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    Wednesday, May 03, 2006

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Eddie Goldman Speaks with Renzo Gracie, Jens Pulver, Maurice Smith, Larry Hazzard Sr., and Leon Tabbs on IFL’s Debut Show 

    This past Saturday night, April 29, at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ, the International Fight League (IFL) held the debut show featuring its mixed martial arts league. We have already posted the IFL’s post-fight press release on the Combat Sports News on KingoftheCage.com.

    On this week’s edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, we have in-depth analysis of that show with several of its major participants.

    We speak with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts legend
    Renzo Gracie, coach of the Pitbulls, which narrowly lost its IFL meet to the Tiger Sharks, three matches to two.

    We speak with former UFC champion Jens Pulver, who won his super fight with Cole Escovedo by knockout in just 56 seconds of the first round.

    We speak with former world kickboxing, UFC, and Extreme Fighting champion Maurice Smith, coach of the victorious Tiger Sharks. His team now advances to the first IFL team championships June 3, also at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, against the Silverbacks, coached by another former UFC champion,
    Pat Miletich.

    We discuss the issues of fighter safety and how boxing and mixed martial arts stack up against each other with two of the very few people who know both sports intimately. We speak with Larry Hazzard Sr., commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, which regulates combative sports in that state. We also speak with veteran cut man Leon Tabbs, who has worked for years in both the UFC and the corner of former undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins.

    Plus, we offer our own commentary and analysis of the IFL’s debut show, explaining what they did right and where they need to make improvements.

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