Inside MMA

Inside MMA was a live mixed martial arts news magazine, which aired on AXS TV, immediately following the network's live AXS TV Fights broadcasts. Hosted by Mauro Ranallo and UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten, the series provided an in-depth look at the world of MMA, with live breakdowns, talk, highlights, and analysis from major MMA organizations such as the UFC, Bellator, and the World Series of Fighting. Inside MMA debuted on AXS TV, then known as HDNET, in September 2007, and was the longest-running MMA news show on television.[1]

Inside MMA
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GenreMixed martial arts news
StarringBas Rutten, Mauro Ranallo, Ron Kruck and Kenny Rice
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons10
Running timeapprox. 60 min.
Original networkAXS TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 14, 2007 –
September 30, 2016
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Inside MMA was hosted by combat sports personality Mauro Ranallo and UFC Hall of Famer, former UFC heavyweight champion, and King of Pancrase Bas Rutten,[2] along with correspondent Ron Kruck. Kruck also filled in as co-host on occasion.[3]

For the first nine seasons, sports commentator Kenny Rice hosted the series alongside Rutten.[4]


Inside MMA aired immediately following AXS TV Fights broadcasts. Each show began with highlights and analysis of the night's event with AXS TV Fights commentators UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich and "The Voice" Michael Schiavello.[5] Hosts Ranallo and Rutten also provided highlights from MMA and other combat sport events from around the world, featuring promotions such as UFC, Bellator, World Series of Fighting, and One FC, as well as many other regional MMA promotions.[6] Each episode also included a viewer submission segment, featuring highlights submitted by Inside MMA viewers.[7]

Correspondent Ron Kruck provided on-site coverage of major MMA events, feature stories on issues facing the sport, and interview segments with fighters, coaches, trainers, and others who contribute to and influence Mixed Martial Arts.[8]


‘’Inside MMA’’ frequently featured in-studio, on-site, phone and satellite interviews with guests from all facets of the sport, including fighters, promoters, managers, officials and journalists.[9] Notable guests included Dana White,[10] Ronda Rousey,[11] Daniel Cormier,[12] Nick Diaz,[13] Conor McGregor,[14] Gilbert Melendez,[15] Tito Ortiz,[16] Georges St-Pierre,[17] José Aldo,[18] TJ Dillashaw,[19] Dominick Cruz,[20] Jon Jones,[21] and Mickey Rourke.[22]

Guest hostsEdit

Occasionally, MMA fighters filled in as special guest hosts on Inside MMA. Past guest hosts include Johny Hendricks,[23] Roy Nelson,[24] Phil Davis,[25][26] Miesha Tate,[27] and Urijah Faber.[28]


On August 15, 2014, UFC fighter Krzysztof Soszynski officially announced his retirement from the sport, citing memory loss, in a live on-air exclusive, while appearing as a guest on an episode of Inside MMA.[29]

In late 2014, AXS TV announced that the show would move time slots to after the network's weekly live AXS TV Fights broadcasts. The move would take place starting Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.[30]

In May 2015, UFC President Dana White appeared on the show to announce that Rutten would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July.[31]

Inside MMA aired a special episode dedicated to UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion and Legacy Fighting Championship's first ever women's titlist Holly Holm on Nov. 20, 2015 following her defeat of former undefeated champion Ronda Rousey. The special included interviews with Holm, her coaches and teammates, along with analysis of her fight plan and highlights from her matches on AXS TV Fights.[32]

On March 9, 2016, Inside MMA announced that combat sports personality Mauro Ranallo would be the new series host alongside Bas Rutten beginning March 25, 2016, taking over for longtime host Kenny Rice. Rice would continue as a special correspondent for the show.[33] When Mauro Ranallo was absent due to his announcing duties for WWE, he was replaced by Josh Barnett on June 17, 2016 until June 24, 2016. Barnett hosted the show on August 19, 2016, replacing the absence of Bas Rutten.

