Due to extenuating circumstances, I've only been able to join you fin3 lads in the Live Thread only once out of the last four UFC Pay-Per-Views. This will hopefully be rectified in the coming weeks and months.
Now onto bid-niss.Friday November 4
5:00am Ralph Jones vs. Sugar Ray Robinson (ESPN Classic)
8:30am Tim Coleman vs. Vernon Paris (ESPN 3D)
9:00am The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale (Spike)
10:45am Face Off: Pacquiao vs. Marquez (HBO)
2:45pm Ring Life: Manny Pacquiao & Juan Manuel Marquez (HBO)
3:30pm XFC 14: Resurrection (HDNet)
6:30pm Amazing Sports Stories: Joe Jennette, The Boxer Who Refused to Quit (FSN)
8:00pm Manuel Perez vs. Mercito Gesta (FSN)
8:15pm Face Off: Pacquiao vs. Marquez (HBO2)
8:30pm 24/7: Pacquiao vs. Marquez (HBO2)
9:00pm Inside MMA w/Don Frye, Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley (HDNet)
9:15pm Ring Life: Manny Pacquiao & Juan Manuel Marquez (HBO)
10:00pm Strikeforce World Grand Prix Semifinals Undercard (HDNet)
10:00pm Shark Fights 19 (Fuel TV)
11:30pm Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao I (HBO2)
Saturday November 5
12:30am Inside MMA w/Don Frye, Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley (HDNet)
12:30am 24/7: Pacquiao vs. Marquez (HBO)
12:30am Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao II (HBO2)
1:00am Shark Fights 19 (Fuel TV)
1:30am Strikeforce World Grand Prix Semifinals Undercard (HDNet)
2:30am Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (ESPN Classic)
3:00am Shark Fights 19 (Fuel TV)
3:30am Inside MMA w/Don Frye, Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley (HDNet)
4:30am Strikeforce World Grand Prix Semifinals Undercard (HDNet)
8:15am Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (ESPN Classic)
10:00am 24/7: Pacquiao vs. Marquez (HBO)
10:30am Ring Life: Manny Pacquiao & Juan Manuel Marquez (HBO)
10:30am Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao I (HBO2)
11:00am Amazing Sports Stories: Joe Jennette, The Boxer Who Refused to Quit (FSN)
11:30am Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao II (HBO2)
12:30pm UFC 138 Preliminary Fights (Facebook)
1:00pm UFC Unleashed (Spike)
2:00pm UFC Unleashed (Spike)
3:00pm UFC Unleashed (Spike)
3:00pm WEC WrekCage (Versus)
4:00pm UFC Unleashed (Spike)
5:00pm UFC Unleashed (Spike)
6:00pm Ring Life: Manny Pacquiao & Juan Manuel Marquez (HBO)
6:00pm UFC Unleashed (Spike)
6:45pm Anthony Dirrell vs. Kevin Engel (ESPN 3D)
7:00pm UFC Unleashed (Spike)
8:00pm ESPN Films: A Fighting Chance (ESPN Classic)
8:00pm UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz (Spike)
9:00pm ProElite: Big Guns (HDNet)
9:00pm Glen Johnson vs. Lucian Bute/Allan Green vs. Sebastien Demers (Showtime)
9:00pm Babes and Brawls IX (GoFightLive $9.99)
9:00pm Shark Fights 19 (Fuel TV)
9:45pm 24/7: Pacquiao vs. Marquez (HBO)
10:00pm Armageddon Fighting Championship 7: Break Out (GoFightLive $9.99)
10:15pm Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland/Craig McEwan vs. Peter Quillin (HBO)
10:45pm Derrick Findley vs. Fernando Guerrero (ESPN 3D)
11:30pm Glen Johnson vs. Lucian Bute/Allan Green vs. Sebastien Demers (Showtime Extreme)
Sunday November 6
12:15am 24/7: Pacquiao vs. Marquez (HBO)
2:00am ESPN Films: A Fighting Chance (ESPN Classic)
3:30am Face Off: Pacquiao vs. Marquez (HBO)
10:45am Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland/Craig McEwan vs. Peter Quillin (HBO)
12:45pm 24/7: Pacquiao vs. Marquez (HBO)
1:00pm Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (ESPN Classic)
4:00pm Amazing Sports Stories: Joe Jennette, The Boxer Who Refused to Quit (FSN)
5:45pm Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland/Craig McEwan vs. Peter Quillin (HBO2)
6:30pm ESPN Films: A Fighting Chance (ESPN Classic)
8:00pm Manuel Perez vs. Mercito Gesta (FSN)
Under the Radar: Names that aren't on American broadcasted shows this week.
