takes us through moments 50-26 in this week's special.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012 Part 2 Relive the Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012, from 25 down to number one, as we count down the year's greatest events in mixed martial arts.

    2:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    Welterweights The UFC's top welterweight fighters Renzo Gracie, George St. Pierre, B.J. Penn and Matt Serra.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann Prelims
    The next generation of UFC stars in a night of unforgettable action.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Presents Benson Henderson: Rising Up
    Benson Henderson's mother, brother, girlfriend, coach and Benson, himself, reveal the motivations and desires that drive him.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Greatest fights in Pride history.

    6:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Mana From Neil Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu,HI.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Part one of The Top 50 Moments of 2012. From one-punch knockouts to amazing submissions to come-from-behind victories, UFC TONIGHT's Kenny Florian takes us through moments 50-26 in this week's special.

    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012 Part 2 Relive the Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012, from 25 down to number one, as we count down the year's greatest events in mixed martial arts.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 147: Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin II Highlights of UFC 147 in Brazil.

    8:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 7
    A historic collection of match ups.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 6
    Great knockouts including an epic battle between Randy Velarde and Tim Conrad.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Mana From Neil Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu,HI.

    11:00 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.

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 6
    Great knockouts including an epic battle between Randy Velarde and Tim Conrad.

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



    Wednesday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Conventioneers
    UFC Fan Expo Jason and Matt jump into the trade show octagon at the UFC: Ultimate Fighting Championship Fan Expo.

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown
    Leading up to the Heavyweight title fight UFC 155: Junior dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez II.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 14: Finale Jonathan Brookins vs. Dustin Poirier; Jamie Varner vs. Melvin Guillard; Shane del Rosario vs. Pat Barry; Mike Ricci vs. Colton Smith; Matt Mitrione vs. Roy Nelson. From Las Vegas. (Card subject to change)

    11:00 a.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; Chad Mendes' dominating performance.

    11:00 a.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.

    11:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Alexander Gustafsson's San Diego training; Joe Lauzon's signature moves; Arianny Celeste poses.

    12:00 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.

    1:00 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.

    2:00 p.m. 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.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Part one of The Top 50 Moments of 2012. From one-punch knockouts to amazing submissions to come-from-behind victories, UFC TONIGHT's Kenny Florian takes us through moments 50-26 in this week's special.

    2:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Relive the Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012 part 2, from 25 down to number one, as we count down the year's greatest events in mixed martial arts.

    3:00 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.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann Prelims
    The next generation of UFC stars in a night of unforgettable action.

    4:00 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.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown
    Leading up to the Heavyweight title fight UFC 155: Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez II.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: King of the Cage


    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Part one of The Top 50 Moments of 2012. From one-punch knockouts to amazing submissions to come-from-behind victories, UFC TONIGHT's Kenny Florian takes us through moments 50-26 in this week's special.

    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Part 2 Relive the Top 50 UFC Moments in 2012, from 25 down to number one, as we count down the year's greatest events in mixed martial arts.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 143: Nick Diaz takes on Carlos Condit for the Interim title.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV : King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 5
    A historic collection of match ups.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 3
    The most brutal and devastating K.O.'s in MMA history.

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


    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Cain Valasquez vs. Junior dos Santos
    From the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz
    Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz; Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio Rua; Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn; Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick. From Seattle.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 2
    Devastating knockouts that changed the history of MMA.

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



    Tuesday

    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 greatest knockouts in pride history.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 10: Coming for You The rift grows between Michael Hill and Mike Ricci; the quarterfinals kick off as Bristol Marunde faces Neil Magny; Colton Smith takes on Igor Araujo with a spot in the semifinals on the line.

    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 Unrestricted
    An unprecedented and exclusive look deep inside the tense 36 hours leading up to UFC 148.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fight Edition Highlights from UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit from Montreal, Canada.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    10:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Georges St-Pierre GSP's 10 month rehab; Jon Anik travels to Montreal for an interview with the welterweight champ.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann in Sydney, Australia.

    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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  • Roundtable: Strikeforce 'Tate vs. Rousey'

    Jack Encarnacao was back on The Sherdog Radio Network Thursday for the UFC/Strikeforce Roundtable. Joining Jack were Sherdog regulars, Jordan Breen and Jon Luther, as well as Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter.

    The gang broke down the complete fight cards for the upcoming UFC on FX 2 event Friday and Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey on Saturday.

    here.

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  • Sherdog MMA Pick’Em: UFC on FX 2 By: Sherdog.com Staff




    Cue Men at Work.

    The Ultimate Fighting Championship heads Down Under for the first time in more than a year, as former welterweight title contender Thiago Alves locks horns with the world-ranked Martin Kampmann in the UFC on FX 2 main event on Friday at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.

    The promotion’s second appearance on the FX network -- which also features the first round of the UFC flyweight tournament -- will serve up the latest opportunity for Sherdog MMA Pick’Em players to put their knowledge and expertise to the test in the site’s groundbreaking fantasy game.

    Alves (19-8) will be seeking back-to-back wins for the first time since 2008. The 28-year-old American Top Team representative last appeared at UFC 138 in November, when he submitted the previously unbeaten Papy Abedi with a first-round rear-naked choke at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. Long viewed as one of the welterweight division’s premier standup fighters, Alves has secured more than half (11) of his 19 professional victories by knockout or technical knockout. Wins over former title contender Josh Koscheck and UFC hall of famer Matt Hughes anchor his resume.

    Kampmann (18-5) has not fought since UFC 139 in November, when he took a bite out of Rick Story and captured a unanimous decision from the fast-rising welterweight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. An Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts export, the 29-year-old Dane wields a diverse and potent offensive game, as evidenced by his seven wins by knockout or technical knockout and six more by submission. Kampmann owns a 2009 victory over Carlos Condit, the man who holds the interim UFC welterweight crown.

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  • UFC 124 Postmortem: ‘Rush’ Hour By: Jake Rossen



    Georges St. Pierre | Dave Mandel: Sherdog.com



    Even after making Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, and Thiago Alves look like they don’t belong in MMA, there’s still the idea that Georges St. Pierre isn’t the best fighter working: he hasn't been finishing, is unable or unwilling to put himself at enough risk to get that hostile, and therefore takes a back seat to fireball-throwing Anderson Silva. (Or, if you’re feeling really numb in the head, Jose Aldo.)

    Never mind that all three of those opponents are barely ever put away; never mind that Silva had his own run of distance fights with Thales Leites and Demian Maia, or that Silva’s celebrated “move” to 205 included James Irvin. St. Pierre, whether he’s finishing or not, has displayed the most complete understanding of MMA to date: he can wrestle at a level that embarrasses NCAA champions and can strike with enough efficiency to harm others without coming to harm himself. There’s not much more you can ask of an MMA fighter.

    I like definitive endings as much as anyone. It provides closure and it’s exciting and it looks terrific on a hype reel, but there comes a point when both fighters and fans realize that value can’t be completely wrapped up in violent finishes: walking into Koscheck’s right hand and losing status that’s taken years to build is not an even trade. (Ali winning as many fights by decision as he did by stoppage in the 1970s didn’t seem to bother anyone.) St. Pierre is exceptional not only for the skills he brings, but for what he risks -- a profile as an all-time great.

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