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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
    Rumble, Part 2 Aaron Perls vs. Dorian Dixon. From Feb. 8, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann; DaMarques Johnson vs. Gunnar Nelson; Pat Barry vs. Shane del Rosario.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents Anthony Pettis Showtime
    Anthony Pettis prepares for his championship bout.

    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 Unleashed
    Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs; Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 152: Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

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

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

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past

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

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF 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 Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    10:00 p.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.

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  • This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Vitor Belfort Turns 37 By: Brian Knapp

    Vitor Belfort turns 37 this week. | Photo: Sherdog.com



    Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Vitor Belfort will celebrate his 37th birthday on April 1.

    Belfort last appeared at UFC Fight Night 32 in November, when he knocked out Dan Henderson with a first-round head kick at the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil. The victory came on the heels of back-to-back finishes against “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 winner Michael Bisping and onetime Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold, leaving “The Phenom” as the No. 1 contender at 185 pounds. However, his controversial use of testosterone replacement therapy and the landmark Nevada Athletic Commission ban on TRT resulted in his being removed from a UFC 173 main event with middleweight boss Chris Weidman, scheduled for May 24 in Las Vegas. The match would have afforded Belfort the opportunity to become just the third two-division titleholder in UFC history, along with Randy Couture and B.J. Penn.

    A black belt in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Belfort has rattled off 10 wins in his last 12 appearances, losing only to Anderson Silva and Jon Jones.

    Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the week covering March 30-April 5:

    MARCH 30


    Bibiano Fernandes (34)
    Melvin Guillard (31)
    Rasul Mirzaev (28)
    Dan Lauzon (26)

    MARCH 31


    Naoya Ogawa (46)
    Reese Andy (41)
    Rich Clementi (37)
    James Zikic (37)
    Mike Kyle (34)
    Marloes Coenen (33)
    Ayaka Hamasaki (32)
    Fabio Silva (32)
    David Parker (29)
    Frank Gomez (28)

    APRIL 1


    Vitor Belfort (37)

    APRIL 2


    Luiz Cane (33)
    Cole Konrad (30)
    Yi-Sak Kim (28)

    APRIL 3


    Chael Sonnen (37)
    Kazunori Yokota (36)
    Travis Reddinger (32)

    APRIL 4


    Ray Mercer (53)
    Stephan Bonnar (37)
    Brian Foster (30)

    APRIL 5


    James Wilks (36)

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  • Podcast: 'SRN Rewind' By: Sherdog.com Staff

    The latest Sherdog Radio Network "Rewind" takes a special look at two of the big developments in the MMA this week: the decision by the Nevada commission to eliminate testosterone use exemptions and Bellator MMA launching its 10th season.

    First, in a "Down To Business" segment, host Jack Encarnacao welcomes ESPN.com investigative reporter Mike Fish to discuss his impactful story on TRT use in MMA that was published this week. Fish talks about the mechanics behind the piece, from public records request to getting Vitor Belfort on the record. Fish also gives his thoughts about Nevada's action.

    Second, it's the return of our "First Person" feature, as Encarnacao takes a look at the sights and sounds of Bellator's event this past Friday at Mohegan Sun Casino, which set the table for a showdown between mercurial fighters Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and "King" Mo Lawal. The feature includes interviews with Mohegan regulator Mike Mazzulli discussing what the commission knew about the scuffle between Rampage and Lawal in the cage, and the post-fight verbal volleying.

    Better know MMA. Catch the latest Rewind, which is available for download here.

    Click here to check out the podcast on iTunes.

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  • Top 5 Stories of the Week By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Vitor Belfort withdrew from the UFC 173 main event. | Photo:



    It did not take long for the shockwaves to be felt.

    Lyoto Machida will replace Vitor Belfort and challenge Chris Weidman for his Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight crown in the UFC 173 main event on May 24 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Machida was inserted into the lineup mere hours after the Nevada Athletic Commission voted unanimously to ban the use of testosterone replacement therapy.

    Belfort had been granted therapeutic use exemptions for TRT in the past. The 36-year-old Brazilian has rattled off three straight wins but became one of MMA’s more polarizing subjects because of his use of testosterone replacement therapy. In a release issued on Friday, UFC officials said Belfort “recognizes that he needs an extended period of time to become licensed in the state of Nevada.”

    Machida has posted back-to-back wins since moving to the middleweight division.

