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How Remote DVR Saved My Life

October 28, 2011

OK, so the story I’m about to share is not as dramatic as my title suggests, but let’s be honest… for many of us TV fanatics, forgetting to set our DVR to record our favorite show(s) often does seem like life or death.

Let’s take a few steps back and talk about what Remote DVR is. In fact, maybe I should moonwalk a little further and talk about what DVR itself is because, believe it or not, I still get asked this question on the regular.

DVR, which stands for Digital Video Recorder, is the greatest thing since sliced bread. And I’m not just saying that because I work for the company. 😉 It’s basically a smarter, “nu skool”-ier version of the beloved VHS recorder. Instead of using tapes like the VHS, it uses an internal hard drive (like a computer). And instead of relying on you and your fading memory (let’s face it, we’re getting old) to check the guide in the daily paper and set your recordings manually, the DVR automatically syncs to the on-screen guide through which you can set all of your recordings. You can even set it to record a whole series of shows, adjust start and end times, and much more!

Remote DVR, which was recently launched here in the Hawaii market, takes this convenience to the next level. Thanks to the power of the Interwebs, you can now log in to http://dvr.timewarnercable.com (using TimeWarnerCable.com’s MyServices portal) from any Internet connected device, and manage your DVR recordings even when you aren’t home.

How Remote DVR Saved My Life

For Apple iPad users, you can leverage the power of our uber popular TWCable TV iPad App to similarly manage your DVR recordings. As a new father, I’ve found this service particularly useful & convenient because once baby goes to bed, the wife mandates that the TV be off. Not a problem. If I forgot to set a recording, I’ll just whip out my trusty iPad…

How Remote DVR Saved My LifeTWCable TV App on the iPad

fire up the TWCable TV app…

How Remote DVR Saved My LifeTWCable TV app launching

go into the DVR screen, and record away.

On this particular occasion, I forgot to set all of my UFC 137 related recordings. As a HUGE UFC and MMA fan in general, this event is of particular interest to me – as well as the rest of the state – because our local boy BJ Penn is headlining the card. (Read an interview I did with BJ Penn back in 2009.)

Since the “no TV when baby is sleeping” rule was in full effect, I simply did a search for “UFC” in the TWCable TV app and found all shows in the next 7 days with “UFC” in the title.

How Remote DVR Saved My LifeSearching for “UFC” in the TWCable TV app

From there, I simply selected the shows I wanted to record and, bingo-bango, they were all automagically set to record without even having to turn on my TV. Sweet right? Here’s what one sequence looked like when I scheduled a show (UFC 137 Prelims) to record on Spike HD.

How Remote DVR Saved My LifeSelecting UFC 137 Prelims in the search results brought up this options window

How Remote DVR Saved My LifeSelecting the HD version brought up this window that displayed additional show info and the Record button.

How Remote DVR Saved My LifePressing the Record button brought up the options screen where you could adjust the Save Time (“Until space needed” or “Do not delete”) and the Start and End times.

How Remote DVR Saved My LifePressing the Confirm Changes button set my recording

Not exactly life saving, but definitely time saving. Now, with all this extra time, I can concentrate on preparing for my UFC 137 BBQ/Party! 8) Goooooo BJ!

How Remote DVR Saved My LifeUFC 137 Poster (Poster Art Courtesy: UFC)

For Oceanic Time Warner Cable customers here in Hawaii, you can follow along through our UFC Video Content page. For more information on how to order, click here.

VH07V!

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Fun Day Monday – Guess the Nationality

April 6, 2009

A-ight peeps. We be hea again to start your work week right. Here’s a lil’ sumthin’ sumthin’ I got in the mail that made me smile. I hope it helps brighten up your day too. [Side note: all y’all “arse” lovahs out dea (like *cough*kuya.d*cough*) should enjoy dis one]! 🙂

OK, take a good look at this photo and guess the nationality:

Fun Day Monday - Guess the Nationality

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Give up!?!?

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POLISH!

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Check it!

Fun Day Monday - Guess the Nationality

Holy Kielbasa!

Get your mind out of the gutter you pervs! 😛

Happy Monday y’all!

