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Friday, April 03, 2009

No Holds Barred: Ted Rybka of GLAAD on UFC 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Ted Rybka, Director of Sports Media of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). After UFC president Dana White issued a video blog with a rant including homophobic and sexist slurs, and after GLAAD received numerous complaints about this, Ted contacted UFC and White. An apology by White has since been posted on YouTube.

    In our interview with Ted, we spoke about why such slurs can be so harmful to the very well-being of people perceived as being gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. We discussed White's apology, and what further contact GLAAD will have with UFC. We also discussed the efforts of GLAAD to educate both the media and the people about homophobia and sports.

    You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

    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:

    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.

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

    Wrestling 411, providing coverage of the sport of wrestling on TV, the Internet, and radio. Wrestling 411 is produced by Media Sports Productions, whose sole mission is the marketing and promotion of the sport of wrestling.

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    Thursday, April 02, 2009

    Can There Be Decency and Tolerance in Mixed Martial Arts? 

    [The following article was written on April 27, 2007, for a mixed martial arts magazine. It was not printed by it (you know who you are), since they said they did not want something so “negative”. Now that the controversy over the continued bigotry, homophobia, and intolerance promoted by the president of the so-called “Ultimate” Fighting Championship has finally become a major issue, you, too, share blame for not allowing someone like myself a platform to speak out against this idiocy. – Eddie Goldman]

    Can There Be Decency and Tolerance in Mixed Martial Arts?
    by Eddie Goldman

    When Esera Tuaolo, an NFL defensive tackle for five teams in nine seasons who retired after the 1999 season, publicly stated in 2002 that he was gay, the league had a decision to make: Embrace him, ignore him, or condemn him.

    Their answer, at least officially, and despite muted grumbling from some quarters, was seen at the 2006 rookie symposium. There Tuaolo spoke to the rookies as part of a panel discussing the issue of diversity in the NFL. ESPN.com quoted NFL vice president of player and employee development Mike Haynes as saying that when he took that job, “one of the things I wanted to really stress was tolerance.”

    In February of this year, former NBA center John Amaechi, who played five seasons with Orlando, Utah, and Cleveland, and retired in 2003, also announced that he is gay. NBA commissioner David Stern told The Associated Press, “We have a very diverse league. The question at the NBA is always, ‘Have you got game?’ That’s it, end of inquiry.”

    In 2005, the acclaimed documentary “Ring Of Fire,” focusing on former welterweight and middleweight boxing champion Emile Griffith, was shown on the USA Network, and re-released in 2007 on the MSG Network. Besides recounting the third, tragic fight between Griffith and Benny “Kid” Paret in 1962, which led to Paret’s death, one prominent theme was Griffith’s sexuality. Many boxing insiders have long believed that Griffith is gay, and the documentary recounts how in 1992, upon leaving a gay bar in Manhattan, Griffith was attacked by a gang of thugs who beat him so badly that he almost died while in the hospital.

    Today, Griffith, now 69, is a regular at ringside at New York boxing events and the annual International Boxing Hall of Fame festivities in Canastota, New York, and is always introduced and greeted by a hearty round of cheers.

    Contrast these attempts at decency and tolerance, as belated and limited as they are, in these other sports with the milieu and, if we must use the word, culture in MMA.

    Earlier this year, UFC president Dana White was a guest on shock jock Scott Ferrall’s show on Sirius Satellite Radio. The discussion turned to White’s rival, then-Pride USA executive Jerry Millen.

    With a live audience cheering him on, White called Millen a “fuckin’ homo” and asked Ferrall, “What fuckin’ gay bar did you two meet in?” More of the same followed.

    Shortly after radio host Don Imus was fired by CBS radio and MSNBC cable for his racist and sexist comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, a post, purportedly from a fighter, appeared on a popular online MMA message board repeating Imus’s precise words to describe a forthcoming opponent who is African-American, like most of the Rutgers women’s team. While Internet message boards in general are too often receptacles of what is not even fit for sewers, the implication here was that what is considered disgusting, despicable, and inhuman by almost everyone else is just fine in MMA.

    Countless other examples of such negative behavior and attitudes can be cited, especially on the UFC’s heavily-edited “reality” series on Spike TV. This program first became a hit by being placed directly after the highly-rated Monday night show of the W“W”E, thus appealing to those who crave sociopathic spectacles but also wanted to see some real fights. On the UFC show they got both, beginning with one fighter pissing in another’s bed.

    There are many reasons people are attracted to MMA. Mostly it reflects just who they are before they discovered this genre. If they were amoral punks or even criminal elements who simply liked to see others get hurt and reveled in naked violence and the spilling of blood, that was what they sought here. If they were greedy, cold manipulators who wanted to have fighters smash each other’s bodies while they received the greatest financial rewards, this was for them. If they were sports fans, athletes, or even suits who were disgruntled with the endless scandals, corruption, and mediocrity in so many mainstream sports, here was an edgy place to go. If they were combat sports or martial arts aficionados who loved both competition and the demonstration of world-class techniques, that was here, too. If they were from the world of amateur wrestling and yearned for a real, professional league, this was the closest thing to it, especially with the success in MMA of so many top wrestlers. And, of course, there are numerous others, including that loud band of fans of the staged pro “wrestling” who want MMA to sink to the depths of this “sports entertainment” while still running shoots.

    The outcome of the battle between these types of groups will determine whether MMA can, like so many other sports, begin to embrace decency and tolerance. It is a more complex version of the battle in the mid-1990s over whether it should be a sport or a spectacle.

    These days the battle lines are about positioning the sport more along the lines of, as our friends in Brazil call it, arte suave, or the soft art, or something vulgar, crude, ugly, nasty, and, thus, socially dysfunctional.

