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Eddie Goldman is the host and producer of the No Holds Barred podcast, the publisher of the No Holds Barred blog, a senior contributing editor at the ADCC News, and writes for TapouT Magazine and MMA Worldwide.
Monday, January 01, 2007
NO HOLDS BARRED Parts 1 & 2: Gracie, Newton, Miletich, Lindland, Rothwell, Gusmao, Owings, Morrisey, IFL Report
NO HOLDS BARRED: Part 1 -- Renzo Gracie, Carlos Newton, Pat Miletich, Matt Lindland, IFL World Team Championship Report
NO HOLDS BARRED: Part 2 -- Ben Rothwell, Andre Gusmao, Erik Owings, Keisha Morrisey, IFL World Team Championship Report
On this week's special two-part edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman reviews the International Fight League (IFL) World Team Championship Final held December 29, 2006, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
In part one, we begin by recapping the fights on that show.
On the card's main event superfight, Renzo Gracie won a controversial split decision victory over Carlos Newton. We speak with both Renzo Gracie and Carlos Newton right after their fight.
The IFL World Team Championship title was won by the Quad Cities Silverbacks, coached by Pat Miletich, who won four of five fights over the Portland Wolfpack, coached by Matt Lindland. We speak with both Pat Miletich and Matt Lindland about their teams as well as their own plans for the future.
In part two, we speak with Big Ben Rothwell, the heavyweight for the Silverbacks who is undefeated in IFL competition. He scored a first-round TKO over Devin Cole of the Wolfpack. We speak with two fighters from Renzo Gracie's New York Pitbulls, Andre Gusmao and Erik Owings, who each won their superfights on this card. And we speak with boxing and entertainment publicist Keisha Morrisey, who gives us her evaluation of this event.
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On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman previews the first major fight of 2007, the January 6 rematch between top heavyweight contenders Samuel Peter and James Toney.
When Peter (27-1, 22 KOs), originally from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, and Toney (69-5-3, 43 KOs), originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., first fought Sept. 2 in Los Angeles in a WBC eliminator, the 12-round bout ended in a split decision victory for Peter. Many observers, however, including most of the boxing media, felt that Toney had done more than enough to win. Because of the split decision and widespread controversy, the WBC agreed to an immediate rematch.
Thus, the rematch, again a WBC heavyweight eliminator, will take place Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., and will be shown in the U.S. on Showtime. The winner is next supposed to get a title fight with WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev.
We spoke with both Samuel Peter and James Toney as they prepared for this fight. We spoke with Toney's promoter Dan Goossen. We also spoke with fitness trainer Billy Blanks, best known for his Tae Bo workout programs, but who is also a former karate champion and Golden Gloves boxer who is helping Toney with his conditioning and fitness training. Plus, we spoke with WBA 154-pound champion Jose Antonio Rivera (38-4-1, 24 KOs) who will make the first defense of his belt against the unbeaten Travis Simms (24-0, 18 KOs) on this card.
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