Talk to me!
* How’d you like da joke? Pretty tricky yeah?
* I had quite that eventful weekend (picked up taxes from accountant, went to Kanpai, may’ve sold the car, watched a movie, Lunch at Pietro’s). What’d you do?
* How does your work week look?
* Anybody catch the WEC last night?
* How ’bout dem Final 4s? Who you going for today: Michigan St. or North Carolina?
* Anybody else (besides uji and me) depressed that the Phillies dropped their season opener yesterday? 😛
* The Brother-in-law’s gonna kill me, but The Hills (final season with Lauren) starts up again tonight. Ya gonna watch it? 8)
* Fight fans, don’t forget that there is the (new) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz event on Showtime (Digital Channel 0633 or HD Channel 1633), a re-airing of UFC 94 (St. Pierre vs. Penn) on Spike TV (Digital Cable 0559), and the Winky Wright vs. Paul Williams bout (which may have Andrei Arlovski on the undercard) on HBO (Digital Channel 0611 or HD Channel 1611) this Saturday; UFC 97 Redemption (Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites) on PPV (Digital Channel 0701 or HD PPV Channel 1700), and the local Kingdom MMA event (Mayhem Miller vs. Kala Kolohe Hose) next Saturday, the 18th; and finally, the Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton fight on May 2 on PPV (HD Channel 1700).

UFC 94 Weekend In Vegas

February 1, 2009

Every so often, there comes a time in a man’s life when the stars just align. The perfect storm of pleasure if you will. The weekend of January 30th was one such time.

You see, The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – the most popular Mixed Martial Arts promotion – was having their biggest, most highly anticipated fight card in history: UFC 94. The main event featured Hilo’s own BJ Penn against Canada’s Georges St. Pierre, arguably the two best pound for pound fighters in the sport. Superbowl XLIII (43) festivities, which featured the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Arizona Cardinals, was also going on that weekend. Did I mention that this was all going down in Vegas? ‘Nuff said!

It all started with a confirmation of UFC 94 fight tickets, just a couple weeks before the event (Mahalos to Bruddah DJ and the rest of the UFC posse). From there, it was pure pandemonium as I worked some flight, room and car reservation magic for less than $580 per. Not bad, given the current flight prices.

Wifey unfortunately couldn’t take off of work so my friend Dave “took one for the team” and forced himself to come with me on this once in a lifetime, sport-filled weekend.

We caught the red-eye on Thursday the 29th, and enjoyed breakfast at Ruby’s Dinette on our LAX layover.

Outside Ruby's Dinette
Outside Ruby’s Dinette

I’ve been by this place numerous times before, but never had the chance or the time to eat there. With our hunger, and a couple of hours to spare, Dave and I checked it out. It’s a good thing we did because it was surprisingly good.

Ruby's Breakfast Burrito: "A flour tortilla filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, salsa and shredded cheese. Topped with sour cream, black olives and chopped green onions. Served with black beans. It's our "South of the Border" specialty!"
Ruby’s Breakfast Burrito: “A flour tortilla filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, salsa and shredded cheese. Topped with sour cream, black olives and chopped green onions. Served with black beans. It’s our “South of the Border” specialty!”

Skillet Potatoes
Skillet Potatoes

Ruby’s Dinette – LAX
201 World Way – Terminal 6
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 646-2480

We arrived in Sin City at about 10AM on Friday, the 30th, but by the time we got our luggage, stood in line to pick up our rental car, and took my mobile phone in for service (it stopped working for some reason), it was almost time for the first two events of the trip: the exclusive Q&A session with (fighter) Rashad Evans and the official UFC 94 weigh-ins.

UFC 94 Schedule of Events poster
UFC 94 Schedule of Events poster

Thanks to Bruddah DJ, we were able to get early access into the event and sit decently close.

Nate Diaz flexes at 156 as announcer Joe Rogan, brother Nick Diaz, ring girls Logan Stanton and Arianny Celeste, his opponent's brother Jason Guida, UFC President Dana White, and ring announcer Bruce Buffer look on.
Nate Diaz flexes at 156 as announcer Joe Rogan, brother Nick Diaz, ring girls Logan Stanton and Arianny Celeste, his opponent’s brother Jason Guida, UFC President Dana White, and ring announcer Bruce Buffer look on.

Lyoto Machida comes in at 206 as ring girls Logan Stanton and Arianny Celeste, and UFC President Dana White look on.
Lyoto Machida comes in at 206 as ring girls Logan Stanton and Arianny Celeste, and UFC President Dana White look on.

BJ Penn does his King Kamehameha pose while coming in at 168, as ring girls Logan Stanton and Arianny Celeste look on.
BJ Penn does his King Kamehameha pose while coming in at 168, as ring girls Logan Stanton and Arianny Celeste look on.

The much anticipated BJ Penn-Georges St Pierre stare down, as St.-Pierre's head trainer Firas Zahabi, an unknown male, UFC President Dana White, ring announcer Bruce Buffer, Penn's head trainer Rudy Valentino and fight matchmaker Joe Silva look on.
The much anticipated BJ PennGeorges St Pierre stare down, as St.-Pierre’s head trainer Firas Zahabi, an unknown male, UFC President Dana White, ring announcer Bruce Buffer, Penn’s head trainer Rudy Valentino and fight matchmaker Joe Silva look on.

