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Thursday, March 30, 2006

No Holds Barred: Eddie Goldman speaks with Pat Miletich, Marc Ratner, and Ron Scott Stevens 

The world of the combat sports is changing at an almost breathtaking pace. The state of California has emerged as the home of dozens of mixed martial arts events, with the North American attendance record already broken in the first sanctioned show there and possibly set to be surpassed again in the next month or two. Yet it was only this month, March 2006, that the state athletic commission began sanctioning shows there at all.

The new mixed martial arts league, the International Fight League (IFL), officially announced this week that its debut show, to be held April 29 in Atlantic City, will be televised on tape delay on Fox Sports Net in the U.S. And late last week Marc Ratner, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and perhaps the most respected person in boxing who heads any of these state commissions, announced that he was leaving his post to become an executive with the UFC.

While these advances were made, mixed martial arts remains illegal in New York, as do other well-established combat sports, including kickboxing. A Draconian 1997 law mandating such prohibitions on most “combative sports” remains in effect. While major boxing states including New Jersey, Nevada, Texas, and now California have all sanctioned such events and regulate them through their athletic commissions, the politicians in New York, like the “segregation forever” crowd in the 1960s, are still standing in the courthouse door.

This week on No Holds Barred we address these developments and issues.

We speak with Pat Miletich, a former UFC champion who is now coach of the Silverbacks team in the IFL.

We speak with Marc Ratner about why he is stepping down from his post as executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and taking a position as an executive with the UFC.

And we speak with Ron Scott Stevens, current Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, about the status of boxing and mixed martial arts in New York.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

“Boxing’s March Madness” on TheSweetScience.com 

My latest column on TheSweetScience.com is up.

Entitled “Boxing’s March Madness”, it discusses more inanity from the World Boxing Council, more insanity regarding the Rahman-Toney draw and the issue of steroids, and more tragedy from yet another death in the ring in a grossly underregulated sport.

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Monday, March 27, 2006

SecondsOut Radio: Eddie Goldman speaks with Lamon Brewster, Sergei Liakhovich, Buddy McGirt, Kenny Weldon, and Marc Ratner 


On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, we speak with WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster and challenger Sergei Liakhovich, who fight April 1 in Cleveland and on Showtime in the USA; Brewster's trainer, Buddy McGirt, and Liakhovich's trainer, Kenny Weldon; and Marc Ratner, outgoing executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission who is leaving to become an executive at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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Passing the Bar 

I have no doubt that there are more than a few snobs who are snickering about my taste in bars, or, to their way of pre-judging, lack of taste. Doc Holliday’s, Yogi’s, The Patriot Saloon – are these Manhattan honky tonks where an Ivy League-educated journalist grandpa should be seen?

Actually the first bar I went to, both ever as a customer and later as a regular, was the West End, right across the street from Columbia. That, of course, was back in the day when the students actually went to the bars to discuss the issues of the day both in and out of the classroom. The beer and the burgers made the atmosphere more congenial, but the intellectual level was still high as professors, students, community folks, Columbia employees, roving radicals, drifters, hookers, and undercover agents all mingled, argued, socialized, and relaxed with one another. Socialist or socialite, there was something there for you.

I graduated from the West End shortly after I graduated from Columbia, moving mainly to the long-departed Clifford’s on West 72nd Street and the nearby McGowan’s, which later became the Bear Bar and then Yogi’s. I would still on occasion drop on by the West End, mainly out of nostalgic sentimentality, but it usually left me empty. It had become more of a yuppie hangout with fancier food than the old steam table fare. When the Internet began to boom, I had much less reason to use Columbia’s libraries, which are open to alumni, and thus didn’t even venture to that area that much at all. But I never ruled out a return, at least for old time’s sake.

Now I have a reason to stay at the New York redneck bars and away from this Ivy League-infested spot. According to reports both in the New York Daily News and the Columbia Spectator, there was a major brawl involving some 200 people early Saturday morning at the West End which spilled onto the street for several blocks along Broadway. It is unclear how many of those involved were actually Columbia students, but all reports agree that this mob brawl erupted at the West End, and somehow involved fraternity members.

Whoever was involved, I’ll stick with the places that play Johnny Cash, Merle, Gretchen, and Hank Sr. and Jr.

It does appear that my old alma mater is up to the same old tricks as it also tried pulling back in the day. Its latest expansion plans include using eminent domain to toss people out of their homes.

Now THAT is something over which these college kids ought to take to the street.

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