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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Todd Hester, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Gladiator Magazine, and our correspondent on this show.
Todd covered the first edition of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which was held 14 years ago, on November 12, 1993, in Denver, Colorado. We discuss what the significance was of that event for the combat sports, how it showcased Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and emphasized technique, and the subsequent dumbing down of the UFC in recent years. We also stress that technique in general and submissions in particular need to be emphasized to make these types of events special again.
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