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Anderson Silva joins HDNet’s "Inside MMA" this week as a guest panelist

UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva joins HDNet’s “Inside MMA” this week as a guest panelist on the program. In Friday’s episode, Silva and his manager, Ed Soares talk about Silva’s record-setting victory over Thales Leites at last weekend’s UFC 97.

Silva was victorious by unanimous decision against Leites, but has faced criticism for a lackluster performance – including comments from UFC President Dana White. Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten give Silva a chance to answer those critics on this Friday’s show.

Rounding out Friday’s panel is actor Channing Tatum, who is on the set to talk about his new movie, “Fighting” which opens in theaters this week.

HDNet’s INSIDE MMA is the first and only one of its kind – an original, weekly television program devoted completely to news and highlights from the world of Mixed Martial Arts.

Hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten are joined by the sport’s top fighters and news-makers every week to discuss and analyze the latest in MMA. The program also includes event highlights, viewer mail, and Ron Kruck providing up-to-the-minute news and features with Kruck’s Korner. INSIDE MMA has become the hottest Mixed Martial Arts program on television, giving fans their weekly fix of everything MMA.

Since the program’s inception in September of 2007, INSIDE MMA has covered some of the biggest stories in the business, presenting interviews with the biggest names involved. From Randy Couture’s legal battles with the UFC to Seth Petruzelli’s upset win over Kimbo – and the Florida State Athletic Commission’s investigation of that fight, to the fall of EliteXC, INSIDE MMA has covered it all.

INSIDE MMA, HDNet’s weekly series covering the latest news, rankings, stats and highlights from the world of Mixed Martial Arts airs every Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET.