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Eddie Goldman is the host and producer of the No Holds Barred international podcast, the publisher of the No Holds Barred blog, and a senior contributing editor at the ADCC News.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

NO HOLDS BARRED: Jeff Monson 




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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, the second this week, host Eddie Goldman speaks with one of the hardest-working men in the combat sports, Jeff "The Snowman" Monson, a member of American Top Team and a two-time ADCC champion.

    This Friday, August 17, Jeff will face former
    USWF (Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation) fighter Chris Guillen for the newly-created Global Fighting Championships heavyweight title on their mixed martial arts show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

    Just two weeks later, on Saturday, September 1, Jeff will face former UFC heavyweight contender Pedro Rizzo for the IFA heavyweight title in the main event of the Art of War 3 mixed martial arts show at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and on pay-per-view television.

    Then, just about a week later on September 9, Jeff will hit the mats as part of USA Wrestling's U.S. Grappling World Team, which will compete at the first Grappling World Championships at the World Wrestling Games, hosted by FILA, the international wrestling federation, in Antalya, Turkey. The World Wrestling Games also features sombo, beach wrestling, and pankration.

    We spoke at length with the peripatetic "Snowman" about his career, his prospects for winning three titles in two sports in a span of four weeks, and the relation between wrestling and both grappling and mixed martial arts. We also discussed some of Jeff's controversial political views, and how he sees their relation to the combat sports.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here and just press the play button on the player.


    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

    The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

    If you want to leave a comment on the show, you can do so on this the blog.

    The NO HOLDS BARRED theme song is called "The Heist", by musician Ian Carpenter.

    NO HOLDS BARRED is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

    Art of War, the undisputed arena fighting championship, promoted by Sun Sports and Entertainment, producing world class mixed martial arts events. For more information, check out their web site, ArtOfWarLive.com.

    IFL, the International Fight League, the world's first professional mixed martial arts league. Make sure to check out their regular TV shows on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S. and to check your local listings for dates and times. You can also catch the IFL's newest show, "IFL Battleground", every Monday night on MyNetworkTV. An encore presentation will run each Saturday night. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events and their TV schedule.

    Gladiator Challenge, shaking up the mixed martial arts world since 1999, and now with 30 shows per year. For more news and info, check out their web site, GladiatorChallenge.com.

    BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

    Gladiator Magazine, for in-depth coverage of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, and MMA, as well as lifestyle articles on surfing, cars, movies, and more. Gladiator Magazine is available at any major bookstore and online at BJJMart.com or Jiu Jitsu Pro Gear.

    FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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    Monday, August 13, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Dr. Margaret Goodman on Boxing's Watergate 

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  • On this week's special edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Dr. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist and former chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, about the scandal which may become boxing's equivalent of Watergate.

    On July 30, The New York Times ran an investigative report entitled "In Boxing's Underbelly, a Blind Eye to Fighters' Health" by John Eligon and Duff Wilson. The piece documented numerous cases where boxers had been given questionable medical clearance to fight, and even had fraudulent medical forms submitted on their behalf to various state athletic commissions for supposed medical examinations of them. Several of these fighters later died as a result of injuries suffered in those fights.

    We discuss with Dr. Goodman this scandal in depth and the failure of so many state athletic commissions in the US to take proper and reasonable measures to look after the safety and well-being of the fighters, as well as what must be done both in the short-term and the long-term to protect fighters.

    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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    Sunday, August 12, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Dr. Margaret Goodman on Steroids in MMA 


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  • On this week's special edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Dr. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist and former chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

    In the wake of the latest round of dope cheats being caught in the mixed martial arts, we discuss what fighters, promoters, and athletic commissions must do to combat this scourge. We discuss what a national athletic commission in the US could do for mixed martial arts. Dr. Goodman also outlines the medical reasons why toxic drugs such as steroids are so dangerous to the health of fighters. We discuss what the role of the combat sports media should be.

    This discussion was the latter part of an interview with Dr. Goodman, the first part of which was on SecondsOut Radio where we discussed a brewing scandal in boxing, which she characterized as boxing's Watergate. That scandal involves a recent report in The New York Times, which documented numerous cases where boxers had been given questionable medical clearance to fight, and even had fraudulent medical forms submitted on their behalf to various state athletic commissions for supposed medical examinations of them. Several of these fighters later died because of injuries suffered in those fights.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here or here and just press the play button on the player.

