Yaotzin Meza's Blogs

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



    Thursday



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

    4:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    4:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    The Gracie brothers break down Georges St.Pierre's historic arm bar; the greatest UFC Feuds; Carlos Condit remains committed to his title aspirations; the Strikeforce newcomers.

    6:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Hendricks on the Brink Johny Hendricks all-access account of his UFC 158; Alexander Gustafsson provides a tour of his home; Cain Velasquez's Harley Davidson photo shoot.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best Of Sonnen Chael Sonnen all-access account of his UFC on FOX; the greatest trash talker of them all; Sonnen mic'd up for his real time reaction to the legendary fight between Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson.

    7:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 124

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Prelims
    Cody Donovan vs. Nick Penner; Mike Wilkinson vs. Brendan Loughnane; Manuel Rodriguez vs. Benny Alloway; Seth Baczynski vs. Mike Pierce; Joey Beltran vs. Igor Pokrajac; Yaotzin Meza vs. Chad Mendes. From Queensland, Australia. (Card subject to change)

    11:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 1: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen - Enter the Octagon Twenty-eight middleweights arrive in Las Vegas for a shot at a UFC contract; coaches Chael Sonnen and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones evaluate the winners of 14 elimination fights.

    1:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 2: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Ambush Fourteen middleweights move into the house and training begins; a fighter gets emotional after his team shows serious doubts about his readiness; two fighters face off in the first preliminary fight.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 3: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Embrace the Suffering A fighter responds after being called out; coach Sonnen gives advice to a fighter lacking confidence; coach Jones bonds with his team during a house visit; two fighters deliver explosive action.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 4: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Sign of Disrespect Both teams face off in a spontaneous rap battle at the house; a prank ignites smack talk that carries over to the weigh-in; two fighters face off in the third preliminary fight.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 5: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Reflection of Perfection Mickey Rourke visits Team Sonnen to share insights from his days as a boxer; coach Jones wonders if a competitor is ready to fight; two fighters meet for the fourth preliminary fight.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 6: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Path to Greatness A fighter's attitude ignites a blowup at the house; the fighters battle it out in a night of bowling; two fighters meet in the octagon for the fifth preliminary fight.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 7: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: His Fist on My FaceThe guys get a night out at Hooters; a fighter's recurring leg pain lands him in the hospital; two fighters square off in the sixth preliminary fight.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 8: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Bag of Tools Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen compete in a unique and difficult coaches challenge; Dana forces the coaches to decide on the wildcard matchup.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 9: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Wild Card A fighter calls out a competitor to fight in the next round; the teams unite for a Thanksgiving feast; two preliminary losers battle for a chance to get back in the competition; Dana reveals the quarterfinal match-ups.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 10: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Quarterfinals Begin A fighter gets a surprise visit from world champion Ronda Rousey; two fighters face off trying to secure a spot in the final four.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 11: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: Vicious Josh Samman faces the aggressive takedowns of Jimmy Quinlan in the third quarterfinal fight; Bubba McDaniel worries that his body may not be up to the challenge of taking on Uriah Hall; Dana reveals the semifinal match-ups.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 12: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Semis Both coaches join the semifinalists on a visit to the Harley-Davidson showroom; the final four do battle.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    Welterweights The UFC's top welterweight fighters Renzo Gracie, George St.Pierre, B.J. Penn and Matt Serra.

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



    Wednesday



    1:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Frank Mir relives some of his most memorable UFC fights.

    1:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Johny Hendricks' single-minded focus on GSP; Rory MacDonald Full Blast; Daniel Cormier's ambitions for both the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions; and Frank Mir on the warrior code.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Prelims
    Cody Donovan vs. Nick Penner; Mike Wilkinson vs. Brendan Loughnane; Manuel Rodriguez vs. Benny Alloway; Seth Baczynski vs. Mike Pierce; Joey Beltran vs. Igor Pokrajac; Yaotzin Meza vs. Chad Mendes. From Queensland, Australia. (Card subject to change)

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Nick Diaz vs Takanori Gomi.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Greatest Japanese Fighters. The best of Pride's Japanese hometown stars.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Frank Mir relives some of his most memorable UFC fights.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Future Legends 11 Walter Kahuna vs. Abraham Ferrer; Lukas Basham vs. John Gentry; Cole Bates vs. Juan Solis; Spencer Spiker vs. Gerald Harvey; Christian Cardona vs. Shane Benbo; Zeke Enrique vs. Jose Pinzon.

    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Johny Hendricks' single-minded focus on GSP; Rory MacDonald Full Blast; Daniel Cormier's ambitions for both the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions; and Frank Mir on the warrior code.

    8:00 p.m. ET UFC Reloaded
    Relive all the action from UFC 146: Dos Santos vs Mir, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 14
    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
    Future Legends 11 Walter Kahuna vs. Abraham Ferrer; Lukas Basham vs. John Gentry; Cole Bates vs. Juan Solis; Spencer Spiker vs. Gerald Harvey; Christian Cardona vs. Shane Benbo; Zeke Enrique vs. Jose Pinzon.

