HDNet Brings MMA Fans Five Full Hours of Action and Analysis Tomorrow Night, Friday, October 22

Network's packed line-up includes 'UFC Primetime: Lesnar vs. Velasquez,' 'Fighting Words with Mike Straka,' 'Inside MMA,' and 'K-1 MAX'

It All Starts Tomorrow, Friday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET on HDNet

Oct 21, 2010, 15:47 ET from HDNet

DALLAS, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Brock Lesnar is set to meet Cain Velasquez in the most anticipated heavyweight title fight in the history of MMA, but before the fists fly at UFC 121 on Saturday night, tune in to HDNet Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET for a stacked lineup of MMA action and analysis leading up to the big fight.

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HDNet's MMA extravaganza kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET with the HDNet premiere of Episode 3 of "UFC Primetime: Lesnar vs. Velasquez." "UFC Primetime" will take viewers behind-the-scenes for all the final preparations for Lesnar vs. Velasquez.  

"Fighting Words with Mike Straka" follows at 8:30 p.m. ET.  This week Mike is joined by former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Cung Le who discusses his career, his future, and what motivates him to fight.

Then, at 9:00 p.m. ET, "Inside MMA," breaks down the week that was and previews Lesnar vs. Velasquez.  Kenny and Bas are joined by Gegard Mousasi, Renato "Babalu" Sobral, and Tom Lawlor.  Lawlor, in our studio just hours before his fight at UFC 121, knows the pressure is on for a victory, otherwise, in his own words, he "can probably kiss this job goodbye."  Ron Kruck travels to the Tapout Research and Development Center in Las Vegas and our "Inside MMA" cameras were on hand for all the excitement of the EA Sports MMA launch event.

The night concludes with the highly anticipated premiere of the "K-1 World MAX 2010: 70kg Final 16" at 10:00 p.m. ET. The event features the must-see showdown being hailed as the "fight of the year" when Chahid takes on Mike Zambidis.  Plus Gago Drago vs. Su Hwan Lee, Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Vitaly Hurkou, Michal Glogowski vs. Sagadpet, and Artur Kyshenko vs. Mohammed Khamal in other Final 16 action.

Don't miss a single minute of our full night of MMA action - beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET, THIS FRIDAY on HDNet!

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HDNet is the exclusive, high definition home for popular, original programming, including television's only HD news feature programs "HDNet World Report," and the Emmy Award winning "Dan Rather Reports," featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather.  Only HDNet goes beyond the headlines to deliver real news that is redefining the way we look at our world.  HDNet News is provocative, sometimes controversial and always relevant - telling the important stories of our time in-depth, with attitude and with independence. HDNet is also the exclusive high definition home to critically acclaimed and award winning documentaries as part of the InFocus series.  "NASA on HDNet" presents all live shuttle launches through 2010. 

HDNet presents championship sports coverage featuring the best of Mixed Martial Arts with its Friday night series, "HDNet Fights" (www.hdnetfights.com).  "HDNet Fights" works with leading MMA promoters including DREAM, Sengoku, King of the Cage, XFC, K-1, K-1 MAX, MFC and more.  HDNet produces more live Mixed Martial Arts events than any other network and HDNet's "Inside MMA" is the hottest Mixed Martial Arts program on television, giving MMA fans their weekly fix for everything MMA, while "Fighting Words with Mike Straka," goes one-on-one with some of the biggest names in the sport. HDNet also features live coverage of regular season games from the second season of the United Football League.

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In addition to being the exclusive home of Sneak Previews, HDNet Movies viewers enjoy the best films from the classics of the 1950s-1970s, to favorite films from the 1980s and 1990s, to recently released theatrical films.

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