    “With today’s ruling by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, who’s undefeated since dropping to 185 pounds, will fight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 173 in May,” UFC President Dana White said. “Machida was dominant in his last two fights, beating Gegard Mousasi and knocking out Mark Munoz.

    “He’s earned this shot at Weidman, who’s coming off two straight wins over the greatest fighter of all-time, Anderson Silva,” he added. “Machida wants nothing more than to avenge the losses of his friend and training partner and become just the third fighter in UFC history to win titles in two separate weight classes.”

    With a victory over Weidman, Machida would join B.J. Penn and Randy Couture as the only men to win UFC titles in more than one weight class.

    The stories of interest on Sherdog.com this week:

    NOT SO PHENOMENAL


    LANDMARK RULING


    TAKING ITS CUE


    MATCHING MELENDEZ


    NO ARMBAR NECESSARY


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  • Top 5 Stories of the Week By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Vitor Belfort has become the focus of the TRT debate. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    The Association of Ringside Physicians on Jan. 27 released a consensus statement advocating the “general elimination” of therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy in combat sports. The ARP is an “international, non-profit organization dedicated to the health and safety of the boxer and mixed martial arts athlete.”

    The full statement is as follows:

    The incidence of hypogonadism requiring the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in professional athletes is extraordinarily rare. Accordingly, the use of an anabolic steroid such as testosterone in a professional boxer or mixed martial artist is rarely justified. Steroid use of any type, including unmerited testosterone, significantly increases the safety and health risk to combat sports athletes and their opponents. TRT in a combat sports athlete may also create an unfair advantage contradictory to the integrity of sport. Consequently, the Association of Ringside Physicians supports the general elimination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy.

    TRT allows professional fighters to receive synthetic testosterone if they have a testosterone deficiency. To receive a TUE before a fight they must provide medical proof to the appropriate athletic commission that the treatment is necessary.

    TRT in mixed martial arts has been a controversial issue for a number of years, but in 2013 debate over its use reached a fervor. At the forefront of the conversation has been middleweight No. 1 contender Vitor Belfort, who received TUEs for his three fights last year and scored devastating knockouts over Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson. All three of those fights took place in Brazil. Belfort received the exemptions despite testing positive for the anabolic steroid 4-hydroxytestosterone in 2006.

    Belfort is expected to challenge Chris Weidman for the 185-pound belt sometime in the late spring or early summer, although no date for the bout has been officially announced. This time, however, the fight will take place in Las Vegas instead of Brazil. “The Phenom” recently told “UFC Tonight” that he planned to apply for an exemption prior to facing Weidman.

    Of course, Belfort is far from the only prominent fighter to seek a TUE, as Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir, Ben Rothwell, Antonio Silva and Lavar Johnson all fought on the treatment in 2013. Forrest Griffin and Quinton Jackson have also received TUEs in the past. However, Silva and Rothwell were flagged for elevated levels of testosterone after their bouts, as was Johnson, who actually did not receive an exemption from the California State Athletic Commission prior to competing at UFC 157.

    A representative from the Ultimate Fighting Championship declined to comment on the ARP statement when reached by Sherdog.com. However, UFC President Dana White spoke to the Associated Press regarding the matter.

    “The doctors came out and said they want to ban it? Well, that’s the answer,” White said. “It’s legal in the sport. The commissions let you do it. You get an exemption, and you have to be monitored and all the stuff that’s going on, but if they’re going to do away with it? There you go. It’s a problem solved.”

    The stories of interest on Sherdog.com this week:

    Targeting TRT

    Northern Lights

    Judgment Call

    A ‘Count’ Cleared

    Standing Pat


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  • Luke Thomas 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 Luke Thomas of MMAFighting.com and SiriusXM Radio.

    On Monday, the Cleveland Clinic announced a Feb. 4 press conference in Washington, D.C., to ensure the continuation of its research on traumatic brain injury in MMA and boxing. The landmark meeting, featuring rival promoters from all over the combat sports world, including the UFC's Lorenzo Fertitta. Breen and Thomas size up the potential impact of the presser, the catalysts behind it happening and what long-term impact for the sport could be. The two look at the NFL's reaction to its own brain saga, how it relates to MMA, how MMA rules might change over time and what it means for young athletes looking to enter the cage.

    Breen and Thomas also investigate brain trauma's relationship with the use of performance enhancing drugs in modern sport, how PED's and brain trauma might go hand-in-hand in MMA, Dana White's reading list, Vitor Belfort's licensure and much, much more.

