Inside the Octagon: Some mixed martial arts new

June 03, 2007 | WNST Staff

I thought I would take a break from watching about my fifth straight hour of The Ultimate Fighter 5 marathon on Spike TV, and tell you about two former pro athletes that are making their mixed martial arts debuts tonight.
Former pro wrestler Brock Lesnar and former Detroit Lions wide receiver Johnnie Morton both are having their first fights tonight on Showtime. Brock had a great career as a wrestler at the University of Minnesota, the thing to see will be if he has learned the martial arts aspect of things.
Not surprising to see former pro athletes getting into MMA. Tommy Morrison is also getting into this field as well. Ray Mercer also will have his initial fight in mixed martial arts in June 23 when he takes on underground bare knuckles champion Kimbo Slice. That could be a big night for MMA fans, because on Spike TV, the coaches for the teams in The Ultimate Fighter 5, Jens Pulver and BJ Penn will fight one another in the finale of the season. There is some high dislike for one another between these two.
Anyone else fans of The Ultimate Fighter show?
I can not wait till June 16th to see Rich Franklin take on Yushin Okami. Check out this trailer for the PPV. This should be a great fight between these two; Rich is trying to get back on track to getting his title back in the middleweight division.
I will have more on the PPV as it gets closer. Who is interested in watching it? It is a 3 p.m. start time in the US since the fight is in Ireland.
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