Following the weigh-ins, I decided to check my voicemail from my friend’s phone and was surprised to hear that my Las Vegas (Hawaii transplant) friend Jen left a couple of messages. She wanted us to meet up for dinner with her and her boyfriend Brandon at an all you can eat sushi spot called Sushi-Mon. Since Dave and I were practically starving, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect!

Sushi-Mon sign
Sushi-Mon sign

For $26.95 ($21.95 for lunch), you can pick from a large array of sushi/nigiri, rolls, and side dishes, and go to town on them for one hour. And go to town I did!

2 orders of ikura (salmon roe) and 2 orders of masago (smelt egg) (one order already eaten... couldn't wait! *grin*)
2 orders of ikura (salmon roe) and 2 orders of masago (smelt egg) (one order already eaten… couldn’t wait! *grin*)

2 orders of hokkigai (surf clam) and 2 orders of hamachi (yellowtail tuna)
2 orders of hokkigai (surf clam) and 2 orders of hamachi (yellowtail tuna)

Dave's Moon Roll order (Freshwater eel, yum yum scallop & avocado served on a bed of tempura crumbs topped with eel sauce).
Dave’s Moon Roll order (Freshwater eel, yum yum scallop & avocado served on a bed of tempura crumbs topped with eel sauce).

Jen's recommended Cajun Albacore sushi
Jen’s recommended Cajun Albacore sushi

Snow crab meat sushi (you're only allowed one order)
Snow crab meat sushi (you’re only allowed one order)

Baked Scallop Shell side dish
Baked Scallop Shell side dish

Ika (squid) sushi
Ika (squid) sushi

Sushi-Mon (on Sahara)
8320 W Sahara Ave #180,
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 304-0044
Open 7 Days a week, 11:30AM-2:00AM

And den, it was fight day! After fueling up on the $7.99 Garden Court Buffet Lunch at the Main Street Station Hotel in downtown…

My $7.99 buffet lunch (breakfast actually) at the Main Street Station Hotel in downtown (heart don't fail me now!)
My $7.99 buffet lunch (breakfast actually) at the Main Street Station Hotel in downtown (heart don’t fail me now!)

… we headed towards the Mirage to place some fight bets, as, according to my friend Kippy who messaged me on Facebook, they had Penn at +180, some of the best lines in town! By the time we got there though, the line had moved to +135, but that was still good enough for me to back our local hero. While there, I also dropped a bit on the Super Bowl for good measure (‘Zona with the 7 point spread). What the heck right?

Following that, we went back to our hotel to get a quick R&R before the big day ahead. Then it was time! We started by roaming the MGM casino area an hour before the gates were to open. We saw a cool photo opp set up for fight fans, and, after asking a girl to take our photo there, her friends thought it was a good idea to tell her to jump in the photo with us! Um, yeah, thanks!

Dave and I posing with some random girl.
Dave and I posing with some random girl.

At 4:15PM we started to slowly make our way to the gates. The heart started a racin’ and the adrenaline started a pumpin’! I couldn’t believe we were actually there son!

Shuffling in before showtime
Shuffling in before showtime

Here are the results with some personal observations sprinkled in between.

Dan Cramer defeats Matt Arroyo by Split Decision
– I thought Matt Arroyo, The Ultimate Fighter 7 alum, would take this one, but was surprised with Cramer’s perseverance.

Jake O’Brien defeats Christian Wellisch by Split Decision
– Another surprise as I picked Wellisch to come out on top for this one. As you can tell by now, my fantasy UFC picking is pretty horrible. Good to see O’Brien back from his injury and looking strong though.

John Howard defeats Chris Wilson by Split Decision
– This was too close to call, but both men gave it their all.

Thiago Tavares defeats Manny Gamburyan by Unanimous Decision
– Tavares was too big and too strong (and too quick) for Gamburyan, as expected.

Jon Fitch defeats Akihiro Gono by Unanimous Decision
– Gono impressed me by taking Fitch the distance. His entrance performance (where he dressed up in drag with two of his cornermen) had me in stitches!

Akihiro Gono's hilarious drag queen entrance
Akihiro Gono’s hilarious drag queen entrance

Clay Guida defeats Nate Diaz by Split Decision
– Not a huge fan of Diaz, but knew Guida couldn’t finish him. Picked Guida, just based on his energy and spirit. Gotta love someone who is passionate about what they do. Got hooked to his entrance song (Foo Fighter’s “My Hero“).

Karo Parisyan defeats Dong Hyun Kim by Split Decision
– From my vantage point, I thought Kim got robbed on this one. He impressed me. Looking forward to more from him.

