DALLAS (January 21, 2011) Tonight’s all-star panel on “Inside MMA” features Josh Barnett, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, and Stefan Struve – and is just part of five hours of original MMA programming on HDNet – your home for MMA.
Barnett has been a newsmaker lately thanks to his inclusion in the Strikeforce Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament and his licensing issues with the California State Athletic Commission following a positive drug test. The CSAC is set to rule on Barnett’s application at its next meeting, but the “Baby Faced Assassin” has no plans to attend.
“I don’t care where I fight, I really don’t,” Barnett tells Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten. “I don’t care who I fight, I don’t care where I fight.”
“There’s 49 other states, there’s a gazillion different countries in the world,” Barnett said. “You know what, if every country in the world outlawed MMA, I’d still be fighting. I don’t need anybody to tell me to do it or give me permission, I just want to fight.”
WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis joins the panel fresh off his victory over Benson Henderson at WEC 53. The win earned Pettis a shot at the UFC Lightweight Champion, but it was his highlight reel, cage-walking kick that captured the headlines. Ron Kruck visits the Roufusport Gym in Milwaukee to discover the origins of the showtime kick and Pettis tells Kenny and Bas why he’s not waiting around for his title shot.
Rounding out the panel is UFC Heavyweight Stefan Struve, winner of five of his last six fights. Struve steps in the cage with Bas and Barnett to breakdown his upcoming fight with Travis Brown at UFC 130.
Plus, Mike Straka reports on the UFC’s MSG press conference and the panel discusses the push for MMA in New York.
The MMA action gets underway on HDNet at 8:00 p.m. ET with “HDNet Fights Vault” featuring Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson.
At 8:30 p.m. ET UFC Middleweight Brian Stann is the guest on “Fighting Words with Mike Straka,” where the former Marine talks about his service in the Middle East and his public court martial.
Then, “Inside MMA” debuts at 9:00 p.m. ET and is immediately followed by the premiere of “HDNet Fights: World Victory Road- Soul of Fight Part 2” at 10:00 p.m.ET. The event features Mamed Khalidov, Dave Herman, and Kazunori Yokota.
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