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Saturday, September 15, 2007

NO HOLDS BARRED: Mark Cuban, Erik Paulson, Jeff Ford, HDNet Fights, Boxing's Fall Feast 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing the venture of a new entrant into the world of mixed martial arts, the HDNet Fights series being initiated by Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. Their first scheduled show is Saturday, October 13, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

    We first offer some advice for this new enterprise about how to position it as a sport and not a spectacle. We also spoke with Mark Cuban on a media teleconference call to get his thoughts on his new role as both a promoter and a broadcaster of mixed martial arts.

    The main event on that show will feature the return to MMA action by Erik Paulson for the first time in seven years. He will face another veteran, Jeff Ford, who has been a kickboxing champion and a heavyweight pro boxer as well as a mixed martial arts fighter. We also spoke with both fighters on this media teleconference call.

    Also, we provide a glimpse at what should be a stellar, action-packed, and important final four months of 2007 for the sport of boxing. This schedule is absolutely loaded with intriguing, major fights, including: Jermain Taylor vs. Kelly Pavlik (Sept. 29), Manny Pacquiao vs. Marco Antonio Barrera 2 (Oct. 6), Oleg Maskaev vs. Samuel Peter (also Oct. 6), Juan Diaz vs. Julio Diaz (Oct. 13), Sultan Ibragimov vs. Evander Holyfield, (also Oct. 13), Chris Byrd vs. Alexander Povetkin (Oct. 27), Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler (Nov. 3), Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Rocky Juarez (also Nov. 3), Miguel Cotto vs. Shane Mosley (Nov. 10), Jean-Marc Mormeck vs. David Haye (also Nov. 10), Joan Guzman vs. Humberto Soto (Nov. 17), Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton (Dec. 8), and more.

    We discuss what we are calling "Boxing's Fall Feast" in a segment which was originally on SecondsOut Radio.

    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 IFL Battleground on MyNetworkTV. 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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    Predictions for 2007 World Wrestling Championships 


    For the past several years, the web page of USA Wrestling, TheMat.com, has been running a poll of wrestling journalists that lists our predictions for the champions in each weight class for the World Championships and Olympic Games. Although I rarely make predictions in professional combat sports, I have done so in wrestling because, frankly, this sport needs all the support, help, and publicity it can get.

    This year I have once again participated. The predictions below are for the 2007 World Championships of Wrestling. This event takes place September 17-23 at the Heydar Aliyev Sport and Exhibition Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    The web site of the World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) will provide live and on-demand video coverage of the 2007 World Championships of Wrestling.

    TheMat.com has a special section devoted to the 2007 World Championships of Wrestling.

    My predictions do not, of course, necessarily turn out correct. Over the years I have had a passable record, usually finishing somewhere in the middle of the pack of the other wrestling journalists who likewise take part in these polls.

    The point, however, is not to boast or lament about the accuracy of these predictions. Rather, it is but one attempt to use the media in general and the Internet in particular to encourage informed and intelligent discussion about the world's oldest and greatest sport, its star and champion athletes, and its often obscurely-promoted but major international events.

    Predictions for silver and bronze medals are not made because these depend in large part on the much-criticized blind draw system, lack of seeding, and no complete rounds of wrestlebacks used by FILA, the international wrestling federation. The gold medalists, however, have to defeat everyone, regardless of the order in which they face their opponents, so the top finishes should reflect the best wrestlers at this event.

    Here are my humble predictions for the individual champions at the 2007 World Wrestling Championships. Most will likely be wrong, but hopefully this exercise will stimulate more interest in this important event.

    Men's Freestyle champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
    60 kg/132 lbs. - Seyed Mourad Mohammadi (Iran)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Geandry Garzon (Cuba)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Mahach Murtazaliev (Russia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Georgy Ketoev (Russia)
    96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Khajimurad Gatsalov (Russia)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Artur Taimazov (Uzbekistan)

    Men's Greco-Roman champions
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Roushan Bayramov (Azerbaijan)
    60 kg/132 lbs. - Eusebiu Diaconu (Romania)
    66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Harry Lester (USA)
    74 kg/163 lbs. - Manuchar Krirkvelia (Georgia)
    84 kg/185 lbs. - Alexey Mishine (Russia)
    96 kg/211.25 lbs. - Karam Ibrahim Gaber (Egypt)
    120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Khassan Baroev (Russia)

    Women's Freestyle champions
    48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Chiharu Icho (Japan)
    51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Hitomi Sakamoto (Japan)
    55 kg/121 lbs. - Saori Yoshida (Japan)
    59 kg/130 lbs. - Ayako Shoda (Japan)
    63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Kaori Icho (Japan)
    67 kg/147.5 lbs. - Jing Rui Xue (China)
    72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Stanka Zlateva (Bulgaria)

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    Friday, September 14, 2007

    FILA World Wrestling Championships on WCSN.com Sept. 17-23 

    From WCSN.com:


    World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) will provide same-day delayed coverage of the 2007 FILA World Wrestling Championship from Baku, Azerbaijan, on September 17 - 22. Fans can log on to http://www.wcsn.com/ to watch top athletes from over 70 countries compete in wrestling's most important competition as well as the first Olympic qualifying event of the year.

