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The MMA Hour with Nick Newell in studio, Josh Barnett, Luke Rockhold, Daniel Cormier, Liz Carmouche, Mike Chiesa, Stephen Espinoza

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A stacked episode of The MMA Hour is yours for the taking on Monday. Here’s who will be stopping by and when:

1:00 p.m. ET — Nick Newell will be in studio to explain why his relationship with XFC soured so quickly and where he will go from here.

1:40 p.m. — Luke Rockhold will join us from Brazil to preview his UFC on FX 8 fight against Vitor Belfort this Saturday night.

2:00 p.m. — Josh Barnett will update us on where he will fight next.

2:20 p.m. — Daniel Cormier will talk about his teammate, Rockhold, making his UFC debut, and his own future fighting plans.

2:40 p.m. — Showtime Sports boss Stephen Espinoza will talk about the network’s major moves in the boxing world and future in MMA.

3:00 p.m. — UFC lightweight Mike Chiesa and I will share our top-10 pound-for-pound best facial hair in MMA history.

3:20 p.m. — UFC bantamweight Liz Carmouche will discuss lifer after the Rousey fight, and her upcoming bout against Miesha Tate.

3:40 p.m. — We will reveal the brackets in the highly-anticipated Ric’s Picks Invitational tournament, which commences this weekend.

We’ll also answer your #themmahour questions on anything and everything going on in the MMA world. Hit us up on Twitter using that hash tag, leave a question in the comments section below, or give us a call.

Plus, we’ll be taking your calls on anything and everything. Got a question or comment? Give us a call at 1-888-418-4074.

Watch the show live below beginning at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. GMT. Subscribe to The MMA Hour on iTunes: audio feed here; video feed here. Download previous episodes here. Listen to the show via Stitcher here or via TuneIn here.

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MMAmania’s Verbal Submission podcast: Mike Rio, Joe Warren and more

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Are you ready to get your podcast on?

MMAmania.com is proud to promote “The Verbal Submission,” a weekly mixed martial arts (MMA) radio show that will feature commentary on the latest news in the sport, as well as interviews with fighters, promoters and other MMA personalities. Plus we’ll have plenty of listener/reader interaction, responding to your questions, comments and taking your calls in case you’ve got anything you want to get off your chest.

The show will be hosted by yours truly, and co-hosted by a revolving door of MMAmania.com writers and contributors. Our thirteenth episode is TONIGHT (May 8, 2013) at 10 p.m. ET. We’ll be talking all the latest news in the world of mixed martial arts (and there’s a lot of it lately) so don’t be a stranger. Our special guest tonight will be UFC on FX 8 lightweight Mike Rio and upcoming Fight Master coach Joe Warren..

How to listen: Just click the player below to listen to our archived podcast

Want to get in touch with The Verbal Submission podcast crew? Here’s how you can do so:

Phone: (347) 850-8386
E-mail: HemmingerMMA@gmail.com
Twitter: @BrianHemminger
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Hope you guys enjoy the show!

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The MMA Hour with Tito Ortiz, Rich Franklin, Alexander Gustafsson, Bruce Buffer, Greg Jackson, Norman Parke, Mike Chiappetta

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The Mixed Martial Arts Hour is back in your life on Monday. Below is a rundown of this week’s show:

1 p.m. ET — MMAFighting.com’s Mike Chiappetta will look back at a wild UFC 159 show in New Jersey.

1:20 p.m. — “The voice of the Octagon” Bruce Buffer will discuss his performance at UFC 159, his playboy lifestyle, and his upcoming book.

1:40 p.m. — Trainer Greg Jackson will look back at Jon Jones‘ win over Chael Sonnen.

2 p.m. — Hall-of-Famer Tito Ortiz will talk about where Jones ranks on the list of greatest light heavyweights.

2:20 p.m. — UFC lightweight Norman Parke will talk about what’s next for him after he couldn’t fight at UFC on FOX 7.

2:40 p.m. — Light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson will respond to Lyoto Machida’s challenge and discuss Jones’ win.