    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.

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

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 14
    The best collection of knock outs ever caught on camera and featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: World MMA Awards
    In the fifth annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards, the silver statuette is bestowed on some the planet's best fighters.

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



    Friday

    3:30 a.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    3:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    Welterweights II Jay Glazer sits down and gets personal with the UFC's top welterweight fighters.

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Henderson vs. Diaz
    Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz; Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio Rua; Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn; Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick. From Seattle.

    9:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: Bellator Fighting Championships 83
    From Caesars in Atlantic City, N.J.; Rad Martinez vs.Shahbulat Shamhalaev; Zach Makovsky vs. Anthony Leone; Zoila Gurgel vs. Jessica Eye.

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Henderson vs. Diaz
    Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz; Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio Rua; Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn; Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick. From Seattle.

    12:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    Relive UFC 141, Brock Lesnar versus Alistair Overeem.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson Weigh-In
    Weigh-in for UFC on FX 6 Georges Sotiropoulos vs Ross Pearson from the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Queensland, Australia.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 12: Semifinal Showdown Two semifinal fights determine which two men will move on to fight in the finale for a UFC contract.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 13: Finale Weigh-in Mixed martial artists from Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson and more weigh in ahead of the finale.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson Prelims
    Cody Donovan vs. Nick Penner; Mike Wilkinson vs. Brendan Loughnane; Manuel Rodriguez vs. Benny Alloway; Seth Baczynski vs. Mike Pierce; Joey Beltran vs. Igor Pokrajac; Yaotzin Meza vs. Chad Mendes. From Queensland, Australia. (Card subject to change)

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Bellator Fighting Championships 84
    From Hammond, Ind.; Dave Jansen vs. Marcin Held; Michele Gutierrez vs. Felice Herrig; Rich Hale vs. Alexander Volkov.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: X-Fighters 2011 Highlights
    Brazil

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 270 Matt Mitrione; Michael McDonald; Cheick Kongo; Dana White.

    9:00 p.m. ET FX: UFC: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson
    Rousimar Palhares vs. Hector Lombard; Norman Parke vs. Colin Fletcher; Bradley Scott vs. Robert Whittaker; George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson. From Queensland, Australia. (Card subject to change)

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: X-Fighters 2011 Highlights
    Italy

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS: AXS TV Fights
    Legacy Fighting Championship 16 Will Campuzano vs. Jimmy Flick; from Allen, Texas.

    10:30 p.m. ET 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.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Featuring Jay Glazer and MMA analysts recapping the lightweight battle, including interviews and highlights.

    12:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Featuring Jay Glazer and MMA analysts recapping the lightweight battle, including interviews and highlights.

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



    Saturday

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Featuring Jay Glazer and MMA analysts recapping the lightweight battle, including interviews and highlights.

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Featuring Jay Glazer and MMA analysts recapping the lightweight battle, including interviews and highlights.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Featuring Jay Glazer and MMA analysts recapping the lightweight battle, including interviews and highlights.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Featuring Jay Glazer and MMA analysts recapping the lightweight battle, including interviews and highlights.

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: Training Day
    The Blackzilians Go behind the scenes with the Blackzilians, Rashad Evans's elite Florida team.

    8:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Post-Fight Show
    George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Featuring Jay Glazer and MMA analysts recapping the lightweight battle, including interviews and highlights.

    12:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unrestricted
    An unprecedented and exclusive look deep inside the tense 36 hours leading up to UFC 148.

    1:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Prelims
    Cody Donovan vs. Nick Penner; Mike Wilkinson vs. Brendan Loughnane; Manuel Rodriguez vs. Benny Alloway; Seth Baczynski vs. Mike Pierce; Joey Beltran vs. Igor Pokrajac; Yaotzin Meza vs. Chad Mendes. From Queensland, Australia. (Card subject to change)

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 11: Fight the Perfect Fight Joey Rivera and Jon Manley face-off to stay in the competition; the tension builds between Michal Hill and Mike Ricci before they enter the octagon; the last two match-ups before the finale are revealed.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 12: Semifinal Showdown Two semifinal fights determine which two men will move on to fight in the finale for a UFC contract.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 13: Finale Weigh-in Mixed martial artists from Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson and more weigh in ahead of the finale.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 16: Finale Prelims Nick Catone vs. TJ Waldburger; Rustam Khabilov vs. Vinc Pichel; Marcos Vinicius vs. Johnny Bedford; James Head vs. Mike Pyle. From Las Vegas. (Bouts subject to change)

    9:00 p.m. ET FX: 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) 12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 15: Finale: Post Fight Show Jay Glazer and analysts recapping the battle between Team Carwin and Team Nelson sharing interviews and highlights.

    12:00 a.m. ET FX: 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)

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