John Alessio vs. Luiz Firmino (Superior Cage Combat 3, November 4, Orleans Arena at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada)
Jay Silva vs. Bristol Marunde (Superior Cage Combat 3, November 4, Orleans Arena at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada)
Emanuel Newton vs. James McSweeney (Superior Cage Combat 3, November 4, Orleans Arena at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada)
Steve Lopez vs. William Sriyapai (Superior Cage Combat 3, November 4, Orleans Arena at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada)
Shane Nelson vs. Lance Wipf (Superior Cage Combat 3, November 4, Orleans Arena at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada)
Akitoshi Yamura vs. Shigeki Osawa (Shooto: Shooto the Shoot 2011, November 5, Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan)
Damian Grabowski vs. Joaquim Ferreira (MMA Attack, November 5, Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland)
Tomasz Drwal vs. Gary Padilla (MMA Attack, November 5, Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland)
Michal Kita vs. Eddie Sanchez (MMA Attack, November 5, Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland)
Peter Sobotta vs. Borys Mamkowski (MMA Attack, November 5, Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland)
Kris McCray vs. Kevin Nowaczyk (Hoosier Fight Club 9: Fall Brawl, Porter County Expo Center, Valparaiso, Indiana)
Denis Lebedev vs. James Toney (November 4, Khodynko Ice Palace, Moscow, Russia)
Sergio Mora vs. Jose Flores (November 4, Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California)
Michael Katsidis vs. Ricky Burns (November 5, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland)
Chris Arreola vs. Alonzo Butler (November 5, Domo De La Feria, Leon, Mexico)
Best Viewing Options: A man who enjoys a full, hearty belly-laugh every time the NBA cancels more games brings you better, fresher, and more enjoyable viewing options.
1. UFC 138: I don't feel thrilled about putting this at #1, but being a Chris Leben mark and a bantweight fight as a co-main makes me fuzzy enough to put it here. I'm OK with a Leben-Munoz main event for a free PPV, and I don't want to bitch about free UFC, but just compare this to, say, UFC 89 or 95 and you'll see how half-assed this was. Seriously, look at this fucking card for 95. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFC_95. SEVEN fighters on the card have contended for a UFC championship and one more will next week. That's even factoring in the lack of FW/BW then. I realize hindsight is 20/20, but do you see eight of these fighters in UFC title fights? Even INCLUDING the lighter weights? I'm not saying, I'm just saying.
2. Glen Johnson vs. Lucian Bute: This should probably be #1. Johnson and Bute is a damned quality fight and it's at Johnson's natural weight, although he was a warrior going to 160 to fight Carl Froch. Also, this is Bute's biggest challenge to date, against a tough, game veteran. A win pushes him into the elite. This is fantastic booking. Boxing logic 101. The undercard is incredibly stacked too. Just a top-notch event by Showtime.
3. ProElite Big Guns: Gets a much better treatment, getting off Sherdog and onto the calming shores of HDNet. With proper productions, commentary, and lack of Bellator, this becomes THE live MMA event Saturday.
4. Alfredo Angula vs. James Kirkland: Nothing earth-shattering, but a nice little HBO After Dark card. Any fight card that gets Scott Christ's blessing is one I'm on board with. I don't care if you're even tepid about boxing, BadLeftHook is mandatory reading. Most underrated man in the SBNation network.
5. 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Marquez: Episode #3 of one of the best things on television.
6. Inside MMA: Still bugs me that I don't get to see the premiere on the weekend, but the weekdays need more MMA programming, so good on them. This week, perennial douche Ben Askren, perennial nice guy Tyron Woodley, and perennial wish-he-was-my-dad Don Frye. Plus, special appearence from Tyron Woodley's mom! Just kidding, wanted to see if you instinctively flinched.
7. Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story: We've talked about Ring of Fire before a few months ago on YWICS, and some of you watched it and really enjoyed it. Glad to see it's getting more airplay. It's a really fascinating story.
8. The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale: Always very rare when Spike or Versus will just up and show a full previous event, but Spike has been showing TUF 12 reruns for weeks, so here's their capper. You get to see Bonnar being Bonnar, Garcia-Phan, Maia-Grove, and Story-Hendricks. Pretty sharp card. Better than what we're getting Saturday. Good for whistle-whetting.