Jon Jones defeats Stephan Bonnar by Unanimous Decision
– Woah! Where’d this guy come from? Jones was very unorthodox, but impressive at the same time. Bonnar must’ve been confused with the strikes coming from all ova tha place!

Lyoto Machida defeats Thiago Silva by Knock Out at 4:49 in the 1st round

Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva stare down each other as they get instructions from referee Yves Lavigne
Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva stare down each other as they get instructions from referee Yves Lavigne

– ALAS!!! A finish!!! Machida must’ve heard all of our groans from a card filled with decisions. And he made sure to bring it. Silva was completely out for a good minute or so. It was the first time I jumped out of my seat (other that to use the potty! *grin*). Mahalos Lyoto!

Silva still on the ground after a vicious Machida punch
Silva still on the ground after a vicious Machida punch

Georges St-Pierre defeats BJ Penn by TKO Stoppage at 5:00 in the 4th round


BJ’s Entrance Video

Animation of opening sequence
Animation of opening sequence

– D’oh! What a disappointment. But soooo worth being there in person. I was there when they first met at UFC 58 in March of ’06 so it was inevitable that I be there at this one. Unfortunately, the results didn’t reflect my (and probably most of Hawaii’s) wishes. That’s ok, BJ is still the man in my eyes! He showed great courage by not giving up.

On a side note, was it just me or did BJ not look all there from the very beginning? Even from where I was sitting, I could tell that something was just not right. He didn’t come out with the tenacity and that fire in his eye like he usually does. Something was just off. When I watched it back on my DVR at home, I noticed that his eyes were glassy and puffy and he had a look of stress/worry. Was it mental? Was it physical? Only BJ knows I guess, but the results from the fight seemed to confirm my spidey senses.

Following the fight, the rumors started to fly. My Google Reader started blowin’ up! I heard everything from BJ having a fever, to a stomach flu, to a nervous breakdown. I can’t imagine the pressure of having an entire state (and country) on your shoulders. And I know that BJ has that mental toughness a fighter needs to succeed, but something just wasn’t right.

And then there was the Vaseline(-gate) incident, but we won’t go there.

For you Canadian/GSP fans/readers out there, I’m not making any excuses. GSP followed a perfect game plan and fought a flawless fight, and truly was the better man that night. However, if, indeed, the Vaseline and stomach flu rumors were true, and BJ was able to fight at full strength (mentally and physically) against a fair, Vaseline-less body, I’m absolutely positive that the fight would’ve been A LOT closer than it was. If it turns out that those rumors were false, GSP is undeniably the better man at Welterweight.

Leaving the arena took a ridiculously long time as there was just one exit for all 14,885 of us fans in the Grand Garden Arena (I really hope the folks at MGM do something about this potentially dangerous situation). It did give us some time however, to observe some interesting things like the proud/happy Canadians singing their national anthem aloud and the local mokes trying to call them out fo’ beef. I really wish that that fight broke out to give us some entertainment. Not that I was upset at the Canadians. Heck, they deserved to be proud. I think it was more that my thirst for excitement was not quite quenched, with just two stoppages the whole night.

I got some consolation when I saw Pride fighting legend Takanori Gomi waiting in line for his car outside, and took a picture with him. He seemed intense, but gave me a proper, Japanese bow as I bowed and thanked him with “Arigatou gozaimasu.”

Takanori Gomi and I
Takanori Gomi and I

Wifey also called me later to tell me that my goal of getting on the historic DVD with my cheesy fluorescent green shirt had been fulfilled, albeit the back of our heads. LOL! So it was not all a disappointing night yo. 😛

Dave and I forever a part of UFC 94 history. LOL!
Dave and I forever a part of UFC 94 history. LOL!

We thought about going to the Official UFC afterparty at LAX (http://www.laxthenightclub.com/ ) at the Luxor, but decided to grab a bite instead. We called my high school buddy Jeff (another Hawaii transplant) to see if he and his wife Yvonne wanted to join us, but he instead, invited us over to his house to eat leftovers from their UFC 94 party. ‘Twas nice to see them and just chill after a long night.

The next day was Superbowl Sunday, but with our bets already placed, we said “Superbowl Shmuperbowl” and hit the slopes at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort for a lil’ boardin’.

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort Sign
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort Sign

It was a gorgeous day with decent conditions (mostly smooth with some powder and icey patches), but the best part was that the Blackjack, High Roller, and Keno paths (blue square) and Jacks, Slot Alley and Grandma’s (black diamond) were relatively empty (see trail PDF here). I pretty much had half the mountain to myself! Awwwww yeah!

Empty path... Loves it!
Empty path… Loves it!

