Dec 20, 2012

UFC on FOX 5′s FX-televised prelims add Easton-Assuncao and Siver-Phan

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


  • 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)

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Dec 20, 2012

Kris Jenkins, former New York Jet, blasts Mark Sanchez

We now enter the portion of the New York Jets discussion where everyone blames Mark Sanchez and his deplorable season for all of the franchise’s ills.

On Wednesday night, it was former Jets teammate Kris Jenkins’ turn on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.”

“What Sanchez has to take responsibility for is during the time that he could have gotten better he wanted to sit back,” said Jenkins, who played with Sanchez in 2009-10, via the New York Post. “He wanted to pose for magazines, worry about his haircuts and do all of that stuff… I’m just saying, from what I saw him do, it was a lot better than what it is now. But he coasted. They coddled him. That was what was going on.”

The “coddle theory” isn’t exactly new. The Jets’ handling of their supposed franchise quarterback has been questioned since the team was on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in 2010, Sanchez’s second NFL season. The team also jettisoned offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer in part because Sanchez’s improvement stalled. Then there was that Tim Tebow debacle.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that the Jets would try and trade Sanchez in the offseason. Jenkins said the Jets have no choice.

Lombardi: Jets must get honest

“I think that if you leave Sanchez in that locker room he is going to become a bad apple … And the locker room has been fragile for the past two years,” Jenkins said.

This isn’t the first time the former Pro Bowl nose tackle has taken shots at Jets players. We’d be amiss, however, not to point out that Jenkins himself was largely a bust after the Jets traded two draft picks to the Carolina Panthers for him in 2008, then gave him a new five-year, $35 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. He spent much of the final two seasons in New York on injured reserve with anterior cruciate ligament injuries.

When asked where he saw the Jets going from this point, Jenkins didn’t mince words.

“Nowhere. It is done. Stick a fork in them,” he said.

Don’t worry, Kris, we already did.

Follow Kevin Patra on Twitter @kpatra.

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