LOS ANGELES – May 14, 2014 – AXS TV FIGHTS’ interview series THE VOICE VERSUS premieres two all-new episodes airing back-to-back on Friday, May 16 as host “The Voice” Michael Schiavello-an award-winning sports journalist, writer, commentator and television personality-conducts hour-long, in-depth interviews with UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie at 10pE/7pP and martial arts legend and inspiration for the film “Bloodsport” Frank Dux at 11pE/8pP.
On THE VOICE VERSUS: ROYCE GRACIE airing first at 10pE/7pP, Gracie brings his unique, first-hand perspective as he responds to Schiavello’s adept questioning about the beginnings of the UFC and mixed martial arts’ evolution as a sport. Additionally, Gracie tells a blend of fascinating stories from his experiences with celebrities such as Chuck Norris and Jim Carrey, remembers the lessons of his father Helio Gracie, and lends insightful analysis to the state of MMA today. In this clip, Gracie reflects on his opponent Gerard Gordeau biting him during their famous showdown at UFC 1: bit.ly/1jpLEPm
Then, immediately after on THE VOICE VERSUS: FRANK DUX at 11pE/8pP, Schiavello sits down for an hour-long interview with Dux, who has been called the most controversial martial arts exponent in history. In this not-to-be-missed episode, Dux, who boasts an undefeated career fight record of 329-0, opens up about subjects ranging from the realities of his journey into the underground martial arts “Kumite” competition, which inspired the action blockbuster “Bloodsport” starring Jean Claude Van Damme, to his off-the-books international espionage work for the CIA.
During the revealing interview, Dux talks about how he prevented a “hit” on fellow martial artist Steven Seagal, details his infamous brawl with UFC fighter Zane Frazier, and more, along with discussing his significant influence on modern MMA. In this clip, Dux talks about inventing the famous “liver shot” and tells how the UFC was created for him: bit.ly/1g46h99
“This interview is amazing from start to finish,” said Schiavello. “Dux is a legendary figure in martial arts. To many he is a fraud and to many he is an inspiration. I will let the viewers on Friday night play judge and jury. Was he really faster than Bruce Lee? Did he really win the Kumite at just 19 years of age? Did he actually train the Ukrainian Special Forces? Is he still involved in covert operations?”
ABOUT THE VOICE VERSUS
Hosted by AXS TV Fights commentator “The Voice” Michael Schiavello, THE VOICE VERSUS is a one-hour interview show featuring some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. Launched in 2010, the show has featured guests such as Hulk Hogan, Steven Seagal, Dana White and Joe Rogan. With one of the most widely recognized voices in sports, Schiavello combines his unique sense of humor with in-depth questioning as he conducts some of the most compelling interviews on television.
ABOUT AXS TV FIGHTS
AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with 40+ LIVE world-class fight cards each year. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world champion Pat Miletich call all the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 10pE/7pP. AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebook and on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also carried in Canada and the Caribbean.
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