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We'll be doing our regular poll for Turning Point tomorrow.

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For UFC tonight from the Honda Center in Anaheim, the prelims will air on the UFC Facebook page as well as the Foxsports.com web site.  From 7-9 p.m. several prelims will air on Fox Sports Deportes.  In addition, Fuel will be airing a two-hour pregame show from 7-9 p.m. with tons of talks on Velasquez vs. Dos Santos as well as a one hour post-game show at 10 p.m.  If you're driving, Fox Sports Radio will be covering the event from 8-10 p.m.

Prelims starting at 4:45 p.m. Eastern time
Matt Lucas (203) vs. Aaron Rosa (204)
Paul Bradley (171) vs. Mike Pierce (171)
Alex Caceres (136) vs. Cole Escovedo (134)
Mackens Semerzier (146) vs. Robbie Peralta (145)
Darren Uyenoyama (135) vs. Kid Yamamoto (135)
Clay Harvison (169) vs. DaMarques Johnson (171)
Ricardo Lamas (145) vs. Cub Swanson (145)
Pablo Garza (145) vs. Dustin Poirier (146)
Clay Guida (156) vs. Ben Henderson (156)

Live on Fox at 9 p.m.
Cain Velasquez (249) vs. Junios Dos Santos (239) for the heavyweight title

Dragon Gate USA iPPV at www.wwnlive.com from the arena in Philadelphia starts at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time and if you watch the iPPV they note they will be done by 9 p.m. in time for the UFC on Fox:

Yamato vs. Chuck Taylor for the Open the Freedom Gate title
Cima & Ricochet vs. Sami Callihan & Arik  Cannon for the Open the United Gate tag titles
Sabu vs. Pinkie Sanchez in a street fight
Johnny Gargano vs. BxB Hulk
Brodie Lee vs. Pac
Akira Tozawa vs. Rich Swann
AR Fox vs. Masato Yoshino

For those live, there is a dark match at 5:05 p.m. with B.J. Whitmer & Uhaa Nation vs. Scott Reed & Caleb Konely

Bellator tonight will be at 7 p.m., two hours earlier than usual to avoid the UFC as well, on MTV 2
Douglas Lima (171) vs. Ben Saunders (170.4) for welterweight tournament final
Alexander Shlemenko (185) vs. Vitor Vianna (184) for the middleweight tournament final
John Hawk (205) vs. Roger Hollett (204.8)
Alexandre Bezerra (146.4) vs. Doug Evans (146) - they agreed to meet at a catch weight when Bezerra didn't make weight  
    

Sunday is headlined by Turning Point with Bobby Roode vs. A.J. Styles for the TNA title, Jeff Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett, RVD vs. Christopher Daniels no DQ, Mexican America & Sarita vs. Ink Inc. & Toxine for the tag titles, Matt Morgan vs. Crimson, Mr. Anderson & Abyss vs. Scott Steiner & Bully Ray, Austin Aries vs. Kid Kash vs. Jesse Sorensen for the X title and Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim for the Knockouts title. Dragon Gate USA finishes its tour in New York at BB King's with Yamato vs. Gargano for the Open the Freedom Gate title.

The Sunday Dragon Gate show is also on on iPPV at www.wwnlive.com

There is also a CHIKARA iPPV on Sunday at www.gofightlive.tv headlined by Mike Quackenbush vs. Eddie Kingston and we'll be looking for reports on the show.

There is a three-hour Raw on Monday from Boston featuring The Rock and Mick Foley live, plus the Jim Ross/Michael Cole angle. There is also an Impact taping from Orlando.

Tuesday is a Smackdown and NXT taping in Bridgeport, CT and Impact tapings in Orlando.

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--Some eyebrows were raised when Cain Velasquez weighed in at 249 pounds, and he did look a little softer then usual at that weight, because he usually fights between 235 and 244.  Ariel Helwani asked Dana White a couple of days ago about a rumor of Velasquez being injured and White kind of acknowledged something happened but that he was fine now.  I guess we'll see in a few hours.