3 p.m. — Future Hall-of-Famer Rich Franklin will update us on where he’s at in his career.

3:20 p.m. — We’ll answer your #themmahour questions on anything and everything going on in the MMA world. Hit us up on Twitter using that hash tag, leave a question in the comments section below, or give us a call.The best submissions of the day will receive MMA art from Chris Morkaut (a $ 45 value). Contest rules can be found here and here.

Plus, we’ll be taking your calls on anything and everything. Got a question or comment? Give us a call at 1-888-418-4074.

Watch the show live below beginning at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. GMT. Subscribe to The MMA Hour on iTunes: audio feed here; video feed here. Download previous episodes here. Listen to the show via Stitcher here or via TuneIn here.

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Chael Sonnen: Jon Jones Could Beat Up Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali in Same Day

Chael Sonnen knows exactly what he will be up against on Saturday night.
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Video: Mike Goldberg and Kenny Florian preview ‘Faber vs. Jorgensen’ at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale

The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale goes down tomorrow night (April 13, 2013) from Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC commentators Kenny Florian and Mike Goldberg recently broke down the night’s main event between veteran bantamweights Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen, who clash in a contest scheduled for five rounds.

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Hector Lombard Enlists Mike Dolce to Make Welterweight Test Cut Following Upcoming Nose Surgery


(Alas, it appears that the joyous age of ice cream cake and tomato cans has come and gone.)

Since entering the UFC almost a year ago to the day and bringing with him an unprecedented amount of hype (and one hefty price tag to boot), former Bellator middleweight kingpin Hector Lombard has been through some pretty tough times. After seeing his 25-fight win streak snapped via boredom in his UFC debut, Lombard scored a rebound TKO victory over Rousimar Palhares before succumbing to the patented grapplefuckery of Yushin Okami at UFC on FUEL 8. 

And although Dana White is not ready to label Lombard a bust just yet — and rightfully so, for Okami can and has grapplefucked the best of ‘em — it’s become quite apparent that Lombard isn’t quite the eater of worlds that he was made out to be in Bellator. Then again, when you’re paired up against guys like Trevor Prangley and “Whisper” Goodman, it’s hard not to build such a reputation. In either case, it appears that Lombard has realized that at just 5’8″, perhaps the middleweight division isn’t where he belongs anymore.

That being the case, Lombard told UFC Tonight yesterday that he plans on working with renowned dietician Mike Dolce in an attempt to make the cut to 170 lbs following his upcoming nose surgery. Ariel Helwani broke the news:

I spoke to Lombard today and he’s about to work with Mike (Dolce) because he wants to get leaner. He walks around at 205 and he feels that at his height, it’s not really at his best interest to be fighting at 185. He knows the UFC wants him to go down … First thing’s first, he needs to have nose surgery. He broke his nose fighting Yushin Okami so the surgery is coming up next for him — hopefully next week. After that, he’s going to focus on that cut down to 170.

So, Potato Nation, in what fashion will this career-saving weight cut end: Good, bad, or ugly?

-J. Jones

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Rick Story replaces injured Gunnar Nelson against Mike Pyle at UFC 160

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Rick Story’s campaign to fight Jake Ellenberger next was unsuccessful.

Instead, “Horror” has agreed to replace the injured Gunnar Nelson against Mike Pyle at UFC 160 next month, the UFC announced Tuesday.

Nelson tweeted that his injury will require surgery, but he didn’t mention what exactly happened or how long he expects to be out for.

Following his UFC 158 win over Quinn Mulhern in March, Story campaigned hard for a rematch against Ellenberger, who he defeated in 2008 outside of the UFC. However, Ellenberger didn’t seem all that interested in the idea, considering he’s ranked higher than Story these days. Story (15-6) is 2-3 in his last five fights.

Pyle (24-8-1) has won his last three fights in a row in rather impressive fashion, as he finished every fight in the first round. He most recently defeated James Head via first-round TKO in December.