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
End of Highway 1506 in Lee Canyon
(702) 385-2754
Lift Hours: 9am to 4pm
Lodge Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm

After a mandatory Trader Joe’s omiyage run following our boarding sesh, and a quick bite to eat at Panda Express (yes, we had the urge!), we got back to our hotel just in time to catch the most exciting 4th quarter in Super Bowl history.

Kurt Warner's look of disgust as his Cardinals allow Pittsburgh to move the ball closer and close to the end zone
Kurt Warner’s look of disgust as his Cardinals allow Pittsburgh to move the ball closer and close to the end zone

All in all, it was a quickie, but exciting 3 days of 3 breathtaking sporting events: MMA, football and snowboarding. The perfect storm of pleasure.

Hilarious Sights from the MMA Weekend

July 28, 2008

OK, so if you’re an MMA fan, you probably already saw the weekend’s action, so I won’t go into it in much detail, but there were a few things I saw that just cracked me up! And I just gotsta know if the following were just as amusing to you as they were to me.

CBS had its second major event on network television on Saturday, which featured the Lawler vs. Smith rematch. The formula was pretty much the same for the event, which included an unpolished (as usual) Frank Shamrock behind the mic, but the more distracting thing about him was his BRACES! Did anyone else crack up with me when they saw that??? I must admit, he is getting a little better at making it seem like he’s not reading the prompter word for word, but the braces and his inability to speak normally just threw everything off for me completely.

In the Jake Shields / Nick “The Goat” Thompson Welterweight title match, Thompson’s repulsive beard made me laugh as well. He really did look like a goat with that thang. A billygoat.

Lastly, though aired the night before, Friday’s edition of Inside MMA cracked me up the hardest so I saved the best for last! Co-host Kenny Rice had a progressively worse sweatfest as the show continued. At the top of the show, he mentioned that the A/C in the Osaka-Jo Hall (the site of this week’s show) had been shut off. In the beginning you could see Kenny and Bas start to glisten with moisture. As the show went on, Bas kept his relative cool, while Kenny kept a’ drippin’. His forehead started to bead, his neck collar started to drench, and at one point, he pulled out his handkerchief and wiped his face mid-question! In the closing segment of the show, they cut back to Kenny and Bas and it looked like he was drained and ready to faint. His hair was drenched, collar undone (with tie removed) and eyes barely open. It looked bad, but I couldn’t help but laugh my butt off. Poor, poor Kenny… I hope he’s ok.

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MMA Television Programming for July 2008

July 1, 2008

MMA Television Programming for Hawaii – July 2008 (All shows are in HST on Oceanic Time Warner Cable):
Info may be updated after original post date so keep checking back. (Updated Monday, July 21, 2008)

