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





    Tuesday



    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 172: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    The most shocking moments in Pride history.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Miller vs. Diaz
    Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz; Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson; Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks. From New Jersey.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 140: Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones faces former champ Lyoto Machida; the Nogueira brothers, Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    The most shocking moments in Pride history.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Unleashed From Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho. From Feb. 13, 2014.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 172: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira.

    8:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig; John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga.

    9:00 p.m. ET MAvTV: Greatest KnockOuts
    EPISODE: 9 Featuring the Nightmare Diego Sanchez squaring off with Jake Short in a battle that ends with a vicious KO plus much more.

    10:00 p.m. ET MAvTV: King of the Cage
    Unrestricted From Northern Lights Casino Resort in Walker, Minn. Featuring Bantamweight match between Eli Finn vs. Jamie Bowar.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig; John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga.

    12:00 a.m. ET MAvTV: King of the Cage
    Unleashed From Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho. From Feb. 13, 2014.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 172: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira.

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





    Sunday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC: Werdum vs. Browne - Prelims
    Hernani Perpetuo vs. Jordan Mein; Luke Zachrich vs. Caio Magalhaes; Alex White vs. Estevan Payan; Pat Healy vs. Jorge Masvidal; Seth Baczynski vs. Thiago Alves; Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Rafael dos Anjos. From Orlando, Fla. (Card subject to change)

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes; Brian Stann vs. Jorge Santiago; Jake Ellenberger vs. Sean Pierson.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE
    Fighting ChampionshipsUFC to Pride Fighters that successfully transition from UFC to Pride.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 1: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Hurting Game Light heavyweights battle for a spot in the competition.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Werdum vs. Browne - Prelims
    Hernani Perpetuo vs. Jordan Mein; Luke Zachrich vs. Caio Magalhaes; Alex White vs. Estevan Payan; Pat Healy vs. Jorge Masvidal; Seth Baczynski vs. Thiago Alves; Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Rafael dos Anjos. From Orlando, Fla. (Card subject to change)

    1:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia: Ultimate Fighter Finale
    Season 19 Episode 1: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Hurting Game Light heavyweights battle for a spot in the competition.

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

    4:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC on Sportsnet
    UFC on Sportsnet Werdum vs. Browne

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 1: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Hurting Game Light heavyweights battle for a spot in the competition.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC: Werdum vs. Browne
    Yoel Romero vs. Brad Tavares; Edson Barboza vs. Donald Cerrone; Liz Carmouche vs. Miesha Tate; Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne. From Amway Center in Orlando. (Card subject to change)

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 172: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig; John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga.

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





    Friday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 1: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Hurting Game Light heavyweights battle for a spot in the competition.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Best of WEC
    UFC Stars MMA stars showcase their skills.

    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's Road to the Octagon
    Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne Behind-the-scenes with MMA fighters.

    7:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Glover Teixeira, Jon Jones and Bobby Green.

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

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne Behind-the-scenes with MMA fighters.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: 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 Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Lyoto Machida vs. Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama, Nam Phan v.s Leonard Garcia, and Donald Cerrone vs. Dennis Siver.

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

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne Behind-the-scenes with MMA fighters.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC's biggest stars weigh-in and face-off before battles inside the Octagon.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Glover Teixeira, Jon Jones and Bobby 'King' Green.

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

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC's biggest stars weigh-in and face-off before battles inside the Octagon.

    9:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    Bellator MMA Live 1008 From Council Bluffs, Iowa. Douglas Lima and Rick Hawn in a Welterweight Title fight. Lightweight Semifinals with Patricky Freire and Derek Campos.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Junior dos Santos defends his title for the first time against Frank Mir; Joe Lauzon and Jamie Varner; Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard, and Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara.

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

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson Enhanced replay of a memorable title fight.

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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 16: Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy Akira Corassani vs. Dustin Poirier; Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Chad Laprise; Elias Theodorou vs. Sheldon Westcott; Kyle Noke vs. Patrick Cote; Tim Kennedy vs. Michael Bisping. From Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 135: Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson and Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    UFC to Pride Fighters that successfully transition from UFC to Pride.

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

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 1: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Hurting Game Light heavyweights battle for a spot in the competition.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 16: Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy Akira Corassani vs. Dustin Poirier; Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Chad Laprise; Elias Theodorou vs. Sheldon Westcott; Kyle Noke vs. Patrick Cote; Tim Kennedy vs. Michael Bisping. From Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne Behind-the-scenes with MMA fighters.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 1: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Hurting Game Light heavyweights battle for a spot in the competition.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Mauricio Rua vs. Jon Jones Featuring Mauricio Rua vs. Jon Jones; Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort; Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly.

    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 Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 16: Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy Akira Corassani vs. Dustin Poirier; Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Chad Laprise; Elias Theodorou vs. Sheldon Westcott; Kyle Noke vs. Patrick Cote; Tim Kennedy vs. Michael Bisping. From Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.

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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.”

    Follow the jump for reader comments and download link.

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