Two fights have joined FX’s super-sized preliminary-card broadcast for next week’s UFC on FOX 5 event.
FX now airs six fights, not the usual four, prior to the Dec. 8′s main-card broadcast on FOX.
The bouts include bantamweights Mike Easton (13-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Raphael Assuncao (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and featherweights Dennis Siver (20-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) vs. Nam Phan (18-10 MMA, 2-3 UFC).
UFC on FOX 5 takes place Dec. 8 at Seattle’s KeyArena and features a main event between lightweight champion Benson Henderson and top contender Nate Diaz.
Although FUEL TV carried past UFC on FOX prelims, they now head to the bigger FX. Other bouts part of next week’s three-hour broadcast, which follows additional prelims on Facebook, include heavyweights Brendan Schaub (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) vs. Lavar Johnson (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 15″ lightweight winner Michael Chiesa (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Marcus LeVesseur (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC), “TUF 13″ runner-up Ramsey Nijem (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. fellow lightweight Joe Proctor (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), and lightweights Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC) vs. Jeremy Stephens (20-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC).
The full UFC on FOX 5 card includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
- Champ Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz (for lightweight title)
- Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
- Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
- Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 p.m. ET)
- Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub
- Mike Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur
- Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
- Nam Phan vs. Dennis Siver
- Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
- Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 3:30 p.m. ET)
- Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
- John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen
- Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo
For more on UFC on FOX 5, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
(Pictured: Mike Easton)
Annalise Braakensiek Venus Williams
In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:
Entrepreneurs “give back” to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives — and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.
Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama’s speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.
Full column at Newsday.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Rachel McAdams
Greg McElroy didn’t downplay his excitement about being a starting NFL quarterback — however short it might be. This has been a goal of his since he was a little kid wearing a Troy Aikman jersey.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” McElory said Wednesday in quotes distributed by the New York Jets. “This is a great moment and a great milestone in my career. Obviously this is something I’ve looked forward to and I’ve dreamed about my entire life. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity.”
Few quarterback changes come without some controversy. This one is a national storyline considering McElroy leapfrogged the popular Tim Tebow to supplant Mark Sanchez as Jets’ starter for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
McElroy claimed the process has not been as awkward as one would expect.
“Those guys are unselfish and have been nothing but helpful,” McElroy said. “I can’t say enough about those guys. It makes the situation difficult because you love those guys, you want to see them have success, but at the same time I know if the roles were flipped, I’d be rooting those guys on and they’ll be doing the same for me.”
McElroy was asked if this is an audition for 2013?
Darlington: Tebow’s career ending?
“I’m not concerned about next week against Buffalo,” McElroy said. “I’m not concerned about next year. I’m not concerned about those things. Just enjoy right now, live in the moment. That’s what my dad said when I talked to him, ‘Live in the moment. Enjoy this. You’ve been dreaming about this your whole life.’
“My whole life, I can think back. I remember wearing a Troy Aikman jersey growing up and pretending I was in these shoes. I did it. I got here and I’m very grateful and excited about this opportunity.”
The excitement is great and all, but McElroy should take this as a job interview. The Jets obviously need a quarterback and McElroy gets a chance to make an impression before anyone else.
Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.
Gina Hiraizumi Paula Jai Parker
I Wrote Child Murder Jokes
YEARS AGO For ‘This Is 40′
Judd Apatow meant no harm in his script for “This Is 40” when one of the characters jokingly plays a “murder game” with his kids.Â Judd tells us, he wrote the script 2 years ago, long before the Connecticut tragedy.
The scene in question involves the Albert Brooks‘Â character, who is broke and looking for ways to save money.Â The character, Larry, prepares to spray his triplets with a hose and says, “Line up! Line up for murder!Â Come on!Â Who wants to be killed?”
One of the kids screams, “I do!”Â Larry responds, “Okay, we’re eliminating one, we’re cheaper already,” and then Larry sprays the child.
The next kid says, “Murder me!”Â Larry responds, “Boom, dead.Â You’re dead,” adding, “All right, the kids are murdered.Â That will save us some money.”
Judd tells us, the scene “is spoken by a sarcastic father kidding with his children.Â In light of recent events, I understand if some people might make an unfortunate association or put it in a context in which it was not intended.”
We’ve learned the scene is staying in the movie, which opens Friday.
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‘Ultimate Fighter’ Ray Elbe
My GF Broke My Penis!!
(aka Get Ready to Cringe)
If you didn’t know Ray Elbe from ‘Ultimate Fighter’ … you will now forever know him as the dude whose girlfriend banged him so hard she broke his penis! Yeah, we can’t stop crying either.Â
Check out TMZ on TV — click here to see your local listings!
John Goodman Rebecca Demorney
Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan is by common consent one of the masterpieces of political theory. Yet its greatness is hard to pinpoint. It lies partly, again by common consent, in the quality of its prose. Even readers horrified by Hobbes’s authoritarian arguments thrill to the manner of their expression. It is a prose as utterly individual as that of his contemporaries Robert Burton, Sir Thomas Browne and Milton – and as hard to categorise. Its darts and flashes, compressions and difficulties can call to mind the metaphysical poets, his other contemporaries. Yet metaphysical inspiration was one of Hobbes’s targets, bent as he was on the subjection of political argument to the realism of the scientific revolution, the area of thought where his prior interest lay. Anyway, the attraction of his prose can explain only so much. The impact of the work, especially on the Continent, was largely indebted to his Latin translation of it. The year of the English edition, 1651, also produced Milton’s Latin vindication of the execution of Charles I in 1649, Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio, another book whose literary properties dazzled readers shocked by its thesis. Hobbes was one of them. His own Latin deserved and commanded no such wonder.
more from Blair Worden at Literary Review here.
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Kim Katrel Winona Ryder
Riding high after a big knockout win in front of his home Vegas crowd on Saturday night, things couldn’t have been better for Mike Pyle.Â Then he sat down for a post-fight dinner with his wife.Â
This past weekend’s UFC on FX 6 event drew below-average ratings for both the FX-televised main card and the FUEL TV-televised preliminary card, though prelim numbers were up significantly from UFC on FX 5.
Tania Bryer Sela Ward
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