Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Kurt Holobaugh, Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Kurt Holobaugh, Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell.

Holobaugh defeated Matt Bessette on July 11 at “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1.” Shields fights Danny Davis Jr. and Harrison meets Steven Rodriguez on July 29 at “PFL: Everett.” Bell defeated Brittney Elkin on Friday at Bellator 181.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2487 with Boston Salmon, Brandon Girtz and Dan Tom

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Boston Salmon, Brandon Girtz and Dan Tom.

Salmon is fresh off a victory at “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1,” where he also netted himself a UFC contract. Girtz headlined Bellator 181 on Friday and suffered a loss to Derek Campos via cut in a Fight of the Year contender. MMA analyst Tom was our in-studio guest host.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch as Snoop Dogg chills, smokes a blunt and calls Dana White 'Contender Series' premiere

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The sale of recreational marijuana in Nevada kicked off July 1, just in time for the premiere of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.”

Why does that matter? Because Snoop Dogg, obviously.

The UFC made quite the splash when it announced Snoop, along with Urijah Faber, would be calling an alternate broadcast of “DWTNCS.” And with Nevada’s new law taking effect right before the July 11 premiere episode at UFC Gym in Las Vegas, let’s just say fighters in the octagon weren’t all that was getting lit up.

Check out the video above for highlights of Snoop and Faber on the call.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Champ injured at DWCS 1; Almeida-Gonzalez set for CES MMA interim title fight

After the champ suffered an injury in the recent “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1” headliner, CES MMA will soon crown an interim titleholder.

On July 11, reigning titleholder Matt Bessette (22-8) headlined the recent UFC Fight Pass event and suffered a knockout loss to Kurt Holobaugh (18-4). He also injured his thumb in the fight and could be out of action for up to six months unless a doctor clears him early.

As a result, officials have booked an interim title fight between Saul Almeida (19-8) and Pedro Gonzalez (12-5) for CES MMA 45.

The event takes place Aug. 11 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and the main card airs on AXS TV Fights.

Almeida, a 28-year-old Brazilian, fights for the 11th time under the CES MMA banner. The former WSOF and Bellator fighter, who’s fought notables ranging from Goiti Yamauchi to Rob Font during his nine-year career, recently halted a three-fight skid with a submission win over Josh LaBerge at CES MMA 42 in March.

He now meets Gonzalez, a 29-year-old from Massachusetts who’s fought throughout the Northeast since turning pro in 2008. He’s currently riding a five-fight winning that includes five submission victories. All of the victories, including a recent one over Bruno Dias at CES MMA 43, came via submission.

The latest CES MMA 45 card includes:

MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Ashley Gooch vs. Juliano Coutinho – for heavyweight title
  • Nate Andrews vs. Bruce Boyington
  • Saul Almeida vs. Pedro Gonzalez – for interim featherweight title
  • Nick Alley vs. Gary Balletto Jr.
  • Kris Moutinho vs. Brandon Seyler

PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Miguel Restrepo vs. Richie Santiago
  • Leon Davis vs. Andrew Osborne
  • John Douma vs. Jason Rine
  • Billy Keenan vs. Tim Tyler

For more on CES MMA 45, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Brandon Girtz, Boston Salmon and Dan Tom

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Brandon Girtz, Boston Salmon and Dan Tom.

Girtz came up short after suffering a cut in Friday’s Bellator 181 headliner with Derek Campos. Salmon won a UFC contract this past week after a win at “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1.” MMA analyst Tom is our in-studio guest host.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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'Dana White's Contender Series' Week 1 results: Kurt Holobaugh KOs Matt Bessette in headliner

LAS VEGAS – Kurt Holobaugh was triumphant in the Week 1 main event of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” when he starched Matt Bessette for a first-round knockout.

The event, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, saw Holobraugh (18-4) come out on fire, putting on good striking work to Bessette’s (22-8) head and body. The assault continued as time wore on, and after a few minutes the result was imminent.

Holobraugh caught Bessette with a perfect counter right hand, which immediately sent his opponent crashing face-first to the canvas, causing referee John McCarthy to step in halt the action at the 2:59 mark of Round 1.

Anyanwu scores big KO, confronts Dana White

The heavyweights delivered a violent finish when Azunna Anyanwu ended Greg Rebello’s night with a nasty series of punches for the second-round knockout.

After touching each other up on the feet with hard shots over the opening round, the action spilled over into the second but started to sway in Anyanwu’s favor. Finally a left hand connected flush on Rebello’s chin, and Anyanwu swarmed with follow-up shots for the stoppage at 3:04 of Round 2.

Immediately after the fight, Anyanwu went to the side of the octagon where UFC President Dana White was seated and pleaded for him to offer an official UFC contract.

