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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

No Holds Barred: John Perretti on Cyborg-Carano, Fighter Safety in MMA, and More 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with the legendary former UFC and Extreme Fighting matchmaker, promoter, announcer, and martial artist, and our senior correspondent on this show, John Perretti.

In a landmark discussion, a critical look at the level of technique in the Cris "Cyborg" Santos-Gina Carano mixed martial arts fight on the August 15 Strikeforce card is offered. Cyborg dominated that fight and scored a TKO victory at 4:59 of the first round.

But there are deeper issues as well, as John explains what the role of a matchmaker should be, both in evaluating fighters and finding new ones. We discuss what happens to fighters as they age, both in mixed martial arts and boxing, and the effect on them of the accumulation of blows.

We also reopen a longstanding controversy by revisiting the question of which sport is safer for its fighters, mixed martial arts or boxing. Most people in mixed martial arts have long argued that it is safer than boxing, but changes in both the technique and matchmaking in mixed martial arts have led to many changes in that sport. The current opinion of John Perretti, a pioneer in mixed martial arts who in both Extreme Fighting and later in the UFC came up with the basic structure of modern mixed martial arts, might surprise many people.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

No Holds Barred: Scott Coker and Bob Carson on Cyborg-Carano and Strikeforce 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman reviews the August 15 Strikeforce mixed martial arts card in separate interviews with Strikeforce founder and CEO Scott Coker, and with our colleague and correspondent Bob Carson, who is also the host of the Carson's Corner podcast.

In the main event of a thrilling card, and the most important fight in the history of women's mixed martial arts, Cris "Cyborg" Santos scored a brutal TKO over Gina Carano at 4:59 of the first round before a packed, enthusiastic crowd of 13,524 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and shown in the U.S. on Showtime. Cyborg thus won the new Strikeforce women's 145-pound belt. Also on that card, Gegard Mousasi, in his U.S. debut, won his 13th consecutive fight and the Strikeforce light heavyweight title by destroying defending champion Renato "Babalu" Sobral at just 1:00 of the first round by a TKO.

We discussed with Scott Coker what at this early stage we can expect the next moves of Strikeforce to be with their star fighters, including Cris "Cyborg" Santos and Gegard Mousasi, and the top heavyweight and pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko.

We next analyzed with Bob Carson the fights on this card, and explained why Strikeforce does such a good job as a mixed martial arts promotion. We also criticized the coverage of the August 15 Strikeforce card by much of the so-called mixed martial arts "media", which approached it largely like it was a version of the fake pro "wrestling" or some type of beauty pageant involving female fighters Cris "Cyborg" Santos and Gina Carano. And we emphasized that despite more limited resources than some others, Strikeforce now has the top men's mixed martial arts fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko, the top women's mixed martial arts fighter in the world, Cris "Cyborg" Santos, and the top rising star mixed martial arts fighter in the world, Gegard Mousasi.

Both these interviews are candid and direct, and you do not want to miss them.

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 Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

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.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

GRACIEMAG, the most reliable source of information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. GRACIEMAG represents Jiu-Jitsu philosophy and features news, profiles, history, photos, videos, and tips and secrets of the mother of all martial arts. Published since 1996 in Brazil, GRACIEMAG: The Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle, is in both English and Portuguese, and is also online at GRACIEMAG.com.

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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