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Thursday, August 26, 2010

No Holds Barred: Kevin Jackson on King Mo, Bobby Lashley, Wrestlers, and MMA 


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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion freestyle wrestler, and former mixed martial arts fighter, Kevin Jackson, who is the head wrestling coach for the legendary Iowa State Cyclones.

Two of the top-level wrestlers he trained while at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, "King" Mo Lawal and Bobby Lashley, both suffered their first professional defeats in mixed martial arts on the August 21 Strikeforce card.

We thus spoke on Thursday afternoon about what went wrong in their fights. Coach Jackson explained the technical errors they made in their fights, what may have been mistakes they made in their training in preparation for these fights, and why a seminar for elite wrestlers who have become mixed martial arts fighters would be helpful. He also argued that the wrestling community should regard these former wrestlers who are now fighters as "heroes", how an opportunity to do so has thus far been lost, and more.

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