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Friday, April 09, 2010

No Holds Barred: Ricardo Liborio 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again has the pleasure of speaking with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling legend Ricardo Liborio.

Ricardo Liborio is the co-owner and head instructor for American Top Team, and also the head coach of the USA Grappling team.

In another lengthy discussion, we reviewed the April 8 Bellator Fighting Championships card in Hollywood, Florida, which Liborio attended and had fighters competing. We discussed both the televised fights and the victorious performances of Roger Huerta, Joe Warren, and Georgi Karakhanyan, as well as the undercard victories of Chris Manuel and Edson Diniz.

We also got an update on the health situation of American Top Team fighter Thiago "Pitbull" Alves, who was pulled from a recent UFC card following a medical test which showed a brain irregularity. He will be returning to action shortly, and we learn more about what happened to him.

In addition, we discussed the sport of grappling, and its prospects for being added to the program of the Olympic Games. Liborio explained what changes he believes must be made to improve the organization of the sport, the need to grow it on the grassroots level, 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/.

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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Thursday, April 08, 2010

No Holds Barred: Bellator TV Deal, Cuban Style and MMA 

(Eddie Goldman and Joel Casamayor in New York, Nov. 7, 2007. Photo by Keisha Morrisey.)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the problems with the television deal of the Bellator Fighting Championships on Fox Sports Net, and what to expect from the "Cuban style" of fighting promised by "King" Mo Lawal in his April 17 Strikeforce mixed martial arts fight with Gegard Mousasi, which will be shown in the U.S., on CBS.

We begin by noting how, in most markets in the U.S., the Bellator show of April 8, their first of 2010, will only be aired on tape delay. We discuss how this greatly hurts their overall plans to become a successful national mixed martial arts promotion. And we critique the failed model in mixed martial arts of trying to create standalone national promotions, similar to those which have existed in the fake pro "wrestling".

When "King" Mo Lawal stated on a media conference call this week that he would be using a "Cuban style" against Gegard Mousasi, almost no one in the so-called mixed martial arts "media" had any clue about what he was talking, since they are willfully ignorant of the sport of wrestling where so many Cuban athletes have excelled. Few also have any familiarity with the many great Cuban boxers, both professional and amateur, who have done so well. We thus shed a little light on the history of a few of these top Cuban combat sports champions, and urge serious fans of mixed martial arts to educate themselves about the styles of combat sports which together form the basis of mixed martial arts.

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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Monday, April 05, 2010

No Holds Barred: Joey Reynolds, Roger Huerta, Haye-Ruiz and Hopkins-Jones Reviews 


(Joey Reynolds during last WOR radio show, April 2, 2010. Photo by Eddie Goldman.)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman presents discussions with radio legend Joey Reynolds and mixed martial arts fighter Roger Huerta, and reviews the David Haye-John Ruiz and Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones Jr. fights from this past Saturday, April 3.

We begin with a commentary on the significance of the cancellation of the Joey Reynolds Show after 14 years on WOR 710 AM radio in New York, and just what this show really meant to many people. This show, which was syndicated all across the U.S., was perhaps the last of the live, mainstream, entertainment radio talk shows which were broadcast overnight and followed by generations of listeners. Joey is a big fan of boxing, and over the years many boxers and people from the world of boxing were guests on his show, including myself as the boxing correspondent. Now a syndicated show will be piped in to replace it, another sign of the destructive effects of radio consolidation. Arrangements are underway for Joey Reynolds to return with a TV show, although right now nothing has been finalized.

We thus play an excerpt from the last Joey Reynolds Show on WOR, recorded Friday, April 2, with Joey having that last discussion about No Holds Barred, the Internet, and boxing.

Next, we discuss one of the best heavyweight boxing title fights of recent years, and one of the worst pay-per-view main events of all time.

The successful defense of his WBA heavyweight title by David Haye against veteran John Ruiz proved that Haye, the former unified cruiserweight champion, has the power to defeat an accomplished heavyweight. After several knockdowns, including a slew of fouls, the white towel was waved in the ninth round, and Haye had scored a TKO victory, the first stoppage of Ruiz since 1996.

Many of us warned that the Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones Jr. rematch was not only taking place many years after it should have, but that this fight between these two aged warriors should not have taken place in 2010. Those who had the misfortune of watching it saw little action, except repeated fouls which left Hopkins on the canvas several times. Hopkins otherwise dominated, but was just too old to hurt properly the overly-defensive and fragile Jones. Both landed in the hospital after this almost non-fight, and hopefully both will now retire as fighters, although we unfortunately doubt that will happen.

After those discussions, we move to consider the fate of the Bellator Fighting Championships, whose second season begins this Thursday, April 8, with a card in Hollywood, Florida. This will be televised live in the U.S. on Fox Sports Net, although some will not be able to see it live, such as those in New York where a hockey game is being shown on the local affiliate.

On a recent media teleconference, we spoke with Roger Huerta, the star fighter who makes his Bellator debut April 8 in the opening round of their 155-pound tournament. We discussed his determination to make his comeback to fighting after a layoff and two losses in UFC a success, and why he expects finally to achieve his potential as a fighter.

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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