  • Fri, July 4 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Sat, July 5 @ 4PM on PPV Channel 0701 or HDPPV Channel 1700 (preshow starts at 3:30PM)
    UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin:
    The world is watching as UFC® Light Heavyweight Champion QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON and perennial fan favorite FORREST GRIFFIN spend 13 weeks as competing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter® reality show. Now, the time comes for these two mixed martial arts masters to go to war. On Saturday, July 5th, Griffin challenges Jackson for the most hotly contested title in the UFC® – the Light Heavyweight Championship. UFC® 86: JACKSON VS. GRIFFIN – Saturday, July 5, live on Pay-Per-View from Las Vegas, NV. [Fight Card]
  • Sun, July 6 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Fri, July 11 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Bas and Kenny are joined by guest panelists, female MMA fighter Kim “Sugar Free” Couture, IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron, and actor and comedian Rob Schneider. We’ll review UFC 86 along with a preview of the top upcoming events, and a look at the week’s best fight highlights from around the globe. Also, Ron Kruck has the latest updates, and breaking news, and Bas goes “Toe-To-Toe” with viewer’s emails.
  • Fri, July 11 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Adrenaline MMA:
    HDNet Fights presents some of the rising stars from the debut Adrenaline MMA show from outside Chicago, Illinois. Included on the card was former undefeated college wrestler Marcus LeVesseur (155-0 at Augsburg College) and EliteXC light heavyweight star Aaron Rosa.
  • Fri, July 11 @ 7PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    DREAM 5 Lightweight Grand Prix Finals Preview:
    Ron Kruck previews the Dream 5 Lightweight Grand Prix Finals. The Dream Lightweight Championship comes down to four fighters: Shinya Aoki, Caol Uno, Eddie Alvarez and Tatsuya Kawajiri. Follow their paths to the finals and find out who will walk away the champion.
  • Sun, July 13 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Thu, July 17 @ 5PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    UFC Silva vs. Irvin Countdown:
    Watch Anderson Silva and James Irvin as they train in their home towns for their clash at The Pearl in Las Vegas on July 19 2008.
  • Fri, July 18 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Fri, July 18 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Best of DREAM 4 Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 2nd Round:
    The best fights from the fourth event from DREAM, a new mixed martial arts promotion from Japan. Featured fights include the last quarterfinal bout from the Lightweight Grand Prix Tournament as Shinya Aoki takes on Katsuhiko Nagata, as well as the entire Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals. Key Middleweight fights include Jason Miller vs. Ronald Souza and Melvin Manhoef vs. Kazushi Sakuraba.
  • Sat, July 19 @ 2PM on Fox Sports Net 0226 or HD Fox Sports Net 1226
    Affliction Banned Undercard:
    Featuring the U.S. debut of 13-3 Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of Fedor Emelianenko, vs. 23-10 Paul Buentello, and 16-8 Vitor Belfort vs. 16-4 Terry Martin.
  • Sat, July 19 @ 3PM on PPV Channel 0701 or HDPPV Channel 1700 (preshow starts at 2:30PM)
    Affliction: Banned:
    Includes Fedor vs. Sylvia, Barnett vs. Rizzo, Rothwell vs. Arlovski, Linland vs. Negao, Whitehead vs. Babalu. [Fight Card]
  • Sat, July 19 @ 3PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin:
    Card includes Brandon Vera vs. Reese Andy, Hermes Franca vs. Frankie Edgar, Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns, etc. [Fight Card]
  • Sun, July 20 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Sun, July 20 @ 8PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    DREAM 5:
    The DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix Tournament comes to a conclusion when the Semifinals and Finals happen on the same night! American rising star Eddie Alvarez takes on perennial Top 10 fighter Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri in one semifinal. Alvarez has surprised some in the MMA world with his impressive performances in the first 2 rounds, including winning a fight of the year candidate vs. top fighter Joachim Hansen. In the other semifinal, submission specialist Shinya Aoki takes on fan-favorite Caol Uno. The winners will fight later that same night to determine the champion! Also on the card, one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, makes his MMA debut against American Joseph Benavidez, as well as bouts from other top MMA fighters. Don’t miss DREAM 5 as the Lightweight Tournament reaches an exciting conclusion! [Fight Card]
  • Fri, July 25 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Fri, July 25 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Maximum Fighting Championship – Hostile Takeover:
    Champion Ryan Ford has made a habit out of winning Main Events on HDNet and challenger Joe Jordan hopes to break that habit when the two clash for the MFC Welterweight belt LIVE on HDNet! The undefeated Ford has graced two MFC Main Events and the outcome was the same in both, a victory for Ford by rear naked choke. Joe Jordan will take over six years of fight experience into the ring in an effort to hand Ford the first defeat of his career. While Ford has just started to build his reputation, Jordan has fought some of the most respected names in MMA such as Roger Huerta and Clay Guida. Well-traveled veterans Jason Maxwell and Donald Sanchez also highlight a card that will have the crowd at the River Cree Resort and Casino leaping out of their seats.
  • Sat, July 26 @ 2PM on Showtime Channel 0633 or HD Showtime Channel 1633
    CBS EliteXC: Unfinished Business:
    Lawler vs. Smith II Lead-In Fights
  • Sat, July 26 @ 3PM on KGMB Channel 0007 or HD KGMB Channel 1007
    CBS EliteXC: Unfinished Business:
    Lawler vs. Smith II Main Event including, Nick Diaz vs. Thomas Denny, Jake Shields vs. Nick Thompson, Antonio Silva vs. TBD.
  • Sat, July 26 @ 3PM on Spike TV Channel 0559
    UFC 84: Penn vs. Sherk Replay:
    The fight game can get very personal and the war of words between UFC® Lightweight Champion “THE PRODIGY” BJ PENN and former champ SEAN “THE MUSCLE SHARK” SHERK has taken personal to a whole new level. The talking stops and the real competition begins as these two men step into the Octagon™ to determine the undisputed king of the 155-lb. division. Plus, the controversial “HUNTINGTON BEACH BAD BOY” TITO ORTIZ faces undefeated Karate master LYOTO “THE DRAGON” MACHIDA. [Fight Card]
  • Fri, July 25 @ TBA on HDNET Channel 1355
    Maximum Fighting Championship 17: Hostile Takeover:
    TBA
  • Sun, July 27 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Wed, July 30 @ TBA on Versus Channel 0210 or HDGOLF Channel 1216
    TapouT (Season 2 Premiere):
    On this episode of TapouT we follow the TapouT crew as they travel to San Luis Obispo, CA where the guys head back to The PIT to see one of John Hackleman’s up-and-coming MMA fighter; Scott Lighty. During the episode we follow Scott outside of the gym where we meet his best friend, training partner, and hetero-life-partner Brazilian Glover Teixeira. Through their adventures, TapouT quickly realizes the potential Glover has and decide to sponsor both Scott and Glover who are fighting on the same card at the Palace Fighting Championship 6 in Lemoore, CA. Special Guest appearance by Chuck Liddell who is both Scott and Glover’s trainer and also corners each of them during their fights.
  • Thu, July 31 @ TBA on Versus Channel 0210 or HDGOLF Channel 1216
    The Contender Muay Thai:
    Prepare to watch the fight that is known as “The Science of Eight Limbs.” These fights feature punches, kicks, elbows, knees and head-butts to wear down and knock out their opponent.

