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|Genre||Mixed Martial Arts|
|Starring||Bas Rutten, Kenny Rice|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|Running time||approx. 59 min.|
|Original channel||AXS TV|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original run||September 14, 2007 – present|
Inside MMA is a Mixed Martial Arts themed talk show on Mark Cuban's AXS TV television network. The show includes a combination of talk, highlights, analysis from major MMA organisations such as the UFC, Bellator, and the World Series of Fighting. Since its inception in 2007, Inside MMA has pioneered mixed martial arts coverage on AXS TV Fights.
Award winning sports reporter, Kenny Rice, co-hosts with former UFC heavyweight champion and King of Pancrase, Bas Rutten, as they welcome the biggest personalities in MMA. The humor and enthusiasm of Rutten and his years of experience as a premiere fighter and coach compliment Rice and his hard-nosed journalistic style that doesn’t shy from the many controversies that surround the sport.
The show attracts the leading experts in the sport of MMA, the athletes. Fighters such as UFC champions Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Georges St-Pierre spend an hour each week with Rice and Rutten to give viewers a glimpse into their lives as top tier athletes. Renowned trainers, journalists, entertainers and executives also help Rutten and Rice break down the most important topics, biggest fights and best highlights in the game.
Reporter Ron Kruck heads up a news crew that reports on all stories big and small. Kruck regularly contributes features on topics ranging from judging to refereeing, concussions to steroids, as well as reporting from all of MMA's biggest events.
Inside MMA brings viewers fight highlights from all corners of the globe, from promotions in Europe, Asia and North America. Inside MMA has more MMA highlights from more MMA organizations than any other program on television. The show features clips from such promotions as UFC, BAMMA, DREAM, Legacy Fighting Championships, XFC, Resurrection Fighting Alliance, LION Fight, Maximum Fighting Championship, and Championship Fighting Alliance.
Currently airing live every Friday night, the weekly show integrates a range of social media. Incorporating live Facebook and Twitter questions from viewers into the show. Highlights from the show are available on social media. In addition the program produces online fights from regional promotions, and Fights of the Week from AXS TV Fights filmed events.
Ben Askren controversy
On September 5th, 2014, during an episode of Inside MMA co-host Kenny Rice interrupted fighter Ben Askren mid interview, after Askren criticised the UFC for being a 'monopoly', prompting AXS TV Fights CEO Andrew Simon to issue an apology to Askren via twitter.