May 12, 2011

Plus, the amazing comeback story of Mark “The Shark” Miller TOMORROW NIGHT- May 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Former Strikeforceâ„¢ Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson joins Kenny Rice as the guest host on this week’s “Inside MMA.”

With the UFC’s purchase of Strikeforceâ„¢, big dream fights are once again on the mind of every MMA fan. Former Strikeforceâ„¢ Light Heavyweight Champion “King” Mo Lawal tells Kenny and Josh that he’s got an inter-promotional dream fight of his own in mind: getting a match-up with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

"If he can make weight,” said Lawal. “…I heard he had to do lap band surgery because he is [about] 250 pounds or something. I heard he was probably 260. The lap band surgery is probably a good idea for him to do and he’ll make weight,” added “King Mo.” "If he can handle Matt Hamill and I win my fight then we can try to make that thing happen."

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva also joins the panel to talk about the Strikeforceâ„¢ Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament. Silva advanced to the semi-finals in February with a victory over Fedor Emelianenko. He’ll break down the upcoming tournament bout between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum and tell us who he wants to face in the next round.

Rounding out the panel is Mark “The Shark” Miller who shares his incredible comeback story from open heart surgery and previews his fight in United Glory later this month.

Plus, Ron Kruck has the latest report in his “Inside America's Gyms” series from Power MMA in Gilbert, Arizona, the home to former Arizona State standouts Ryan Bader, CB Dollaway and Aaron Simpson.

Don’t miss “Inside MMA” this Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET on HDNet!

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