UFC 160, headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva 2 for the UFC heavyweight title, takes place May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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UFC on FUEL 9 bonuses: Conor McGregor, Reza Madadi and Brad Pickett vs. Mike Easton earn $60,000 each

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It may have been a night in Sweden where the main event was changed – and downgraded – last minute, but that doesn’t mean UFC on FUEL TV 9 in Stockholm wasn’t without its highlights. According to UFC President White, Conor McGregor earned Knockout of the Night, Reza Madadi was awarded Submission of the Night while Brad Pickett vs. Mike Easton was named Fight of the Night. White announced the winners at the event’s post-fight press conference. Each fighter will pocket $ 60,000 for their efforts.

Making his UFC debut, Ireland’s Conor McGregor knocked out Marcus Brimage in the first round. Brimage stormed McGregor early, but the Straight Blast Gym featherweight stayed calm. Under pressure, McGregor used superior combination a series of uppercuts to badly hurt the former cast member of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. The end came officially at 1:07 of the first after an uppercut-hook combination sent Brimage crashing to the mat. McGregor followed up with a few more punches before the referee was forced to halt the action. McGregor moves to 13-2 in professional MMA while Brimage drops to 6-2.

In his third UFC bout and in front of his hometown crowd, lightweight Reza Madadi submitted ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ veteran Michael Johnson in the third round of a pitched battle that nearly saw him finished in the first frame. After a fairly even affair for most of the first round, Madadi ate a kick to the face that sent him crumbling to the mat and hanging on for dear life. Johnson wasn’t able to put him away, but clearly won the round. From there, however, Madadi turned things around, using his wrestling background to score takedowns and control top position in scrambles. By the end of the third round, Madadi appeared to be setting up three quarter nelson stack when he transitioned to the anaconda choke. Madadi moved to his hips, locked up Johnson’s legs and squeezed the tap from the Blackzillian at 1:33 of round 3.

Earning Fight of the Night were a pair of bantamweights, the American Mike Easton and Brit Brad Pickett. From beginning to end, the two evenly-matched fighters traded hard shots with inside boxing, a style of fighting rare in mixed martial arts. Yet, just as much as they exchanged, the two also put on a full display of a modern MMA fighter’s arsenal, demonstrating strong offensive and defensive wrestling, hard scrambling, gritty clinch fighting and hard-fought positional control. Ultimately, however, it was Pickett who was able to land more in volume and get the better of the wrestling challenges. The judges ultimately award him the split decision victory, taking 30-27 on two of the judges’ fight cards while Easton was given 29-28 on the third.

UFC on FUEL TV 9 was held at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. White announced the event pulled a $ 2.7 million at the gate witn 14,506 attendees.

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UFC on FUEL 9 results: Brad Pickett out-scraps Mike Easton in split-decision

These days in the UFC, two straight losses could equal a pink slip and a fast pass to free agency. With such high stakes, some fight conservatively, and others turn up the aggressiveness.

That was the setting for the UFC on FUEL 9 fight between Brad Pickett and Mike Easton, who were both coming off defeats. Given Pickett’s propensity for attacking, it seemed a sure thing that the bout would turn into a barn-burner instead of a bore, and that’s exactly what happened.

In a close UFC on FUEL 9 bout which saw Pickett push the pace, he won a split decision by scores of 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.

“Being me, I went back to my old ways,” the British bantamweight said afterward. “I wanted to make it exciting for you guys out there. My coaches are probably cursing me, but you guys made the sport what it is. Not us, you guys.”

The output of the two was exceptional, with the fight contested in every aspect of mixed martial arts. Pickett became the first man to take Easton down, the two scrapped in the clinch, traded bombs from afar, and scrambled for position on the mat. It was a fight both technical and exciting, making it among the best of 2013 thus far.

Given how it went, Easton (13-3) will likely receive a reprieve from release.

Pickett moved to 23-7 with the win.

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Brad Pickett: I Have More Punching Power Than Mike Easton

Brad Pickett will look to bounce back from his December split-decision loss to Eddie Wineland when he meets Mike Easton on April 6 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.
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