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, Wis., which aired Friday, Sept. 2 on AXS TV.
The full feature is available below, 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.
INSIDE MMA series hosts Mauro Ranallo and Bas Rutten spoke 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.
Earlier in the evening, AXS TV FIGHTS: LION FIGHT 31 featured four Muay Thai title fights, headlined by Jorina Baars (41-0-3), who handed Angela Whitley (14-1) her first loss to retain her welterweight title.
Also fighting for titles, Antonina Schevchenko (38-1), sister of UFC fighter Valentina Schevchenko, defeated challenger Paola Cappucci (46-10-2) for the lightweight belt; Tum Sityodtong (89-6-6) took out formerly undefeated Gaston Bolanos (8-1) for the super lightweight title; and Iman Barlow (84-5-3) claimed the super bantamweight championship over Jeri Sitzes (33-13-1).
Full highlights from the night are available with commentary from Pat Miletich and “The Voice” Michael Schiavello.
Official results for Lion Fight 31:
Main Event – Welterweight Title Fight – Jorina Baars (41-0-3) defeated Angela Whitley (14-1) by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45).
Co-Main Event – Super Lightweight Title Fight – Tum Sityodtong (89-6-6) scored a unanimous decision over Gaston Bolanos (8-1) (48-45, 48-45, 49-44).
Super Bantamweight Title Fight – Iman Barlow (84-5-3) beat Jeri Sitzes (33-13-1) with a unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45).
Lightweight Title – Antonina Shevchenko (38-1) defeated Paola Cappucci (46-10-2) via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45).
Cruiserweight Fight – Brett Hlavacek (17-3) defeated Brad Mountain (3-4) by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45).
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