    Viewers tuning in will also hear special commentary provided by 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist, Jamill Kelly.

    In addition to a strong female competition, male athletes from around the world will go head-to-head in the Freestyle and Greco Roman categories. For U.S fans, the U.S championship team includes No. 1 ranked twenty-year-old Henry Cejudo, gold medalist at the recent Pan American Games in Brazil and the youngest U.S. World Team member in freestyle since 1979. Rounding out the team is Mike Zadick, 2006 World silver medalist, Daniel Cormier, 2007 Pan American bronze medalist, and Joe Williams, two-time World bronze medalist.

    What: Same-day delay and on-demand coverage of 2007 World Wrestling Championships

    Online: www.wcsn.com/wrestling

    When: September 17 - 22, 2007

    Schedule*:

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    - Men Greco- Roman 55-60-66kg, Bronze & Gold Finals

    - 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

    Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    - Men Greco-Roman 74-84-96kg, Bronze & Gold Finals

    - 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

    Wednesday, September 19, 2007

    - Men Greco- Roman 120kg, men's Freestyle 55 & 60kg, Bronze & Gold Finals

    - 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

    Thursday, September 20, 2007

    - Men's Freestyle 66-74-84kg, Bronze & Gold Finals

    - 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

    Friday, September 21, 2007

    - Men's Freestyle 96 & 120kg,

    - Female Wrestling 48kg, Bronze & Gold Finals

    - 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

    Saturday, September 22, 2007

    - Female Wrestling 51-55-59kg, Bronze & Gold Finals

    - 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET

    Sunday, September 23, 2007

    - Female Wrestling 63-67-72kg, Bronze & Gold Finals

    - 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. ET

    *Schedule subject to change. Visit www.wcsn.com/wrestling for the most up-to-date schedule.

    Wrestling enthusiasts can follow every minute of the action online with live and on-demand coverage, via a $4.95 monthly subscription, plus free access to results, video highlights, breaking news, behind-the-scenes features, and more. Visit http://www.wcsn.com/ for detailed schedules.

    About WCSN:

    World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) is the premier destination for fans of Olympic and lifestyle sports, delivering an immersive experience via exclusive live and on demand coverage of world class competitions, interaction with top athletes and in depth access to sports news and information year round.

    WCSN offers comprehensive coverage of over 60 sports disciplines, through exclusive long term programming agreements across a number of key International Federations and National Governing Bodies. Major championship events in sports ranging from Track & Field, Skiing, Swimming, Gymnastics and Cycling to Volleyball, Karate and Taekwondo are featured online at http://www.wcsn.com/ and on television via WCSN's 24/7 cable sports network. WCSN also markets Olympic sports in partnership with International Federations, National Governing Bodies, local organizations, clubs, sponsors, and through related websites and publications.

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    Las Vegas Casino and Laundry Workers Vote to Authorize Strike 


    On our Labor Day edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, we included a salute to the Las Vegas-based Culinary Workers Union Local 226. This 60,000-member union is the largest in Las Vegas, where the casinos, hotels, and other venues in which its members work serve as home for countless combat sports events in boxing, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and wrestling.

    Recently, the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165 have been in contract negotiations with the casinos. Some casinos have already agreed to new contracts with the unions, but many others have not, actually seeking crippling givebacks from the workers. The Tropicana, for example, has proposed a contract in which they would opt out of the Culinary Workers Union's health care and pension plans, thus effectively destroying them.

    To counter these attacks and protect the livelihood of their members, the unions polled these members to seek approval for the negotiating committees to authorize "economic action, up to a strike."

    The vote: 99% in favor.

    Below is the press release issued by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 about these negotiations:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    September 12, 2007

    Las Vegas Casino and Laundry Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

    Las Vegas - In two separate shift meetings, members of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165 voted by a 99% margin to authorize their negotiating committees at fourteen Las Vegas casinos and two industrial laundries to call for economic action, up to a strike. The vote covering almost 10,000 casino and laundry workers affects properties in both Downtown Las Vegas and on the Strip.