Ongoing/repeat shows include UFC Unleashed (UFC) on SpikeTV (0559), Various Specials on HDNet Fights (1355), World Extreme Cagefighting and WEC Wreckage (WEC) on Versus (0210) or HGOLF (1216), TapouT on Versus (0210) or HGOLF (1216), UFC Wired (UFC) on KFVE (0005), Strikefoce on NBC on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL 1008, and ICON Sport TV on KFVE (0005). See also: Sherdog.com., Yahoo! Sports, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, MMA Weekly, MMA Mania.

If I missed anything, send it on over and I’ll add it to the list. Thanks!

MMA Television Programming for June 2008

June 1, 2008

MMA Television Programming for Hawaii – June 2008 (All shows are in HST on Oceanic Time Warner Cable):
Info may be updated after original post date so keep checking back.

  • Sun, June 1 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Sun, June 1 @ 3PM on Versus Channel 0210 or HDGolf Channel 1216
    WEC (Faber vs. Pulver):
    Former UFC Lightweight Champion, Jens “Lil Evil” Pulver returns to 145 pounds, a weight at which he has never been beaten, as he looks to defend his legacy against the #1-ranked featherweight in the world – WEC Champion “The California Kid,” Urijah Faber. A win for Pulver secures his spot in MMA history. A win for Faber takes him one step closer to becoming the greatest featherweight fighter ever. [Fight Card]
  • Mon, June 2 @ 8PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    UFC 85 Countdown: Hughes vs Alves:
    Go behind the scenes as the fighters prepare for their bouts. See how they train, eat and live in their home towns.
  • Wed, June 4 @ 7PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter:
    The training and development of professional Ultimate Fighters.
  • Wed, June 4 @ 11:35PM on KITV Channel 0006 or HD KITV 1006
    “Rampage” on The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show:
    Quinton “Rampage” Jackson makes an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show.
  • Fri, June 6 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Fri, June 6 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Best of DREAM 2:
    The best fights from the second event from DREAM, a new mixed martial arts promotion from Japan. Featured fights include a rematch of the Gesias Calvancanti vs. Shinya Aoki fight from the first round of the Lightweight Grand Prix tournament, as well as the opening round of the 16-man Middleweight Grand Prix tournament. The Middleweight first round is highlighted by a match-up of Top 10 fighter Denis Kang vs. rising star Gegard Mousasi, plus fights from other top Middleweights Ronaldo Souza and MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba.
  • Sat, June 7 @ 9AM on PPV Channel 0701 or HDPPV Channel 1700 (preshow starts at 8:30AM)
    UFC 85 BEDLAM: Hughes vs. Alves:
    Former two-time UFC® welterweight champion MATT HUGHES begins his run for an unprecedented third title against a young gun eager to take his place near the top of the 170-pound ladder in Brazilian slugger THIAGO “PITBULL” ALVES. Plus, exciting bouts featuring Michael “The Count” Bisping, Brandon “The Truth” Vera, Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum, Mike “Quick” Swick, and Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis. [Fight Card]
  • Sat, June 7 @ 1PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    DREAM 4 Preview:
    Ron Kruck previews the Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal match-ups scheduled for DREAM 4. Fighters on the June 15th card include Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Gegard Mousasi, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba.
  • Sun, June 8 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Wed, June 11 @ 6PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    UFC Unleashed:
    The best fights in the Octagon: UFC Unleashed is a themed hour of the best fights, legendary fighters and previews of upcoming battles.
  • Wed, June 11 @ 7PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter:
    The training and development of professional Ultimate Fighters.
  • Fri, June 13 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Fri, June 13 @ 4:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Best of DREAM 3:
    The best fights from the third event from DREAM, a new mixed martial arts promotion from Japan. Featured fights include the final match-up from the Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament first round as Jason Miller takes on Katsuyori Shibata, Nick Diaz and Melvin Manhoef making their DREAM debuts, as well as the three Quarterfinal fights from the Lightweight Grand Prix Tournament. The Lightweight Quarters are highlighted by a fight of the year candidate in Joachim Hansen vs. Eddie Alvarez.
  • Fri, June 13 @ 6PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Strikeforce All Access:
    An all-access look at Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson as they prepare for their fight for the Strikeforce Lightweight title June 27th on HDNet. Cameras follow both fighters as they train for the biggest night of their career.
