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Friday, December 04, 2009

No Holds Barred: Ricardo Liborio and Gary Abbott on 2009 Grappling World Championships 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling legend Ricardo Liborio and Gary Abbott, the Director of Communications and Special Projects for USA Wrestling, about the 2009 Grappling World Championships.

This event will be held Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

There will also be a free, live webcast of this event on TheMat.com.

During the two days of this event there will be both no-gi and gi competition for men and women. Among the many athletes scheduled to compete are jiu-jitsu world champions Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros and Edson Diniz, ADCC world champion Jeff Monson, Olympic silver medalist freestyle wrestler Sara McMann, two-time NCAA wrestling champion and U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestler Ben Askren, and mixed martial arts fighters Mark Bocek, Din Thomas, Tara LaRosa, Shayna Baszler, and Miesha Tate.

Ricardo Liborio, who is the co-owner and head instructor for American Top Team, and also the head coach of the USA Grappling team which will be competing in this event, will also be giving a free grappling clinic between sessions of the Grappling World Championships on Saturday, December 12.

In a lengthy interview, we all discussed the importance of this world championship event, the strong Brazilian team which will compete in it, the many top American combat sports athletes in it who hope to earn the U.S. a second straight world team title, the pros and cons of the rules of this event, the prospects of grappling being added to the program of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the relation between the different styles of grappling and wrestling, 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/.

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.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

No Holds Barred: Kid Peligro on the Decade in Grappling 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our correspondent and colleague Kid Peligro, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a senior editor of the ADCC News, about the phenomenal growth of grappling in this first decade of this new century.

Besides being the foundation of mixed martial arts, grappling itself is now a sport contested in numerous international, national, regional, and local events. Our discussion reviewed the growth of these events, including the most prestigious of these, the ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship.

We examined where grappling is headed in the next decade, its exponential growth in this decade, how the sport is reaching a critical mass in popularity and participation, and the subsequent increase of prize money for the athletes in these events.

We also discussed the rise of newer organizations, such as FIJJA (Federation International of Jiu-Jitsu Association). With headquarters in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and a head office in Abu Dhabi, FIJJA is setting up an international professional jiu-jitsu circuit. It is organizing the Abu Dhabi Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship and numerous continental and regional qualifiers for that world championship event, which is scheduled to take place April 15-17, 2010, in Abu Dhabi. Their next qualifier, the Abu Dhabi Pro World Trials - Africa, takes place this Saturday, December 5, in Kempton Park, South Africa.

In addition, we discussed the possibility of a grappling event being held during or alongside the 2016 Summer Olympics, which take place in Rio de Janeiro, a great world capital of grappling. And we touched on the lack of an international central body governing all of grappling, the need for the various grappling bodies to work together, and 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/.

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.

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

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

No Holds Barred: Mark Pavelich on the Maximum Fighting Championship 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the colorful and outspoken Mark Pavelich, the owner and president of the mixed martial arts company, the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC).

The next MFC show takes place this Friday, December 4, at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main event features two of the most talented and technical fights in mixed martial arts, Dean Lister and Thales Leites. This card will be televised live throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico on HDNet Fights.

There are few people in the mixed martial arts who are as passionate about the sport as Mark Pavelich. That became crystal clear from the opening moments of our lengthy phone interview, conducted Tuesday afternoon, December 1.

We of course discussed with Mark Pavelich this card, called MFC 23: Unstoppable, and the main event fighters, Dean Lister and Thales Leites. But we mainly delved into his philosophy and practices as a promoter. We discussed the history of the Maximum Fighting Championship, why his business model has been so successful, his eventual plans to run MFC shows in the U.S., his attitude to other mixed martial arts companies, how MFC is primarily a family business, the critical importance of aesthetics for his product to please the fans, why he "hates" the use of a cage in mixed martial arts and uses a ring for his events, his positive attitude to the media both big and small covering his shows, and much more.

This is a landmark interview with a unique individual, so get ready for some more intelligent and important discussion, right here on No Holds Barred.

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/.

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.

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

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

No Holds Barred: Amir Khan-Dmitriy Salita Preview, More on Decline of American Boxing 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman continues chronicling the decline of American boxing by reviewing the fights of this past weekend and previewing the major fights coming up this week.

We discuss the biggest fight of this past weekend, where Koki Kameda captured the IBF flyweight title from Daisuke Naito with a clear-cut unanimous decision in Saitama, Japan. We also discuss the knockout victory by IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute of Librado Andrade and the controversial draw between Joan Guzman and Ali Funeka in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. This coming week will see fights this Wednesday involving Bernard Hopkins against Enrique Ornelas in Philadelphia and Roy Jones Jr. against Danny Green in Sydney, Australia, which is supposed to build up for a decade-late Hopkins-Jones rematch next year. We bemoan the fact that the December 4 fight between noted women fighters Holly Holm and Melissa Hernandez in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has not received much attention. And we discuss the fight Saturday, December 5, between WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck and challenger Ola Afolabi in Germany.

We move on to preview the biggest fight scheduled for next weekend, which will again take place outside the U.S. It will involve WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan of England (21-1, 15 KOs), now trained by Freddie Roach, defending his belt against Dmitriy Salita (30-0-1, 16 KOs), originally from Ukraine and now living in Brooklyn. This fight, which takes place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK, will be on UK pay-per-view, but will not be televised in the U.S.

At a recent New York news conference, we spoke with Dmitriy Salita and his longtime trainer, Jimmy O'Pharrow, who first taught him how to box at the Starrett City Gym in Brooklyn. A confident but respectful Dmitriy Salita predicted victory in this fight. Just as Amir Khan, who is a Muslim, is doing, Dmitriy Salita, who is a Jew, refrained from making this fight into anything other than a sporting contest.

And we close with what HBO is showing instead in the U.S. this Saturday, December 5, a middleweight fight in Atlantic City between Paul Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) and WBC super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez (44-1-2, 24 KOs), who is moving up in weight for this fight.

That is a snapshot of the sorry state of American boxing, along with a preview of the biggest fight in the world this weekend, all on No Holds Barred.

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/.

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.

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

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