    D. Taylor, Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer noted that, “Today, Culinary members authorized their committee to call for economic action, including a strike, if that is what is necessary to achieve a fair contract. We hope that the affected companies see this vote as a wake-up call. Our goal is to return to the negotiating table and achieve fair, new contracts that protect the Las Vegas Dream for every member of this union, whether they work Downtown, on the Strip, in the casinos, or in the laundries.”

    The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 represents over 60,000 workers in Nevada. Members of the Culinary Union work in many classifications including cocktail waitresses, cooks, bellmen, kitchen workers, housekeepers, and other service workers. On September 4th, the Culinary and Bartenders Unions, along with their parent union UNITE HERE, announced a $80 million strike fund to pay strike benefits, offer support benefits and cover logistical costs indefinitely.

    Las Vegas Properties With Affirmative Strike Vote Results

    Binion's
    El Cortez
    Fitzgerald’s
    Four Queens
    Fremont
    Golden Gate
    Golden Nugget
    Jerry’s Nugget
    Las Vegas Club
    Las Vegas Hilton
    Main Street
    Plaza
    Tropicana
    Western
    Al Phillips (Laundry)
    Mission Industries (Laundry)


    http://www.culinaryunion226.org

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    Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Gary Abbott on Grappling and Wrestling World Championships 

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  • On this special edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, the second this week, host Eddie Goldman speaks with a very busy Gary Abbott, Director of Communications and Special Projects for USA Wrestling.

    Gary has just returned from the first World Grappling Championships, which were held September 9 in Antalya, Turkey, as part of the World Wrestling Games. This was the first time that FILA, the international wrestling federation and which is part of the International Olympic Committee, has sponsored a world championships in grappling.

    At that event, grapplers from the US swept the gold medals in all nine weights in both the men's and women's divisions. Among those winning gold medals are several athletes who are prominent in the mixed martial arts, including Jeff Monson and Tara LaRosa.

    Next up for the sport of wrestling are the 2007 World Championships of Wrestling. This event takes place September 17-23 at the Heydar Aliyev Sport and Exhibition Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan. Competition will take place in men's and women's freestyle wrestling, and Greco-Roman wrestling. This year's world championships are a qualifying event for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

    We spoke with Gary about the World Grappling Championships, what this event meant to the combat sports, and the performance of the American team. We next previewed the 2007 World Championships of Wrestling, discussing what to expect from the American wrestlers and pointing out whom to watch closely on the world level.

    USA Wrestling's web site, TheMat.com, has a special section devoted to the 2007 World Championships of Wrestling.

    The web site of the World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) will also provide live and on-demand video coverage of the 2007 World Championships of Wrestling.

    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 IFL Battleground on MyNetworkTV. 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, September 10, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Phyllis Lee 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with mixed martial arts fight manager Phyllis Lee, who is known as the First Lady of NHB (no-holds-barred fighting, now known as mixed martial arts).

    We discuss the September 1 Art of War 3 card, held in Dallas, Texas, and shown on pay-per-view television. Three fighters on that card are managed by Phyllis: Ron Waterman, Lana Stefanac, and Thomas Schulte. We also touch on UFC 75 and discuss the direction mixed martial arts and its media ought to take.

    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 IFL Battleground on MyNetworkTV. 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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    Sunday, September 09, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Joe Calzaghe, Mikkel Kessler, Kendall Holt 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by previewing the megafight between the undefeated WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KOs) and the undefeated WBC/WBA champion Mikkel Kessler (39-0, 29 KOs). This long-awaited title unification fight will take place November 3 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, near Calzaghe's home.

    We spoke with both champions, Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler, at a New York news conference this past week to get their takes on what to expect in this fight.

    On September 1, WBO 140-pound champion Ricardo Torres (32-1, 28 KOs) defended his title with a highly controversial 11th-round TKO win over Kendall Holt (22-2, 12 KOs). This fight took place at the Salon Jumbo del Country Club in Barranquilla, Colombia, Torres's home country. Subsequent reports questioned many aspects of the conduct of this fight, including the stoppage, interference from fans and others during the fight, and more. Videos of both the final round and the entire fight have appeared online, with many who have seen them, along with those in attendance, agreeing that justice was not done that night.

    We got a chance to speak with Kendall Holt about all this when he attended the Calzaghe-Kessler news conference, and we have that interview for you this week.

    Also, as many already know, the scheduled September 15 fight between WBC super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez and Rocky Juarez has been cancelled. The reported reason is that Marquez suffered a cut on his right hand which led to an infection and swelling, thus leading to the fight's cancellation. We discuss this situation this week.

    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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