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Thursday, October 15, 2009

No Holds Barred: Why Boxing Is A Bad Lover; Arthur Abraham-Jermain Taylor, Carl Froch-Andre Dirrell World Boxing Classic Previews 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman begins by lamenting how the abject failure of the boxing establishment to adapt to the latest online video technology has made this sport the hardest combat sport to love.

The October 10 Juan Manuel Lopez-Rogers Mtagwa fight is widely being hailed as a Fight of the Year candidate, but was only televised on an independent pay-per-view in the U.S. It is now available for free on YouTube, although it was not posted by the promoters. Thus, as we explain, for fight fans to watch the great fights from around the world and to be able to afford to do so, they must be able to use sites like YouTube, SopCast, DeliCast, WWITV, TVU, Livestation, KeyHoleTV, and the MyP2P and AllP2P forums. We list the top fights around the world remaining for this season, and encourage fans to learn how to use the existing technology, even if the boxing promoters continue on their path to extinction.

This coming Saturday, October 17, the two opening fights in the highly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic take place. This round-robin tournament pits six of the top super middleweights against each other, including the two top belt holders, four undefeated fighters, and three Europeans and three Americans. The winner will no doubt be recognized as the champion of the world in the super middleweight division.

On that date, undefeated former middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) of Berlin, Germany, will face former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) of Little Rock, Ark., at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) of Nottingham, England, will fight Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) of Flint, Mich., from the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England. These fights will be televised on Showtime in the U.S., Primetime pay-per-view on Sky in the UK, and ARD in Germany.

We spoke with these four fighters, Carl Froch and Andre Dirrell, and Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor, on recent media conference calls to get their views on their careers and what to expect in their fights October 17.

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:

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

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/.

MMA World Expo, an event designed for the mixed martial arts community offering hands-on instruction from professional trainers and athletes, educational sessions with the who's who of the MMA world, and an exhibit hall filled with the industry's top suppliers and services. MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, October 24th, and Sunday, October 25th, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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.

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.

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

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

No Holds Barred: Tyron Woodley 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the unbeaten mixed martial arts fighter and two-time All-American wrestler and Big 12 wrestling champion from the University of Missouri, Tyron Woodley.

While many champion wrestlers have been competing in the mixed martial arts, few have become complete fighters who have mastered the major grappling and striking techniques which are the foundation of the mixed martial arts. In only four professional fights, however, Tyron Woodley has demonstrated that he is taking a different path. This former college wrestling star is striving not only to avoid submissions while adding striking to his wrestling, but also to be a total fighter.

In his most recent fight, on the September 25 Strikeforce Challengers show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and televised in the U.S. on Showtime, Tyron Woodley faced a veteran mixed martial arts fighter, Zach Light, who also had a notable wrestling background. A native of the great wrestling state of Iowa, Zach Light had been a two-time high school state wrestling champion there as well as an All-American at Ellsworth Community College.

But the night belonged to Tyron Woodley, as he dominated the fight before ending it with an arm bar submission at 3:38 of the second round. His record now stands at 4-0, with all four wins coming by submission.

We spoke with Tyron Woodley about his latest victory, his transition from wrestling to mixed martial arts, and why he stopped wrestling. We discussed his positive experience with Strikeforce as a fighter. He explained why he believes that he was not chosen for "The Ultimate Fighter" television show: because he would not act like a "moron". We discussed his training with the world-renowned American Top Team, as well as at St. Charles MMA in St. Charles, Missouri, near where he lives. We also spoke about his graduate studies and his goals outside of combat sports, 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 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:

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

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/.

MMA World Expo, an event designed for the mixed martial arts community offering hands-on instruction from professional trainers and athletes, educational sessions with the who's who of the MMA world, and an exhibit hall filled with the industry's top suppliers and services. MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, October 24th, and Sunday, October 25th, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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.

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.

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

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

No Holds Barred: Juan Manuel Lopez-Rogers Mtagwa Fight of the Year Candidate Review 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses what was supposed to be a sleepy weekend for boxing filled with one-sided showcase fights, which ended up featuring top candidates for the upset of the year and the fight of the year -- neither of which, however, were easily accessible on television.

Super featherweight Jorge Linares of Venezuela, called by many the "future of boxing", had recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions after being based in Japan, and was supposed to have a final showcase fight in Tokyo Saturday, October 10, with Juan Carlos Salgado of Mexico before starting to spend most of his time in the ring in America. Salgado went into this fight unbeaten, but had never faced a top fighter like Linares. Nonetheless, a Salgado left hook early in the first round caught Linares flush and dropped him hard. While he was able to get up, he was badly hurt, and Salgado resumed the fight by rushing across the ring to end the job. It was over in just 1:13 of the first round, with the unbeaten record and title belt of Linares gone, and his own future in doubt.

On the other side of the world, also on Saturday, October 10, Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico, another fighter already anointed the "future of boxing", was slated for a showcase fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, to defend his 122-pound title against scrappy journeyman Rogers Mtagwa, originally from Tanzania and now from Philadelphia. A tough fight was expected, as Mtagwa was already in a 2008 Fight of the Year candidate when he came back from almost being stopped in the ninth round to knock out Tomas Villa in the tenth. The idea was for Lopez to win, and later move up to featherweight to face 2004 Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba and Miami, who is also unbeaten as a pro and was also in a showcase fight on this card.

The Lopez-Mtagwa fight, however, turned into a brawl far wilder and closer than either Lopez of his promoters, Top Rank, had anticipated. While Lopez won the earlier rounds, Mtagwa kept throwing and landing bombs, and more effectively as the fight proceeded. Mtagwa almost had Lopez out in the 11th round, and dominated in the 12th round. Lopez survived, but when the unanimous decision in his favor was announced, many in what had been a pro-Lopez crowd booed the decision.

After the fight, we had a chance to get the comments of both Juan Manuel Lopez and Rogers Mtagwa. We also got postfight comments from other fighters on this card, including Yuriorkis Gamboa, who scored a fourth-round TKO over Whyber Garcia of Panama; heavyweight Odlanier Solis of Cuba, who knocked out Monte Barrett of New York in the second round; super welterweight Pawel Wolak of Poland and now New Jersey, who stopped Carlos Nascimento of Brazil after five rounds; and middleweight John Duddy of Ireland and New York, who won a unanimous decision over Jorge Munoz of Kansas.

Plus, right outside the Garden after the fights, we summed up the evening with New York television host Kristal Hart.

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:

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

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/.

MMA World Expo, an event designed for the mixed martial arts community offering hands-on instruction from professional trainers and athletes, educational sessions with the who's who of the MMA world, and an exhibit hall filled with the industry's top suppliers and services. MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, October 24th, and Sunday, October 25th, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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.

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.

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

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