    This is entirely different from the issue of financial and TV ratings’ success. Jerry Springer, Vince McMahon, ad nauseam have become quite wealthy peddling garbage. The question is whether MMA will play a socially positive or negative role.

    Decency and tolerance are not incompatible with fighting sports. Instruction in most martial arts and combat sports emphasizes values like respect, honor, dedication, hard work, modesty, honesty, cooperation, and discipline. It is mostly on the professional level, where the exploiters abound, that the culture of greed, selfishness, disrespect, dishonesty, arrogance, and parasitism often flourishes.

    So can there be decency and tolerance in MMA? One would think that with the current alignment of forces, they are the underdogs. But who would have thought back when Emile Griffith was in his prime as a fighter, that with his sexuality more or less common knowledge, he would now be feted as a legend?

    This battle over decency and tolerance is still raging. What will YOU do about it?

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    Eddie Goldman, Scoop Malinowski, Sean Sullivan, and Glenn Leslie Talk Boxing on Joey Reynolds Show 

    Eddie Goldman of No Holds Barred and SecondsOut Radio was joined by Scoop Malinowski, author of Heavyweight Armageddon: The Tyson-Lewis Championship Battle, Sean Sullivan, editor of Boxing Digest, and boxing aficionado Glenn Leslie as guests on the nationally-syndicated "Joey Reynolds Show" late Monday night/early Tuesday morning, March 30/31. Eddie Goldman is also the boxing correspondent for the "Joey Reynolds Show".

    What ensued was a lively and poignant discussion about a sport which all of us love, boxing, but which is enormously troubled today. We talked about numerous topics including the state of the heavyweight division, which recent fights and fighters have been the most noteworthy, the confusing existence of more than one champion in each weight class, the role of women's boxing, the role of the media, and much more, including the topic of Scoop Malinowski's book, the 2002 heavyweight title fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson.

    You can play or download this here.

    The "Joey Reynolds Show" is a national radio broadcast in New York on WOR 710 AM and on 100 other stations via the WOR Network. The show airs live beginning at midnight ET and runs to 5 AM ET. For more information on the "Joey Reynolds Show", go here.

    For more information on show producer Myra Chanin, go to http://motherwonderful.com/.

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    Wednesday, April 01, 2009

    No Holds Barred: Frank Shamrock 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with the legendary mixed martial arts fighter, Frank Shamrock.

    The next fight for Frank is on Saturday, April 11, against Nick Diaz in the main event of a Strikeforce mixed martial arts card at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. This card will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime. This fight will be at a catch-weight of179 pounds.

    In another lengthy interview, we discuss what to expect in this fight with Nick Diaz, the role and level of striking in mixed martial arts today, why Frank desires to move on from MMA to professional boxing, the possibility of a long-awaited rematch with Tito Ortiz, his experiences in Pancrase, the appeal of the art of that style, the EliteXC debacle, and much more.

    You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

    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:

    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.

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

    Wrestling 411, providing coverage of the sport of wrestling on TV, the Internet, and radio. Wrestling 411 is produced by Media Sports Productions, whose sole mission is the marketing and promotion of the sport of wrestling.

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    Tuesday, March 31, 2009

    No Holds Barred: Polly Gone of Gotham Girls Roller Derby and Bone Crawford of Derby News Network 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman reports from the season opener of the WFTDA national champion Gotham Girls Roller Derby, whose all-star team defeated the Boston Massacre 188-44 in Brooklyn, New York.

    After the game, we spoke with Polly Gone, one of the newer members of Gotham Girls Roller Derby, about this bout and her own attraction to the fastest-growing sport in America, roller derby. To highlight the growth of this new sport's media, we spoke with Bone Crawford of Derby News Network, who was there covering this event.

    You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

    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:

    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.

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

    Wrestling 411, providing coverage of the sport of wrestling on TV, the Internet, and radio. Wrestling 411 is produced by Media Sports Productions, whose sole mission is the marketing and promotion of the sport of wrestling.

    Fair Deal for Atlantic City Dealers, a campaign organized by an alliance of casino workers and unions in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to fight for justice in the gaming industry and achieve a fair deal for all casino workers.

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    Sunday, March 29, 2009

    SecondsOut Radio: Holt-Bradley Preview; More on Khan-Barrera, Margarito Hand Wrap, and Heavyweight Controversies 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman once again discusses some of the good and bad going on in boxing.

    We begin with the ever-burgeoning negative side. We follow up on the commentaries of the past two weeks on this show by Dr. Margaret Goodman, focusing again on why the March 14 fight between Amir Khan and Marco Antonio Barrera should have been stopped far sooner than it was because of a severe cut on Barrera's forehead due to an accidental head clash in the first round. We discuss the latest findings in the Antonio Margarito-Javier Capetillo hand wrap scandal, where authorities in California have officially revealed that the hand wraps they were attempting to use against Shane Mosley in their January 24 fight contained calcium and sulfur, two key ingredients of plaster of Paris. We explain that while lifetime bans of Margarito and Capetillo might be justified in this case, there is, unfortunately and incredibly, no central body in boxing which has the authority to issue such a ban. And we also discuss how the American boxing establishment has let the marquee division in boxing, the heavyweights, slip right through their hands and end up centered in Europe.

    On the positive side, we preview the important 140-pound title unification fight between WBO champion Kendall Holt (25-2, 13 KOs) and WBC champion Timothy Bradley (23-0, 11 KOs). This fight, between these two Americans, will take place Saturday, April 4, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It will be telecast live in the U.S. on Showtime.

    We spoke with both Kendall Holt and Timothy Bradley to get their views on what they expect to happen in this fight.

    It is free to listen to or download SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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