Between The Ropes Podcast – UFC Fight Night 26 Recap

Brian and Steve recap UFC Fight Night 26 which was its debut on Fox Sports 1, Chael Sonnen getting the huge win against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Travis Browne with a big knockout win versus Alistair Overeem and the rest of the card along with the ratings for the show and more.

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UFC Fight Night 26′s Steven Siler Ready To Make A Run At The Title

Steve talks to UFC featherweight Steven Siler as he fights Mike Brown tomorrow night on UFC Fight Night 26 in a key featherweight bout. Siler discusses his last fight with Kurt Holobaugh, hanging out with Brown, the rise of fellow feathweight Connor McGregor, his favorite food and much more.

UFC Fight Night 26 takes place tomorrow night from the TD Garden in Boston on Fox Sports 1 with the preliminary card featuring Siler facing with Brown starting at 6 p.m. ET. The main card kicks off at 8 ET with the man event of Chael Sonnen facing off with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

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UFC Fight Night 26 Press Conference Starting At 1 P.M. ET

UFC Fight Night 26 takes place on Saturday from the TD Garden in Boston with the main event featuring Chael Sonnen facing off with Shogun Rua.

Before Saturday’s fights, the press conference for the event takes place today at 1 p.m. ET. The press conference will be taking place at the Wang Theatre in Boston.

Those attending the press conference will be: UFC president Dana White, Rua, Sonnen, Alistair Overeem, Travis Browne, Urijah Faber, Yuri Alcantara, Joe Lauzon and Michael Johnson.

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Fox Sports 1 Agrees To Deals With Major TV Companies

UFC fans with DirecTV, Time Warner and Dish Network can now rejoice. The Los Angeles Times reported that Fox Sports 1 has agreed to deals with DirecTV, Time Warner and Dish Network in time for the network’s debut this Saturday. UFC President Dana White then confirmed the news on Twitter.

Terms of the deals with all three companies weren’t disclosed. Those three companies combined reach over 40 million homes, which will bring the reach of over 85 million homes that can watch Fox Sports 1.

The UFC debuts on the former channel known as Speed on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 26 taking place at the TD Garden in Boston with Chael Sonnen facing off against Shogun Rua in the headliner. The card begins with the preliminary card starting at 6 p.m. ET with the main card starting at 8 ET.

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Chael Sonnen Approved To Fight At UFC Fight Night 26

All the hoopla over whether Chael Sonnen would get his license for UFC Fight Night 26 was all for nothing.

The former UFC light heavyweight and middleweight title challenger was unanimously approved for a license by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission to fight Maurcio “Shogun” Rua next Saturday in the main event at UFC Fight Night 26 in an email sent to BetweenTheRopes.com.

The hearing took place today due to the union group, Unite Here, who had filed the complaint with the MSAC due to the federal laundering conviction Sonnen received in 2011. Another complaint was filed by the National Organization for Women over Sonnen’s alleged sexist, homophobic and derogatory language following his conviction that year as well.

Both groups were rebuffed as the MSAC ultimately approved the Oregon native for a license.

Here is what MSAC representative Terrel Harris sent to BetweenTheRopes.com:

The State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to license Chael Sonnen in Massachusetts for the Ultimate Fight Championship contest scheduled for August 17, 2013 in Boston. The decision followed the recommendation of their Medical Advisory Board which considered Sonnen’s physical condition and medical information. The Commission also considered complaints regarding his reputation and character but concluded no information the Commission received should preclude Sonnen’s licensure.

UFC President Dana White stated his feelings on the matter when it was announced Sonnen was getting a license.

UFC Fight Night 26 takes next Saturday night from the TD Garden in Boston on the debut night of Fox Sports 1.

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