Salmon’s superior striking gets it done

Boston Salmon (5-1) didn’t get the finish, but he put in a largely dominant performance against Ricky Turcios (8-1) to earn a unanimous decision by scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Salmon’s striking was the key to victory in the lightweight bout. He kept his opponent at his desired range and picked his shots in a convincing manner over the course of 15 minutes to hand Turcios his first career loss.

Byrd earns scary submission of Pickett

Charles Byrd (8-4) choked out Jamie Pickett (6-3) in frightening fashion in the opening round of their middleweight bout to earn his fourth victory in his past five fights.

Byrd found his way into top position late in the first round and locked in an arm-triangle choke, which put Pickett unconscious and caused him to convulse on the canvas for several seconds after the referee halted the action at the 4:55 mark.

Fortunately, Byrd returned to his feet and left the octagon under his own power.

Sanchez rallies for decision nod

Joby Sanchez (10-2) earned the first victory in the history of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” when he rallied to defeat Manny Vazquez (9-3) in their flyweight bout.

After getting dropped and nearly submitted in the first round, Sanchez turned up the heat with his grappling in the second frame. He carried that momentum into the third to get the nod on all the judges’ scorecards.

Complete Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1 results included:

  • Kurt Holobraugh def. Matt Bessette via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:59
  • Azunna Anyanwu def. Greg Rebello via knockout (puches) – Round 2, 3:04
  • Boston Salmon def. Ricky Turcios via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Charles Byrd def. Jamie Pickett via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:55
  • Joby Sanchez def. Manny Vazquez via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2483 with Daniel Cormier, Laura Sanko and Muhammed Lawal

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Daniel Cormier, Laura Sanko and Muhammed Lawal.

Cormier defends his UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 214 on July 29 vs. Jon Jones. Sanko is part of the broadcast team for “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” which debuts tomorrow on UFC Fight Pass. Lawal is looking to challenge for the Bellator light heavyweight title later this year.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Laid-back Snoop Dogg says he could turn 'action-packed' with UFC mic in hand

Rap superstar and entertainment mogul Snoop Dogg made his name in the music business with a laid-back, smooth style on a microphone. But Snoop believes that signature cadence could change just a bit with a live fight to call.

“I think that some fights will get me upbeat and over the top because it’s based off the fight I’m watching,” Snoop told talk-show host and minority UFC owner Conan O’Brien. “If it’s a real entertaining fight, and it’s action-packed, then I believe that my commentary will be action-packed, but for the most part, I’m just playing it to the fight.”

Snoop joins UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber to provide an alternate commentary stream for the UFC’s brand new “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” which debuts tonight on UFC Fight Pass.

Veteran broadcaster Dan Hellie joins longtime fighter Yves Edwards for a more traditional broadcast all at tonight’s debut, while ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald and UFC lightweight Paul Felder step in on July 18 to provide a second crew that will alternate during each week of the eight-episode season.

Each week featured five live fights that stream on UFC Fight Pass from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. While Snoop may seem like an unlikely commentator, he’s a longtime fan of the organization.

“I just love the UFC because you can’t run in that industry,” Snoop told O’Brien. “It’s not like you can hide in the corner. You’ve got to really get down, and that’s exciting to see and exciting to commentate.”

Check out the video above to see more from Snoop’s appearance on “Conan.”

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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NFL Network's Dan Hellie, ex-ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald to call Dana White 'Contender Series'

(This story first appeared on usatoday.com.)

The broadcast crew for Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series includes some names that may not be all that familiar to UFC fans.

UFC Senior VP of International and Content Joe Carr told USA TODAY Sports that’s sort of the point, and that’s why the promotion tapped NFL Network’s Dan Hellie and former ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald to split play-by-play duties for the weekly live fighting series that debuts on Tuesday on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC will make the official announcement of the crew during Saturday’s UFC 213 broadcast. It was previously announced that rapper Snoop Dogg and 2017 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Urijah Faber will call Tuesday Night Contender Series events on an alternate audio feed.

“Dan Hellie and Brendan Fitzgerald both have had long broadcasting careers, even if they haven’t called live fights,” Carr said. “We are not rushing them onto broadcast TV. UFC Fight Pass is a smaller platform so they won’t face as much scrutiny. They won’t be in front of 2-3 million people like they would be on broadcast TV. This will give them more opportunity to learn how to call the sport and earn respect of the fans.”

The series includes five fights each week and will focus not just on prospects, but also veteran fighters looking to make a comeback.

UFC Fight Pass is the promotion’s digital subscription service launched in December 2013 and has been the only way to watch the early preliminary-card fights of UFC events, which had been previously streamed on Facebook. Carr called the the Tuesday Night Contender Series the biggest investment the UFC has made in UFC Fight Pass since its inception.

