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Monday, April 06, 2009
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing the theme of the 2007 article "Can There Be Decency and Tolerance in Mixed Martial Arts?" in light of the recent scandal involving the homophobic, misogynistic, and feeble-minded remarks of "U"FC president Dana White in a video blog. Our conclusion is that in virtually any other sport or even area of society, White would have been fired on the spot. We therefore must call for him to be immediately fired. We also criticize those journalists, including some who have come under White's fire, who are still incredibly arguing that he has "done a tremendous amount of good" and even "great things" for mixed martial arts, even though he led the "U"FC down the path of imitating the dangerous and disgraceful spectacle of the fake pro "wrestling".
Next we get the comments of a real mixed martial arts legend, Frank Shamrock, who fights 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. We spoke with Frank on a media conference call this past week.
In our main interview, we speak with our colleague Kid Peligro about the 2009 Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which was held March 27-29 in Carson, California. Kid is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, a senior contributing editor at the ADCC News, and a correspondent on this show.
In a lengthy interview, we discuss the rising star of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Antonio Braga Neto, who won both the super heavyweight and absolute black belt divisions, as well as the rest of the results at this tournament. And we discuss what is the latest in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling, and much more.
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Sunday, April 05, 2009
SecondsOut Radio: Weekend Fight Critiques Including Bradley-Holt and Lightweight Pay-Per-View, and Williams-Wright and Arreola-McCline Previews
On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by critiquing the major fights of this past weekend, and explaining what they really meant. Plus, we focus upon how the promoters and television networks did or did not bother to adjust to the continuing economic crisis.
We discuss the Randall Bailey-Frankie Figueroa 140-pound title eliminator in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Friday, April 3, on ESPN2, won by Bailey with a stunning one-punch, fourth-round knockout; the Alexander Povetkin-Jason Estrada heavyweight fight in Düsseldorf, Germany, Sat., April 4, on ARD, won by Povetkin by a lackluster decision; the Timothy Bradley-Kendall Holt 140-pound WBC/WBO title unification fight in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Sat., April 4, on Showtime, won by Bradley by unanimous decision; and the lightweight pay-per-view fights from Austin, Texas, USA, Sat., April 4, including Edwin Valero stopping Antonio Pitalua in two rounds to win the vacant WBC belt, Michael Katsidis defeating Jesus Chavez when Chavez did not answer the bell after the seventh round, and Vicente Escobedo winning an entertaining ten-round decision over Carlos Hernandez.
This coming Saturday, April 11, two of the most-avoided fighters in boxing will face each other. Paul Williams, this time fighting as a middleweight, will take on the veteran Winky Wright in the main event of a card which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, and telecast live in the USA on HBO. The co-feature will be a 12-round heavyweight fight between contender Chris Arreola and the veteran former title challenger, Jameel McCline. We had a chance to speak with Paul Williams, Winky Wright, and Chris Arreola on recent media conference calls.
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Labels: boxing, Carlos Hernandez, Chris Arreola, Eddie Goldman, Edwin Valero, Frankie Figueroa, Kendall Holt, Paul Williams, Randall Bailey, SecondsOut Radio, Timothy Bradley, Vicente Escobedo, Winky Wright