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AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” Spotlights Phil “CM Punk” Brooks Ahead of His UFC 203 Bout

We were sent the following from AXS TV, spotlighting two features of their weekly “Inside MMA” television show.  The first is an interview they conducted with former WWE Champion CM Punk (a/k/a Phil Brooks) as he gets ready for his UFC 203 bout with Mickey Gall.  The second is a roundtable discussion with MMA officials Herb Dean and John McCarthy, where they discuss rules, being criticized by fans and fighters, and more.

Check your local listings for the time and AXS channel in your area where “Inside MMA” airs.


Plus, MMA Referees Herb Dean and John McCarthy Discuss Their Love for the Sport and Four Titles are Decided on ‘AXS TV FIGHTS: LION FIGHT 31’

Los Angeles – Sept. 2, 2016 – A week ahead of former WWE Champion Phil “CM Punk” Brooks’ MMA and UFC debut, INSIDE MMA correspondent Ron Kruck sat down with him at his gym, Roufusport, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The full feature is available here, detailing Brooks’ challenging transition from pro wrestling to MMA, having little athletic background, with additional input from training partner former UFC champion Anthony Pettis and coach Duke Roufus.

Also on tonight’s show, INSIDE MMA series hosts Mauro Ranallo and Bas Rutten sat down with MMA referees Herb Dean and John McCarthy for a special, roundtable discussion about the third man in the cage. In this fascinating conversation, Dean and McCarthy discuss how their love of MMA led them to referee; how they handle criticism from both fans and fighters, such as UFC stars Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier; and what the new changes to Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts mean for the evolution of MMA.

About Bill Wentz (1557 Articles)'s Senior Columnist, writing with the site since 2009 and a lifelong wrestling fan dating all the way back to the early Wrestlemania years. As a strongly opinionated fan, you can get my thoughts regularly on Ring Rap Audio and Around the Ring on Thursdays, as well as in "Wentz's Blog" in print. Look for my live show reports as well for MMA, WWE, ROH, and more. Outside of wrestling, I have a strong obsession with trucks, winning awards statewide with a truck dubbed the "Brahma Bull Edition." Interact with me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or by email at

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