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Saturday, March 13, 2010

No Holds Barred: Scott Coker, CEO of Strikeforce 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Scott Coker, the CEO and founder of the Strikeforce mixed martial arts promotion.

There has been much said and written about the next events which Strikeforce will be having, and not all of it is based on fact. Some of it is downright misleading and hopelessly biased. So we decided to speak to the man himself about what Strikeforce is planning in order to get the truth.

After a Strikeforce Challengers event on Showtime on March 26 in Fresno, California, Strikeforce will return to CBS Saturday, April 17, with three title fights on a card at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Headlining that card will be the Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields taking on the former Pride two-division champion and a two-time U.S. Olympian in Greco-Roman wrestling, Dan Henderson. Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi will defend his belt against the unbeaten "King" Mo Lawal. And Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will fight the Dream champion and submission master, Shinya Aoki of Japan, for the Strikeforce belt.

We spoke with Scott Coker not only about the importance of this loaded card, but also how it will definitely take place April 17 in Nashville and be shown live in the U.S. on CBS. We discussed their plans for their next major show, which will be May 15 from St. Louis, Missouri, and shown on Showtime, headlined by Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem fighting Brett Rogers, with more details on the title situation in that fight to be announced shortly.

We also discussed when he expects the top heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko, to return to action in Strikeforce, and the status of the co-promotion arrangement between Strikeforce and M-1 Global, of which Fedor is a partner. We talked about the overall importance of co-promotion in mixed martial arts, and the branding situation, where M-1 Global wanted it made clearer than it had been that they were co-promoting events with Strikeforce. And we discussed possible opponents for Fedor, including the colorful but controversial Josh Barnett, who is currently under suspension for a doping violation, and much more.

So you need not waste time with the rumor-mongers or purveyors of misinformation, because once we again we have the truth for you, 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/.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Eddie Goldman and Ron Scott Stevens on Joey Reynolds Show 


Eddie Goldman of No Holds Barred and Ron Scott Stevens, former chair of the New York State Athletic Commission and a playwright, were guests on the nationally-syndicated "Joey Reynolds Show" late Thursday night/early Friday morning, March 11/12.

We had another lively, informative, and fun discussion not only, of course, about boxing, but also numerous other topics, some related and others not. Joey talked about the continuing woes facing society when there are so many people with no jobs, Eddie explained why he is very positive about the growing sport of roller derby, and Ron outlined his history as a playwright and boxing official. We discussed the problems of steroids and illegal and dangerous drugs in all of sports, and how they harm the health of the athletes. We noted how the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight this Saturday, March 13, at Cowboys Stadium in Texas, is taking place in a state with no mandatory drug testing, and how the refusal of Pacquiao to take state-of-the-art, Olympic-style blood testing for doping led to the cancellation of a proposed mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Ron also revealed that he wants to bring boxing to the new Nets' arena in Brooklyn, where he lives, and Eddie confirmed that he is indeed not just a sports journalist but a cultural critic.

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The "Joey Reynolds Show" is a national radio broadcast in New York on WOR 710 AM and on 100 other stations via the WOR Network. The show airs live beginning at 1 AM ET and runs to 5 AM ET. The show will soon be moving to television, so stay tuned for more details.

For more information on show producer Myra Chanin, go to http://motherwonderful.com/.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal 


(Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with the undefeated mixed martial arts fighter, and freestyle and college wrestling champion, "King" Mo Lawal.

With a record of 6-0 with 5 KOs, Mo Lawal will be getting what he has asked for on Saturday, April 17: a title shot against Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi (28-2-1). This will be one of three title fights on that Strikeforce card, which takes place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, and will be broadcast live in the U.S. on CBS.

We spoke with Mo Lawal Monday night to get his take on what to expect in this fight. Confident, candid, and calm, he stated his case why he believes that he will emerge victorious in it. He explained what lessons he has drawn from the recent victories by Mousasi, and why he believes that his overall technique and athleticism are superior. As always, we also discussed some boxing and wrestling, and the status of his plans to compete in both while still fighting in mixed martial arts, as well as other issues related to the combat sports.

This interview reveals the real Mo Lawal, and is essential to understanding the mindset of a fighter many consider to be a blossoming star.

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, March 07, 2010

No Holds Barred: A Saturday Review 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman presents a Sunday soliloquy reviewing some of the top combat sports action from Saturday, March 6.

We discuss the brilliant performance of Devon Alexander, who unified two of the 140-pound boxing titles by stopping Juan Urango in the eighth round after landing two devastating uppercuts, the first for a knockdown and the second for the win. We also comment on the decision win for Vic Darchinyan over Rodrigo Guerrero.

In college wrestling, Oklahoma State pulled off the upset by edging Iowa State to win the 2010 Big 12 Wrestling Championships. We discuss some of the top performances from that tournament, including the impressive victory by top 197-pound wrestler Jake Varner of Iowa State.

We also comment on some of the action in mixed martial arts, including the TKO win by Dominick Cruz over Brian Bowles and the submission victory by Joseph Benavidez over Miguel Torres on the WEC show.

And we close by critically discussing some recent articles from The Harvard Crimson and Bleacher Report which question the direction of mixed martial arts from very different directions.

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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