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DALLAS (February 17, 2011) The MMA world is still buzzing over the opening round of the “Strikeforce™ World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament.” Antonio Silva and Sergei Kharitonov advanced to the semi-finals, but the story of the night was the upset of Fedor Emelianenko. Tomorrow night’s “Inside MMA” has complete highlights of the event plus post-fight interviews with Ron Kruck.
Emelianenko has lost his last two fights in decisive fashion and speculation about his retirement is rampant. MMA legends Frank Shamrock and Bas Rutten break down the fight and offer their thoughts on Fedor’s future in the sport. Would a move to Light Heavyweight be in the best interest of “The Last Emperor?”
Also on the program, actor Holt McCallany talks about his new FX series “Lights Out.” McCallany plays the role of former boxing champion James “Lights” Leary. A recent plot twist found “Lights” in the cage for a no holds barred fight with Inside MMA’s own “El Guapo.” Bas and Holt will break down the fight and talk about boxing vs. MMA.
Finally, Antonio McKee and Drew Fickett stop by on the cusp of their showdown at MFC 28, which will be broadcast LIVE on HDNet next Friday night, February 25. We get the inside scoop on the MFC Lightweight Title bout and find out why Fickett buried the hatchet with MFC President Mark Pavelich after an infamous feud.
“Inside MMA” airs every Friday on HDNet at 9:00 p.m. ET.
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