  • Sat, June 14 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Adrenaline MMA:
    Adrenaline MMA premieres on HDNet and the LIVE action will make your heart race! Jeff Monson, one of the top submission grapplers in the world, will square off against Mike Russow, who was last seen on HDNet after a submission victory at HDNet Fights Presents: Fedor Returns.
  • Sat, June 14 @ TBAPM on Showtime Channel 0633 or HD Showtime Channel 1633
    EliteXC Lightweight World Championship: Noons vs Edwards:
    KJ Noons vs. Yves Edwards, Jake Shields vs. TBA, Rafael Feijao vs. Wayne Cole, Nick Diaz vs. Muhsin Corbbrey. [Fight Card]
  • Sat, June 14 @ 10PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    DREAM 4:
    See the second round of the DREAM Middleweight tournament LIVE on HDNet! Jason “Mayhem” Miller entertains the crowd with his colorful antics and a fight with rising star Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba squares off against Melvin Manhoef. Shinya Aoki battles Katsuhiko Nagata in a Lightweight tournament match. [Fight Card]
  • Sun, June 15 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Wed, June 18 @ 6PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    UFC Unleashed:
    The best fights in the Octagon: UFC Unleashed is a themed hour of the best fights, legendary fighters and previews of upcoming battles.
  • Wed, June 18 @ 7PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter:
    The training and development of professional Ultimate Fighters.
  • Fri, June 20 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Mon, June 20 @ TBAPM on HDNET Channel 1355
    HDNet Fights Presents: SportFight XXIII: Heated Rivals:
    TBA.
  • Mon, June 20 on Oceanic PPV (TBD)
    King Of The Cage: Twisted Metal:
    King of the Cage returns to the San Manuel Casino in San Bernardino, California with its one hour special, “Twisted Metal”. Welterweight World Champion, Aaron Wetherspoon returns to the cage and defends his title once again against John Mahlow. Watch Paul Arrs put his undefeated record of 4-0 on the line against Reggie Orr. Also, witness the exciting slams of Rick Legere against Gabe Lara. Along with five other matches, this show promises to be a fight lover’s dream. Which one will reign? Which one will be the one left standing? Who will be the King of the Cage? Order on Events iN DEMAND Pay-Per-View.
  • Sat, June 21 @ 3PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Tanner vs. Grove:
    Evan Tanner vs. Kendall Grove, Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti, Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens, Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett, Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries, Jeremy Horn vs. Dean Lister. [Fight Card]
  • Sun, June 22 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Fri, June 27 @ 3:30PM on HDNET Channel 1355
    Inside MMA:
    Inside MMA is your opportunity to step inside the world of mixed martial arts and find out what it takes to be a champion. Hosts Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice provide all the latest news and highlights, along with features, analysis, and rankings.
  • Mon, June 27 @ TBAPM on HDNET Channel 1355 (or KHNL 0008 or HD KHNL 1008?)
    HDNet Fights Presents: Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson:
    Following a year of anticipation, Strikeforce World Lightweight (155 lb. limit) Champion, Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (14-1), will put his coveted title on the line against number one contender and Bay Area arch-rival, Josh “The Punk” Thomson (14-2), in the main event of a Strikeforce mixed martial arts mega-card at San Jose’s HP Pavilion on Friday, June 27th.
  • Sun, June 29 @ 3:30AM on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL Channel 1008
    Strikeforce on NBC:
    Strikeforce on NBC brings you face-to-face with some of the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the nation, every Saturday night! From top professional competitors and champions to the up-and-coming challengers, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the world’s most extreme sport. Experience the adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding action that comes with each round in the cage – this is a series that will put MMA fans on the edge of their seats!
  • Sun, June 29 @ 6PM on SpikeTV Channel 0559
    Countdown to UFC 86 Jackson vs. Griffin:
    Now that latest Ultimate Fighter® series has determined a winner, it’s time for the coaches to get ready for their own test of skills. Go behind-the-scenes with defending UFC® Light Heavyweight title holder Rampage Jackson and Forrest Griffin as they train in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, respectively.

Ongoing/repeat shows include UFC Unleashed (UFC) on SpikeTV (0559), Various Specials on HDNet Fights (1355), World Extreme Cagefighting and WEC Wreckage (WEC) on Versus (0210) or HGOLF (1216), TapouT on Versus (0210) or HGOLF (1216), UFC Wired (UFC) on KFVE (0005), Strikefoce on NBC on KHNL Channel 0008 or HDKHNL 1008, and ICON Sport TV on KFVE (0005).

If I missed anything, send it on over and I’ll add it to the list. Thanks!