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Mike Winkeljohn Convinced Greg Jackson to Corner Jon Jones Against Rashad Evans

Winkeljohn Convinced Jackson to Corner Jones After Evans 'Kept Throwing Greg Under the Bus'
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Winklejohn recently told Bleacher Report’s Ari LeVaux that he ultimately convinced Jackson to corner Jones against Evans at UFC 145 after feeling Evans criticized his former coach one too many times.

“I was always going to corner Jon because I was working with Jon since almost day 1 here, and Rashad had left camp, and Rashad is actually cool with that. We’ve spoken many times and he understands that everybody is out there to make a living, do their thing and we’ve got a good rapport.

“But he upset me in that he kept throwing Greg under the bus. Enough’s enough. You have your disagreements, I understand that, but there’s more important things out there and it’s time for Greg to work in Jon’s corner.”

“TUF Brazil” Episodes Likely to Air on FUEL TV Starting in June

FUEL TV targets June for 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' debut
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“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” is expected to air for U.S. audiences on FUEL TV in June, FUEL TV executive vice president and general manager George Greenberg today confirmed.

Greenberg said FUEL TV decided to delay the debut of the first international season of the long-running reality series in order to avoid competition with “The Ultimate Fighter: Live.”

“We don’t want to take any air out of the room promotionally for ‘TUF’ on FX,” the executive told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “As soon as ‘TUF’ on FX is done then we will premiere ‘TUF: Brazil,’ which will feed into the next ‘TUF’ on FX.”

Good news for those who haven't seen any of the season yet and are waiting for it to hit the television airwaves. I've been catching the episodes a couple of days later online and they have been pretty entertaining.

FUEL TV’s George Greenburg Reveals Schedule for Remaining 2012 UFC Events

Target Dates Revealed for Remaining UFC on Fuel TV Events in 2012
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During a conference call with media on Tuesday, Fuel TV Executive Vice President and General Manager George Greenberg laid out a tentative plan for the UFC’s shows on the network for this year.

“(UFC on Fuel) 4 you’re looking at July,” Greenberg stated.
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“Right now for us we’re probably, the fifth one could be September 4th, and I think the sixth one perhaps November, not exactly sure yet, things are still floating around, but I would say probably September/November,” said Greenberg.

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“TUF: Live” Ratings Dip Below 1 Million for the First Time in the Show’s History

Ultimate Fighter TV Ratings Drift Below 1 Million for the First Time
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The Ultimate Fighter: Live, just five weeks into season 15, continues its downward trend in the TV ratings.

For the first time in the history of The Ultimate Fighter franchise, an episode dipped below one million viewers. Week five of TUF: Live pulled in an audience of 947,000 to see Team Faber’s Michael Chiesa defeat Team Cruz’s Jeremy Larsen.

The victory kept matchmaking control squarely in Urijah Faber’s camp, but it did little to bolster the ratings.

The UFC and FX had to expect some sort of dip in the ratings during the switchover to an entirely new network and time slot. But five weeks in, I don't know if either side expected this. The time slot for the program is terrible. I personally have yet to watch an episode live and I don't expect to at all this season to be quite frank.

Are the casual fans still sticking to Spike thanks to their counter-programming or is the interest just not there anymore?

Jose Aldo’s Top Training Partner, Hacran Diaz, is Coming to the UFC

UFC Inks Nova Uniao Featherweight Hacran Dias to 3-Fight Deal
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Hacran Dias, the 27-year-old cousin of Bellator competitor Marlon Sandro and main sparring partner of UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo, signed a three-fight contract with the UFC on Saturday before the cameras of Brazil’s Sensei SporTV.

“Today is the happiest day of my life,” Dias told the Brazilian outlet. “Dede [Pederneiras] has been working on this for a long time, trying to get me in there, and today he came up with the contract, super-happy. When he handed it to me, I couldn’t believe it. Everyone cheered for me. I’m very happy with everything that’s happening to me.”

Dias joins teammates Aldo, Renan Barao, Johnny Eduardo and Luis Ramos under the Zuffa banner. A product of Rio de Janeiro’s Santo Amaro favela, Dias began fighting at age 18 after a brief career in youth soccer and has since amassed an impressive 20-1-1 record. He currently holds the Shooto South America featherweight title and has won eight straight outings since dropping a decision to South Korean standout Yui Chul Nam in July 2009.

Georges St. Pierre to Play in 2012 World Series of Poker

UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre Joins Team 888; Will Play 2012 WSOP Main Event
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Online gaming company 888 announced Thursday that mixed martial arts champion Georges St-Pierre is the company’s newest global ambassador. The current UFC Welterweight title holder recently signed a 12-month deal with 888 that will see him participate in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event, as well as several other poker tournaments around the globe.
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“I am very excited to become a global brand ambassador for Team 888poker,” St-Pierre said. “I have wanted to play poker for a while now as it is a great game of skill. It is not just your cards versus my cards; it is you versus your opponent. However, the most important aspect of my partnership with 888poker is that we are going to generate a great deal of money for my foundation that dedicates its efforts towards anti-bullying causes.

Touch of gloves to Cagewriter for the find.

Michael Bisping Chose to Face Tim Boetsch Over Cung Le

To aid title quest, UFC 148's Michael Bisping chose Tim Boetsch over Cung Le
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“Because Tim Boetsch is coming off a great win over Yushin Okami, it just made more sense and was the more appealing matchup,” Bisping today told MMAjunkie.com Radio. “It’s also a tougher matchup for me, but I want to win that next fight and stake a claim to that title shot. I think beating Tim Boetsch rather than Cung Le gives me more grounds to do that.”
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“He’s looked great, and he’s had some good wins,” Bisping said. “As I said, he had a huge KO of Okami, who was recently the No. 1 contender. I think that puts him pretty high up there in the rankings, and those are the guys I want to fight.”

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