“Our research through the years has shown what our subscribers want is more live, exclusive fights on the service,” Carr said. “I think about 50 percent of our subscribers will watch the Tuesday Night Contender Series live.”

Carr, citing company policy, declined to state how many monthly subscribers there are for UFC Fight Pass, which ranges in price from $7.99 to $9.99 per month.

Hellie will call Tuesday’s debut with former UFC lightweight Yves Edwards serving as the color commentator. Fitzgerald will be paired with UFC lightweight Paul Felder as the duo debuts July 18. The broadcast crews will alternate weeks during the show’s eight-week run.

“I have been a fan of UFC for a long time,” Hellie said. “Obviously, this is different for me than calling NFL or basketball games, a couple of things I’ve done in the past. This is new experience and I’m just preparing like I would for anything else.”

UFC tried out about 10 play-by-play and color commentators each before the crew was chosen, Carr said.

Hellie credited UFC welterweight Alan Jouban for coming to his Manhattan Beach, Calif., home and giving him a “UFC for Dummies” rundown of the sport before his audition. Hellie has also spoken to UFC’s main play-by-play announcer, Jon Anik, since he learned he got the job.

“(Anik) told me to keep it simple and don’t act like you know something that you don’t,” Hellie said. “In broadcast terms, you ‘lay out’ when there’s something your not familiar with. So, I’ll lay out until I get more comfortable with the terminology and jargon. Until then, I’ll lean on Yves as the color commentator.”

Laura Sanko, a former fighter who has called UFC and Invicta FC events, will serve as the backstage reporter for the broadcasts.

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1,” visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Dana White says he's in for long haul, ready to 'take combat sports to the next level'

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LAS VEGAS – Dana White readily admits his job entails long hours and high stress, so with a few hundred million dollars in the bank, one could hardly blame him if he elected to ride off into the sunset. But the UFC president insists he has no such plans.

“What am I going to do?” White asked. “What am I going to do? People treat it like I hit the lottery. I had money before. It’s not like I hit the lottery and I’m just going to take off and disappear. I love this sport, and obviously the hardest part about the sale was leaving the Fertitta brothers. We’ve been together for 20 years in business together, and I went through a hard time. It was like a divorce. I went through that, I got through it, and I’m back on the ball and doing my thing.

“I love it. I’m not going anywhere, and we’re actually working on some crazy (expletive) right now, and I’m looking forward to it. We’ll blow everybody’s minds again next year.”

The UFC’s sale to WME-IMG was made public one year ago, and the time since has seen the company placed under a microscope, with every decision made subject to analysis for how it will impact the future health of the sport. Complicating matters for the new regime was a lack of big fights to book in the first half of 2017.

The sport’s biggest star, Conor McGregor, spent that time chasing after a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, while revenue-generating names such as Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar have seemingly ended their fighting days since WME-IMG took over.

But White, who pocketed a fortune with the UFC’s sale and could certainly walk away from the job, insists he’s unconcerned by what he sees as a natural ebb and flow of fight promotion.

“That’s the way this business works,” White explained. “When you’re coming off a year like we had last year, you just can’t keep rolling. First of all, all those guys fought, people end up injured, and we’ve still had a killer year even though the blockbuster fights weren’t there for us at the beginning of the year. The way that (expletive) goes is, as soon as everybody gets healthy again, the second half of your year is going to be killer.”

Sure enough, things do seem to be looking up. The lineup for this month’s UFC 214 is bordering on ridiculous, McGregor’s boxing match with Mayweather on Aug. 26 may prove to be the biggest fight of all-time, and White said “The Notorious” also wants to return to the octagon before year’s end.

Internally, the company is also celebrating the opening of an incredible new corporate campus for its employees and Performance Institute for its athletes.

White also pointed to the launch of his new “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” as proof that the company is both invested in and optimistic about the future.

“It’s a great time,” White said. “When have I ever told you guys that big things were coming and big things didn’t come? We’re working on a lot of great stuff. Obviously we’re still doing all the things we’re doing. This is just the surface stuff that I’m telling you that we’re going out and looking for opportunities for these younger, up-and-coming guys where the fans will have the opportunity to see some of these rising stars on this new show, and ‘Lookin’ for a Fight.’ Not to mention the fact all the things that we’re doing that you don’t know about to cultivate talent.

“We’re working on things in Mexico and China. Mexico, China and the U.K. right now. We’re working on things in Russia, and we’re working on some even bigger (expletive), which we’ll probably be announcing next year. It’s all good. Everybody thinks I’m going somewhere or doing something. I’m not going anywhere man. We’re dug in like ticks over here and we are working on great (expletive). … We’re looking at how we take combat sports to the next level.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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