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Monday, May 28, 2007
On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with a true pioneer and legend in mixed martial arts, and an old friend: John Perretti.
We discuss this past Saturday's TKO victory by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in his rematch with Chuck Liddell at UFC 71; John's role in the development of the basic structure of MMA in introducing rounds and weight classes and helping design the gloves used in the sport; some lessons from the early days of Extreme Fighting and UFC; his views on technique and conditioning in MMA today; and a hint of what his immediate plans are.
For those new to the sport, John Perretti was one of the founders and the matchmaker of Battlecade Extreme Fighting, which ran from 1995 to 1997, and put on some classic shows. After that, he became the matchmaker for the UFC until January 2001.
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Sunday, May 27, 2007
On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by previewing the fight between the colorful and controversial WBO heavyweight champ, Brooklyn's Shannon Briggs (48-4-1, 42 KOs), and Russia's Sultan Ibragimov (20-0-1, 17 KOs), a 2000 Olympic silver medalist. This title bout will take place Saturday, June 2, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and be shown on pay-per-view TV.
We next speak with another colorful Brooklyn fighter, Paulie Malignaggi (22-1, 5 KOs). He will be fighting the IBF junior welterweight champ Lovemore N'dou (45-8-1, 30 KOs) in a title fight Saturday, June 16, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and on HBO in the U.S. We spoke with Paulie by phone about what to expect in this fight, what he learned from his sole loss last year to Miguel Cotto, and whom he would like to fight after N'dou.
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