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Saturday, March 27, 2010

No Holds Barred: Mikey Burnett, Fighter 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the legendary mixed martial arts fighter Mikey Burnett.

A veteran of the UFC in the 1990s and a member of the world-renowned Lion's Den, Mikey tried a return to action on "The Ultimate Fighter" television show in 2006, but with very disappointing results. Injuries ended his comeback, which are now the subject of a lawsuit.

Despite these injuries, Mikey continues to stay active, as co-owner and a trainer at the Oklahoma Fight Club in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, near Tulsa.

We spoke with Mikey by telephone Friday afternoon, beginning with a little fun chat about country music, of which we are both fans. But this lengthy discussion mainly focused on his fighting career and his plans, including the controversy around his appearance on "The Ultimate Fighter". He explained the type of pain he has to endure, which is the result of the injuries he suffered while fighting, and how he copes with it. We discussed the culture on that show which led to his antics on it. He stressed that he never wanted to file a lawsuit, but explained why he felt it was necessary. He told us of his current activities, including his training in jiu-jitsu to go with his background in boxing, wrestling, and submission fighting, and much more.

This is the type of story which is among the most important in mixed martial arts, about the real life of a real fighter, and we have it for you right here on No Holds Barred.

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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:

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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/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

No Holds Barred: John Perretti on the Glory of Wrestling 


(Photo of 2010 NCAA Div. I individual wrestling champions by Bob Mayeri/No Holds Barred)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with the legendary matchmaker and martial artist, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti.

This past weekend, like so many others in many capacities in the combat sports, we both watched the telecast of the 2010 NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championships. We use an analysis of that event, which John Perretti said left him "incredibly impressed," as a starting point to discuss wrestling, wrestlers, mixed martial arts, and the combat sports in general.

Among the topics we discuss are the awesome athleticism of the top college wrestlers, some of the most notable wrestlers from this event, the little-noted story of the passion of the coaches, controversies and confusion over college wrestling rules such as riding time and stalling, and the advantages wrestlers from outside the U.S. have in international competition because they train in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling exclusively and not the American folkstyle which is used in the schools and colleges in America. We also discuss the transition of wrestlers into mixed martial arts, citing positive and negative lessons from the experiences of some of those world-class wrestlers who have attempted that transition. And we note some of the problems with the television production of this event which prevented its full appreciation by the viewers, as well as 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/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.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 21, 2010

No Holds Barred: Amir Khan, Paulie Malignaggi, Arthur Abraham, Andre Dirrell, Kristal Hart, Weekend Boxing Review 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman previews the May 15 Amir Khan-Paulie Malignaggi fight and the March 27 Arthur Abraham -Andre Dirrell fight, and reviews the major boxing action from this past weekend, including the twelfth-round knockout by Wladimir Klitschko of Eddie Chambers.

Wladimir Klitschko, the holder of two of the major heavyweight titles, and generally regarded as the best of the weak heavyweight division, punctuated another dominant performance by closing the show Saturday, March 20, in Dusseldorf, Germany, with a stunning knockout of challenger Eddie Chambers with just seconds remaining in their fight. We comment on that fight, as well as the state of the heavyweight division. We also discuss the brutal first-round knockout by welterweight Randall Bailey of Jackson Bonsu in Belgium, the horrifying absence of any medical assistance for Bonsu in the ring after the knockout, the victory by junior middleweight Sechew Powell in his rematch with Deandre Latimore, and the blimp-like physique of heavyweight contender and Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis.

This past Tuesday, at a news conference at Madison Square Garden in New York, we spoke with WBA 140-pound champion Amir Khan and challenger Paulie Malignaggi. They will fight there Saturday, May 15. The careers of both fighters are on the rebound after recent losses, and we asked them how they have been changing their approaches to fighting. We also previewed this fight with our colleague Kristal Hart of the Kristal Hart Show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network.

This coming Saturday, March 27, the Super Six super middleweight tournament enters its second round, as the unbeaten Arthur Abraham takes on Andre Dirrell at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. This will be shown live on Showtime in the U.S. We spoke with both fighters on a recent media conference call to get their views on what to expect in this important fight.

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/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

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

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