On Sept. 19, 2016, AXS TV announced that 'Inside MMA' would air its final episode on Sept. 30, 2016, ending a 9-year, 10-season, 433-episode run.[34]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "AXS TV's 'Inside MMA' Moves to New Friday-Night Time Slot". MMAJunkie. 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  2. ^ "Mauro Ranallo signs on to be the newest host of Inside MMA on AXS TV". Sports Illustrated. 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  3. ^ "Tito Ortiz: "I'm Going To Put Bonnar Back Into Retirement"". Cage Pages. 2014-09-20. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  4. ^ "Mauro Ranallo signs on to be the newest host of Inside MMA on AXS TV". Sports Illustrated. 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  5. ^ "'Inside MMA': Cormier, Woodley, Riggs Interviews". Fight Network. 2014-12-06. Retrieved 2015-02-04.
  6. ^ "'Inside MMA': Viewers Submissions, Best of the Week". Fight Network. 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2015-02-04.
  7. ^ "'Inside MMA': Viewers Submissions, Best of the Week". Fight Network. 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2015-02-04.
  8. ^ "What's in the Fightnomics Book? Interview with Ron Kruck on 'Inside MMA'". Fightnomics. 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  9. ^ "AXS TV's 'Inside MMA' Moves To New Friday-Night Time Slot". MMAJunkie. 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  10. ^ "Dana White Comments On Scott Coker as Bellator CEO: 'A Much Better Fit Than Bjork Was'". Bloody Elbow. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  11. ^ "Rhonda Rousey Praises Cat Zingano, Wants to Fight Holly Holm Next". Washington Post. 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  12. ^ "Daniel Cormier on Brawl with Jon Jones: 'We Have To Carry Ourselves Better'". MMA Weekly. 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  13. ^ "'Inside MMA' TV Report: Miesha Tate and Nick Diaz". F4WOnline. 2015-01-17. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  14. ^ "McGregor Competing in BJJ to "Keep Busy" Before Aldo Fight". Fighters Only Mag. 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  15. ^ "Rampage, Melendez, Boetsch on 'Inside MMA'". Fight Network. 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  16. ^ "Tito Ortiz: "I'm Going To Put Bonnar Back Into Retirement"". Cage Pages. 2014-09-20. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  17. ^ "New Interview with Georges St. Pierre Updates Fans On His Timeline". MMA Mania. 2014-07-11. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  18. ^ "Jose Aldo Not Happy With UFC Pay". BJ Penn. 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  19. ^ . Fansided. 2014-06-03 Retrieved 2015-02-03. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Dominick Cruz Confident that Cage Rust Won't be an Issue Heading Into UFC 169". Bloody Elbow. 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  21. ^ "Jon Jones: Chris Weidman isn't a Superfight, Cain Velasquez is". Bleacher Report. 2014-02-08. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  22. ^ "'Inside MMA' TV Report – Mickey Rourke, Bang Ludwig, preview UFC". F4WOnline. 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  23. ^ "Johny Hendricks Calls Out Chris Weidman, Gets Shot Down By UFC President Dana White". MMA Mania. 2014-06-21. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  24. ^ "'Inside MMA' Report: Roy Nelson is Guest Host to Talk About Belfort & Overeem and Drug Testing". F4WOnline. 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  25. ^ "TJ Dillashaw Discusses a Potential Dominick Cruz Matchup on AXS TV's 'Inside MMA'". Sherdog. 2014-06-04. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  26. ^ "'Inside MMA' TV Report: Should Barao Get a Rematch". F4WOnline. 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  27. ^ "Alexis Davis Interviewed on 'Inside MMA'". Cage Pages. 2014-05-10. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  28. ^ "Alexis Davis Interviewed on 'Inside MMA'". Sherdog. 2014-10-24. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  29. ^ "UFC Vet Krzysztof Soszynski, Citing Memory Loss, Announces MMA Retirement". MMA Junkie. 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
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  31. ^ "Video: Dana White tells Bas Rutten he's being inducted into the UFC HOF". Bloody Elbow. 2015-05-23. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  32. ^ "TV Show Vows to Reveal 'Everything You Didn't Know About New UFC Champ Holly Holm And Her Crushing Defeat of Ronda Rousey' — Tonight!". TVWeek. 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  33. ^ "Mauro Ranallo signs on to be the newest host of Inside MMA on AXS TV". Sports Illustrated. 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  34. ^ "AXS TV's long-running 'Inside MMA' show set for Sept. 30 series finale". MMA Junkie. 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2016-09-22.

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