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    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    No Holds Barred: Keisha Morrisey and Bob Carson Critique Strikeforce and HBO Boxing, and Analyze Shine Fights Cancellation 

    (Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman had a late night discussion with two of our correspondents, Keisha Morrisey and Bob Carson, about the fight festivities from Saturday night, May 15. Right after these shows concluded, we spoke about the Strikeforce card from St. Louis shown on Showtime, the HBO boxing card from New York headlined by the Amir Khan-Paulie Malignaggi fight, and the cancellation of the Shine Fights mixed martial arts card which was supposed to feature former champion boxer Ricardo Mayorga against mixed martial arts veteran Din Thomas.

    Who is chiefly to blame for the cancellation of the Shine Fights card following an injunction granted to Don King against this card because of a claim that his company has exclusive rights to promote the fights of Mayorga? Which card was better between the Strikeforce-Showtime card and the HBO boxing card? Will Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, who stopped Brett Rogers in the first round of their fight Saturday, ever fight top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko? Should fighters in mixed martial arts and boxing insist on drug testing based on the protocols of the World Anti-Doping Agency? What do we think of the various athletic commissions, which use different tests if any at all? Are fighters with steroid-laden bodies effective or even sexy? What is next for Strikeforce? How impressive was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu great Roger Gracie, who submitted Kevin Randleman in the second round of their fight with a rear naked choke, in his Strikeforce and American debut? Why is the promotion of boxing to the public so awful?

    These and other key questions are answered in our discussion, which is almost like hanging out after the fights and chatting with our trio of combat sports aficionados.

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