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

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





    Tuesday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Henderson vs. Melendez
    Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez battle for the light heavyweight title; Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier; Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson. From San Jose, Calif.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 144: Relive the action from UFC 144 Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Henderson vs. Melendez
    Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez battle for the light heavyweight title; Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier; Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson. From San Jose, Calif.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 132: Dominic Cruz vs. Urijah Faber

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    The most shocking moments in Pride history.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson at UFC 144; featherweight face-off between Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway at UFC 143; UFC 142's battle between Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

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


    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Strangers in a Strange Land The Australians arrive in Quebec and are told that the Canadians are predicting a series sweep.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 150: Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar II

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


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

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





    Friday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Strangers in a Strange Land

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson Lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson at UFC 144; featherweight face-off between Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway at UFC 143; UFC 142's battle between Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Sam Sicilia vs. Cole Miller; Dustin Ortiz vs. John Moraga; Derek Brunson vs. Yoel Romero; Mike Easton vs. T.J. Dillashaw; Brad Tavares vs. Lorenz Larkin; Luke Rockhold vs. Costas Philippou. From Atlanta.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Dodson
    Demetrious Johnson takes on John Dodson for the flyweight title; Quinton Jackson vs. Glovier Teixeira; Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone; Ricardo Lamas vs. Erik Koch. From Chicago.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents Benson Henderson: Rising Up
    Benson Henderson's mother, brother, girlfriend, coach and Benson, himself, reveal the motivations and desires that drive him.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    UFC 168: Costas Philippou/Josh Thomson

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

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

    4:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    UFC 168: Costas Philippou/Josh Thomson

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson at UFC 144; featherweight face-off between Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway at UFC 143; UFC 142's battle between Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents Benson Henderson: Rising Up
    Benson Henderson's mother, brother, girlfriend, coach and Benson, himself, reveal the motivations and desires that drive him.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 132: Dominic Cruz vs. Urijah Faber

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Strangers in a Strange Land

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Strangers in a Strange Land

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 324 Josh Thomson previews his UFC fight; Ray Sefo discusses the Word Series of Fighting 8.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Maximum Fighting Championship 39 - No Remorse
    Anthony Hamilton meets Darrill Schoonover to defend the heavyweight title; Kurt Southern fights Tom Gallicchio for lightweight; live from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 132: Dominic Cruz vs. Urijah Faber

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations
    Canada vs. Australia: Strangers in a Strange Land

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 132: Dominic Cruz vs. Urijah Faber

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





    Tuesday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    EPISODE: 2 Jon Jones vs. Jake O'Brien; Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    UFC to Pride Fighters that successfully transition from UFC to Pride.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 137: Nick Diaz returns to the UFC to face former Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn; Roy Nelson vs. Mirko Cro Cop.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 165: Jon Jones faces Alexander Gustafsson.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Alves vs. Kampmann
    Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann; Mackens Semerzier vs. Daniel Pineda. From Sydney, Australia.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Belfort vs. Rockhold
    Joao Zeferino vs. Rafael Natal; Evan Dunham vs. Rafael dos Anjos; Chris Camozzi vs. Jacare Souza; Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold. From Santa Catarina, Brazil.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    Luke Rockhold vs. Costas Philippou

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    6:00 p.m. ET MavTV: Greatest KnockOuts
    The best collection of knockouts ever caught on camera from the biggest stars in MMA today.

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


    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 132: Dominic Cruz vs. Urijah Faber

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    Luke Rockhold vs. Costas Philippou

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

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


    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber and Sam Stout vs. Yves Edwards.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

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

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  • Luke Rockhold: Chris Weidman Will Dominate Vitor Belfort By: Sherdog.com Staff




    Luke Rockhold, on “Beatdown,” discussing who will win between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort:

    “Personally, I think Chris will dominate. I think he can get his takedown, and obviously you’ve got to avoid Vitor in the first round. That’s what he is; he’s a first-round warrior. Beyond that point, I think Chris is just going to dominate that fight and take over. I think his wrestling and his background and just being a smart guy, he’s going to wait and find his time and keep the pressure, like I should have, and get that wrestling game going. He’s strong enough to put Vitor on his back, and from then on, I think Vitor’s one of those guys too -- once you get him on his back, he’s kind of complacent. He just stays there looking for that old-school jiu-jitsu kind of style, which doesn’t work against these modern wrestler jiu-jitsu guys that are really good. I think Chris is going to stop everything Vitor will do off his back and he’s going to pound him in the face.”

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