Jamie Varner says Donald Cerrone “doesn’t deserve” to fight him – tonight on HDNet’s “Inside MMA”

Former WEC Lightweight Champion Varner says he’ll KO Cerrone on September 30, TONIGHT on HDNet, Friday, July 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET WHAT: On tonight’s “Inside MMA,” Jamie Varner joins the panel to discuss his long awaited re-match with Donald Cerrone at WEC 51 on September 30, 2010. The former champion didn’t mince words, predicting … Read more

“Inside MMA” goes LIVE this weekend from the University of Iowa

Bas and Kenny travel to Iowa City this Friday, January 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET

DALLAS (January 14, 2010) – This Friday, HDNet’s “Inside MMA” is live from Iowa City, home of the Iowa Hawkeyes, to preview one of the biggest NCAA wrestling duals of the year between two college powerhouses – the #1 ranked University of Iowa and #3 Oklahoma State.

HDNet has also arranged an hour-long “meet and greet” with Kenny Rice, Bas Rutten and Guy Mezger. Fans can meet the stars of “Inside MMA” from 6:00 to 7:00 pm CT on Friday, January 15 at the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame building, located at 2425 Prairie Meadow Drive in Iowa City.

The “Inside MMA” roundtable for Friday night will feature Dan Gable, former Iowa Wrestling Coach and National Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee, former UFC Champion Pat Miletich, Scott Casber, of TakedownRadio.com; and HDNet Fights President, Guy Mezger.

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HDNet’s MFC voice is tops among mixed martial arts broadcasters

Photo: HDNet - Kenny Rice

The Maximum Fighting Championship has always believed in surrounding itself with the best when it comes to fighters, staff, production, and so much more.

So it should come as no surprise that the MFC feels it has the best when it comes to play-by-play announcers. Kenny Rice, the man at the mic for MFC’s broadcasts on HDNet Fights, is unquestionably the top dog when it comes to calling the intense in-ring action. Rice is a master of letting the scene play out in front of him, allowing the fighters to tell the story, and picking the right spot to make his own statement on what is front and centre on camera.

It’s not an easy task being a sports broadcaster, especially in mixed martial arts, but Rice has accepted the challenge and thrived on the opportunity.

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Mann Talk – Mezger and must decisions

*face palm
*face palm

Guy Mezger, if you are out there listen up! This past Saturday, while Fast Eddie and Matt DLR were out living it up with Luke Rockhold, I was sitting in my dank apartment watching Sengoku 11th battle. It wasn’t that bad; I drank about five Red Bulls and went to bed at 6:30 a.m. even though I had class less than three hours later.

However, let’s put my ability to live without sleep aside for a second. Something needs to be done about the Sengoku judging system, and someone needs to explain to Mezger what the judging system actually is.

Unlike the way Pride FC did and Dream does score fights, Sengoku DOES use the 10-point-must system. I was going to count the number of times Mezger said they did not, but that would mean I would actually have to listen to the commentary.

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Little Nog vs. Luiz Cane to round off UFC 106 main card

The Nogueira brothers are among MMA's most successful siblings.

The “UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2” main card is now a bit more interesting with the addition of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Luiz Cane. This light heavyweight match up adds some much needed depth to the pay-per-view portion of UFC 106, which airs live from Las Vegas on Nov. 21. The UFC has officially announced the long-rumored fight between the two Brazilians.

Antonio Rogerio “Minotoro” Nogueira, or Little Nog as he is known by die-hard MMA fans, is the twin brother of former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira.

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HDNet renews broadcast agreement with Maximum Fighting

Guy Mezger, Mark Pavelich, and Mark Cuban
Guy Mezger, Mark Pavelich, and Mark Cuban

HDNet will continue to showcase the premiere MMA promotion in Canada to millions of fans in North America,” announced Andrew Simon, the CEO of HDNet Fights. HDNet and Maximum Fighting Championship have extended their agreement to continue broadcasting MFC events exclusively on HDNet into 2010.

HDNet is the “Home of MMA” and having the MFC on its roster enables the broadcaster “to continue to provide more MMA content than any network in the world,” claimed Andrew Simon. The MFC/HDNet partnership began in early 2008 and has proven to be mutually beneficial to both companies. “HDNet works closely with MFC to put on events that local fans will want to buy tickets to and HDNet customers will not want to miss,” the HDNet Fights’ CEO continued.

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XFC 8: REGIONAL CONFLICT photo gallery

PRO MMA (promma.info) was on hand at “XFC 8: Regional Conflict” Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on the University of Tennessee Campus. This was the XFC’s second trip to Knoxville and the fans will surely be waiting for the promotion’s promised return.

From the main card opening bout’s highly entertaining heavyweight antics of Johnathan Ivey vs. Christopher Barnett to the technicality of the main event Featherweight Title fight between Jarrod Card vs. Bruce Connors, viewers at home were treated to Xtreme Fighting Championships’ debut on HDNet. In addition to the six fights broadcast on TV, those in attendance were also treated to three undercard fights.

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