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Friday, August 27, 2010

HDNet's 'Inside MMA' Breaks Down UFC 118 With Toney, Couture, And Edgar; Plus A Replay Of What Could Be The Fight Of The Year

Couture and Toney trade verbal jabs; Edgar says he's still the underdog; Santiago vs. Misaski - TONIGHT, Friday, August 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET on HDNet

DALLAS, Aug. 27 -- The showdown between MMA and boxing is finally here as James Toney and Randy Couture are ready to enter the octagon, but not before one final round of verbal sparring on HDNet's "Inside MMA," TONIGHT at 9:00 p.m. ET on HDNet.

Both fighters talk about the historic matchup of a boxing champion and a UFC legend, as the raw, unfiltered James Toney tells Kenny Rice in an exclusive interview "ain't no MMA guy ever taken an ass whopping'" and encourages Couture to not "fight like a girl." A cool Couture laughs at the trash talk and plans to teach Toney about the all-around fight game saying, "he underestimates the ground game."

Frankie Edgar joins the panel via satellite from Boston as he prepares for his rematch with BJ Penn. Even though he's the champion, Edgar says he doesn't feel any different four months into his reign. "I'm still the underdog," says Edgar but "my quickness is still a strength."

A preview clip with comments from Toney, Couture, and Edgar is available at: http://www.hd.net/insidemma.html

Plus, UFC Welterweight Mike Swick and Sherdog's Greg Savage join Kenny and Bas on the panel, and in the news, Jon Jones tells Ron Kruck when he is going to fight for the UFC Light Heavyweight title and its stop number one on the Inside America's Gyms tour...Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.

Immediately following "Inside MMA" at 10:00 p.m. ET will be the primetime debut of "HDNet Fights: Sengoku Raiden Championship 14." In the main event, Kazuo Misaki challenges Jorge Santiago for the SRC Middleweight Title. The back and forth, five round battle is being hailed by journalists and fans as a candidate for the fight of the year.

"Forget Sonnen-Silva or Jung-Garcia, it is Santiago-Misaki that will go down as the fight of 2010 and ranks up there alongside Gomi-Diaz and Nogueira-Cro Cop as one of the greatest MMA fights of all time," said HDNet Fights commentator Michael Schiavello who called the fight live from Tokyo with former UFC star Frank Trigg. "It had everything an epic MMA fight should have: knockdowns from the stand up, near match-ending ground and pound, crazy submissions and escapes, an energized and vocal crowd and drama from the start to the controversial finish that will leave you speechless."

Don't miss a minute of TONIGHT'S full slate of MMA action - only on HDNet!

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Source: HDNet