    You can also listen to it through this blog and my
    MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player.

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

    The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

    If you want to leave a comment on the show, you can do so on this blog.

    The NO HOLDS BARRED theme song is called "The Heist", by musician Ian Carpenter.

    NO HOLDS BARRED is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

    Art of War, the undisputed arena fighting championship, promoted by Sun Sports and Entertainment, producing world class mixed martial arts events. For more information, check out their web site, ArtOfWarLive.com.

    IFL, the International Fight League, the world's first professional mixed martial arts league. Make sure to check out their regular TV shows on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S. and to check your local listings for dates and times. You can also catch the IFL's newest show, "IFL Battleground", every Monday night on MyNetworkTV. An encore presentation will run each Saturday night. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events and their TV schedule.

    Gladiator Challenge, shaking up the mixed martial arts world since 1999, and now with 30 shows per year. For more news and info, check out their web site, GladiatorChallenge.com.

    BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

    Gladiator Magazine, for in-depth coverage of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, and MMA, as well as lifestyle articles on surfing, cars, movies, and more. Gladiator Magazine is available at any major bookstore and online at BJJMart.com or Jiu Jitsu Pro Gear.

    FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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    A Podcasting Association? 

    While there are still plenty of people who prefer to look backwards rather than forwards and react to the new forms of media like a rabbit does to a wolf, especially in the world of boxing, the ranks of bloggers, podcasters, vloggers, and the like continue to grow. As the new media becomes not-so-new anymore, the producers and creators using these recently-devised communications tools have begun meeting and talking with each other. A regular mass movement has been born, from the ground up, and is starting to mature.

    One recent idea attracting attention has been the need for some type of association of podcasters. One such group, the Association for Downloadable Media (ADM), has already been formed, albeit with somewhat limited goals. Their mission statement lists their chief aim: “To provide leadership in and organization of advertising and audience measurement standards, research, education and advocacy to all those involved in portable media (Podcasts/ATOM/RSS media enclosures) across the Internet, iPods, MP3 players, mobile devices, P2P and other upcoming platforms.”

    Others have criticized this effort as being too top down and corporate-oriented, including the setting of annual dues of US$150 for individual members.

    This has led another group of people, on the initiative of Scott Bourne and Lee Gibbons of the podcasting company Podango, to begin a discussion and new blog “as an ad hoc attempt to kick start a podcasting association that might unite podcasters worldwide and provide a foundation of communication and interaction that will facilitate the growth and development of the podcasting movement.”

    They have also posted a survey about this issue on their blog.

    I completed this survey and added the following at the end in the field provided for open-ended comments. I encourage others to get involved in this effort as well:

    I hope there can be one industry association. ADM's $150 yearly fee in a fledgling industry, however, is ridiculous, and shows that it aims mainly at larger corporate outfits rather than the untold number of bloggers, podcasters, vloggers, etc. It also shuts out many younger, working class, and poor people who are using these online tools to make their voices heard.

    We need a group to represent our interests on issues of us getting recognized as legitimate (even though most of us are actually more legit) as the mainstream media machines. We need an advocate which can fight for us, and represent us directly.

    Also raised by others is the need to create an organization which can help provide access to medical insurance in the US, where over 45 million people still have none.

    The National Writers Union, of which I have been a member for over a decade, should have addressed this, but is dominated by dinosaurs who largely do not understand the Internet, or actually fear it.

    This group should aim for the grassroots and avoid getting taken over by the large Internet and tech companies such as Yahoo, Google, Apple, etc. It cannot be a trade union as such, but can be an association of the unrepresented producers, creators, and other workers in the online media.

    It also should be flexible enough to change whenever the next innovative forms of media arise, be they through cell phones, some new device to come, or whatever. Podcasting itself is pretty new, and a group should not tie itself down to just what exists in 2007.

    Finally, democracy is key. It is very messy, but structurally it must be insured. Otherwise, it will be just another bureaucratic tool standing in the way of us achieving our rights.

    Thanks, Eddie Goldman
    No Holds Barred

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