9. Marquez vs. Pacquiao I/II: Call this a tie. HBO and its networks are showing both previous Pacquiao and Marquez fights throughout the weekend. That's pretty damned cool. They were both excellent. If you've never seen Paq vulnerable or in trouble and you just know him as this ball of smiling fight that just walks through people, watch those and see why JuanMa is such a special fighter.
10. Babes and Brawls IX: Just for the train-wreck effect. Do you miss WFA: King of the Streets? Fan of Cops vs. Cons? Take those two, downgrade the caliber of both fighter and woman and KA-POW! Babes and Brawls IX.
BV Loses You Money: The same man who once lost a bet and had to go to a Quixtar meeting attempts to guide you on making money on a much more noble fashion....betting on fighting.
Last Weekend's Hangover:
If you put down $100 on each of my predictions last week, you'd have today:
BV Lost You: $153!
On the Year: -$698
Chris Leben +180 Mark Munoz
Sergio Mora -2000 Jose Alfredo Flores
George Groves -700 Paul Smith
Michael Katsidis -170 Ricky Burns
Over 9.5 rounds -400 Glen Johnson vs. Lucian Bute
Lines Courtesy of BetUS
Take a Knee: Even the biggest combat sports fan needs to recharge their batteries before diving back in. Here are five games to keep those juices a-flowin until fight time. Here are five games that are nationally broadcasted this weekend that deserve your eyes as well on Friday and Saturday.
(Note: I'll be excluding my teams from this to avoid homerism.)
Tampa Bay vs. Chicago: Some of the best players in the world playing this one. Chicago is always a threat and Tampa Bay had a miracle run to the Eastern Conference Finals last year. This will either be a shootout, with Kane, Toews, and Sharp for Chicago, and Stamkos, St. Louis, and Malone for Tampa Bay pouring in goals, or the two-way style of both teams cancel each other out and we're looking at a 2-1 game. Either way, two extremely solid teams here. As an added bonus, you get to watch how visually unappealing it is to watch a hockey game being played at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. The Lightning are in a fraternity with the Islanders and Oilers as places where it is so uncomfortable to watch hockey on TV. The lighting and atmosphere makes it seem like they're playing in a Film Noir or an abandoned cabin. It's also the only nationally-televised hockey game of the weekend. (Friday, 7:30, NHL Network/CSN/Sun)
Colorado vs. USC: Colorado's foray into the Pac-12. As someone who made his bones for a few years writing about college football and the NFL draft, this massive re-alignment in CFB is absolutely infuriating. This was a sport that underwent three years of unprecidented scandal and greed. Steroid testing in 1970s East German powerlifting wouldn't have been as corrupt as DI-A college football was. So what do they do to rectify it? MOVE EVERYONE! Just when CFB had established conferences, and the non-BCS conferences were gaining steam, everything gets blown up. It'll take too long to discuss the reasons behind this (The Big Ten network that begat Texas's Longhorn network is a great starting point), but for a sport that jaded consumers by their greed...well...this doesn't help. I'm not a fossil and I know conference changes happen. The Big 8, Miami, BC, and VA Tech in the ACC, Penn State acting a fool, etc..., but this is truly the last thing this sport needs. That being that, it's the rare major college football game on a Friday night. Oh, and fuck USC. (Friday, 9:00, ESPN/ESPN3D)
Oregon State vs. Stanford: OK, I know you're probably tired of hearing about Andrew Luck, especially since the media IDIOTICALLY coined "Suck for Luck", but you owe it to yourself to watch this man. As a fan of a team who plays Stanford yearly, I've seen him firsthand and I can't even complain. His throws are so goddamned beautiful that I find myself laughing sometimes. Laughing! Fuck the media and their slobknobbing, just watch this kid in college while you can. (Saturday, 3:30, ABC/ESPN3)
Alabama vs. LSU: Fuck what happens in January, THIS is your national title game right here. (Saturday 8:00, CBS)
Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State: Welp, we'll see if Oklahoma State has what it takes to be a title-team and if T. Boone Pickens's gold-sprinkled spare ribs taste that much better, or if Kansas State is back to the glory days of (obscure college quarterback warning) ELL ROBERSON! (Saturday 8:00, ABC/ESPN2/ESPN3)
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