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Tuesday, December 26, 2006
On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman begins by briefly commenting on the state of mixed martial arts in 2006, and continues previewing the International Fight League (IFL) World Team Championship Final. This event, the first of its kind in mixed martial arts, takes place Friday, December 29, 2006, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
We speak with three fighters who are starters for the New York Pitbulls team of the IFL, all at the Renzo Gracie Academy in Manhattan where they train.
First we speak with Erik Owings, 1-1 in the IFL. He will fight Ed West of the Scorpions in a 155-pound superfight on this IFL show. We have a lengthy discussion with him about his background and training, his detailed views on mixed martial arts and the IFL, and the prospects for the Pitbulls.
We next speak with Jamal Patterson, 2-0 in the IFL. He will fight Reese Andy of the Tiger Sharks on this IFL show. We get his views on similar topics.
We also speak with heavyweight Bryan Vetell, 1-1 in the IFL. Although he will not be fighting on this show, he is preparing for the Pitbulls' team competition on Feb. 23, 2007, against the new Chicago Red Bears, in Atlanta, Georgia.
These three fighters are three of the most interesting athletes not only in MMA, but in the sports world as a whole.
If you cannot make it to Mohegan Sun to see the live event on Dec. 29, make sure to catch the free two-hour TV telecast. The IFL World Team Championship Final will begin playing on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S. on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, New Year's Eve. In Canada, it will first be shown on Rogers Sportsnet beginning Saturday, January 6, 2007. As always, check your local listings for more details about the show in your area or the IFL web site, at http://ifl.tv/. This show will also be repeated on these networks.
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