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    Wednesday, July 19, 2006

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Eddie Goldman Speaks With Bob Meyrowitz 

    On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Bob Meyrowitz, former CEO of eYada.com and Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG), which started and produced the original Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) shows from 1993 to 2000.

    Bob offers his take on what he thinks of the current UFC product and the level of talent in it under its present owner, Zuffa. He also refutes the many factually incorrect articles that have appeared mainly in newspapers claiming that when SEG put on UFC shows, there were no rules, that the company ran from sanctioning by state athletic commissions, and that the level of athlete in the early UFC's was low. He recounts how UFC was sanctioned by the New York State Athletic Commission in late 1996, but how the commission double-crossed UFC at the last moment. He discusses UFC's attempt in 1999 to get sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and who on that commission opposed its sanctioning. Plus, he tells us who among the mainstream media and numerous boxing writers now commenting on UFC and its history have actually bothered to contact him to find out his views and what occurred.

    Plus, Bob talks about his plans to run a new mixed martial arts event in the very near future, plans which have not been completely finalized yet but are expected to be so in a very short time. And he tells us what his attitude is towards the mixed martial arts and fight media, as well as other promoters, an issue which has again come to the fore.

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    Thanks again for a great show - I've been listening to these from the start over the past few weeks. Since about 2003, I've been (rather slowly - only up to early 1999 so far) buying old UFC, Extreme Fighting and Pride DVDs from the beginning onwards, so I've especially enjoyed your historically aware approach.

    I hope you do more of these interviews with figures from the past - Jeff Blatnick would be particularly interesting, as from the early shows, I've found him to be the most level-headed UFC commentator.
     
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    Thanks again for a great show - I've been listening to these from the start over the past few weeks. Since about 2003, I've been (rather slowly - only up to early 1999 so far) buying old UFC, Extreme Fighting and Pride DVDs from the beginning onwards, so I've especially enjoyed your historically aware approach.

    I hope you do more of these interviews with figures from the past - Jeff Blatnick would be particularly interesting, as from the early shows, I've found him to be the most level-headed UFC commentator.

    By Blogger slideyfoot, at 5:47 AM  

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