--Bryan and I will be doing post-show radio tonight as well as another show Sunday after the TNA Turning Point show, and Monday after the three-hour Raw.  We are both in Anaheim today covering the event.

--WWE performers fly back to the U.S. from Europe today for the Boston Raw on Monday. Business picked up yesterday with near sellouts in London and in Gdansk, Poland, and the two weeks in Europe is traditionally the best house show payoff runs of the year (the April and November tours) but also the most grueling as many won't get home until Wednesday.

--We spoke backstage with Brock Lesnar yesterday.  How this affects fighting we shall see, but he's the biggest and strongest he's been in years.  A lot of people saw the WWE 12 video, which must have been done just as he got back to training, but he's 278 pounds and looks enormous up close, far more than Alistair Overeem who is a little taller and almost as heavy.  Lesnar said that Dana White did ask him to fight on tonight's show when the deal was first made but he said that he wouldn't be ready, but says he's surprised because he's recovered faster than he expected and would have been ready.

--Lesnar will be all over tonight's broadcast, as they are going to be pushing Lesnar vs. Overeem.  There will be little if any promotion for the San Jose show and the 12/10 Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida show from what we've been told, but they will hit Lesnar vs. Overeem hard and push the winner of that fight facing the champion.

--If you are in Ireland, the show will air for free at 2 a.m. tonight on Sky 423.

--The Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida winner is tentatively scheduled to face Frankie Edgar for the lightweight title on 2/25 in Saitama, Japan.

--Very interesting to note that with the UFC being on FOX, even though this is one of the biggest fights in company history, I was watching ESPN Sports Center last night and didn't even see a mention of it.  Granted, with college football and the Penn State scandal it was never going to be a major story this weekend, but not a mention.  They have been covering the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fight.

--Really sad news that James Harris, the original Kamala from the 80s, just underwent surgery to have his foot removed due to complications from high blood pressure and diabetes.

--Although he had been scheduled to start rehab right after the E:60 piece aired, Scott Hall was trying to get his affairs taken care of and actually just went in earlier today. 

--Georges St. Pierre was nominated for Canada's Athlete of the Year award by Sportsnet, an all-sports television station.  St. Pierre has won the award the past three years, which is a testament to his popularity in that country.  Given that he only fought once this year, he probably shouldn't have been nominated.

--Bobby Lashley beat Karl Knothe last night in Lubbock in 3:00 with a Kimura to become the Shark fights Texas heavyweight champion.  Knothe was a last minute replacement but there were a lot of people who expected Lashley to lose this one.  Lashley has been training and really has been studied catch wrestling of late under Josh Barnett.

--WWE has a lot of new programming they are considering for their network, among the ideas listed on the WWE web site are:
*A show with Steve Austin and a more high-brow beer taster going around the country sampling beer.
*Mick Foley going around the country to amusement parks and checking out the rides
*Mick Foley hosting a show with the craziest moments in WWE history like the insane high risk moves of himself, Jeff Hardy, Shane McMahon and others.
*The Big show and wife Bess reality show, showing off her cooking talents and him showing off his eating talents as well as life at home.
*A reverse biggest loser, in this case it's skinny guys who work with a WWE performer to add muscle to their bodies and try then get girls. 
*A fitness show with various WWE men and women stars where you go go the gym with them and they demonstrate their workouts and give nutritional advice.  Shouldn't that show be with the guys who are their trainers and give them their nutritional advice?
*Divas on the road in a tour bus.  I guess they'll create women fighting over guys in their storylines.

--Mike DeGeorge noted that today is Matt Cappotelli's birthday and he's got photos of himself, now with a shaved bald head and ripped to shreads, on his facebook page.  Cappotelli won Tough Enough in 2003 and had a ton of promise as a pro wrestler, but his career ended due to brain cancer.  People all spoke highly of him and I'm really glad to hear he's doing well after what he's been through.

--Mickie James will be appearing and wrestling tonight for BANG at their BANG Sound Stage in Ocala, FL.

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