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Thursday, May 13, 2010

No Holds Barred: Alistair Overeem, Brett Rogers, Ricardo Mayorga, Din Thomas, Roger Gracie, Kevin Randleman, Andrei Arlovski, Devin Price, Mike Marley 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman presents a critical preview of the Strikeforce and Shine Fights mixed martial arts cards scheduled for this Saturday, May 15.

The Strikeforce show takes place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and will be telecast live in the U.S. on Showtime. The main event will feature Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, defending his title for the first time in over two years, against Brett Rogers. Also on the televised card, heavyweight Andrei Arlovski fights Antonio "Big Foot" Silva, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling sensation Roger Gracie takes on former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman in a light heavyweight bout.

The Shine Fights card takes place at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and will be telecast on pay-per-view in the U.S. and Canada. Its main event is an old school, style vs. style fight, as former boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga makes his mixed martial arts debut against American Top Team veteran Din Thomas, at a catch weight of 160 pounds.

On a series of media conference calls, we spoke with Alistair Overeem, Brett Rogers, Roger Gracie, Kevin Randleman, and Andrei Arlovski, about their fights and related issues.

We spoke with Ricardo Mayorga and Din Thomas at a New York news conference last month about what to expect in their fights. We also spoke with Shine Fights CEO Devin Price about their business model, and journalist/publicist Mike Marley about the relation between boxing and mixed martial arts.

We also provide the kind of commentary you expect on No Holds Barred, where we tell it like it is regarding numerous problems in mixed martial arts, including the absence of state-of-the-art drug-testing, the growing number of thug-like incidents and use of trash-talking, the questionable business models of Shine Fights and also Bellator, and more.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

No Holds Barred: John Fahey of WADA on Boxing, Williams-Cintron Chaos, Pacquiao the Politician 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses a number of issues in boxing, including the need for the sport to adopt Olympic-style anti-doping procedures, and the chaos coming out of the abbreviated Paul Williams-Kermit Cintron fight this past Saturday.

There was an international media conference call Monday, May 10, with John Fahey, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). On it we asked him to comment on the use of WADA procedures for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Shane Mosley fight, and what can be done to make those standard for professional boxing. He was optimistic that this might be accomplished by the numerous bodies governing boxing.

We next address the recent congressional election campaign in the Philippines by one of the fiercest opponents of such anti-doping procedures, Manny Pacquiao. While we do not yet have official results for that election, we do discuss a report from that campaign which raises interesting concerns about Pacquiao. And we wonder what type of politician Pacquiao, with his stated opposition to the anti-doping procedures used in the Olympics and many other sporting events around the world, will make if he is elected.

It was another disastrous night for the sport of boxing this past Saturday, May 8, as Paul Williams was awarded a technical decision after his opponent, Kermit Cintron, tripped over him early in the fourth round, fell through the ropes and onto the floor, and was not allowed by the ringside physicians to continue fighting. Unlike the unified rules of boxing or those used by the major sanctioning bodies, the California state rules allow for such decisions even though four rounds had not yet been completed. These absurd and unjust rules, along with a ring from which it was so easy to fall out and land on the floor, just gave people more reasons not to waste their time with this sport.

We also discuss how boxing writers Michael Katz and John Chavez have been correct, at least at times, in their exposures of various figures in the boxing establishment, and why we will not be at the Khan-Malignaggi fight this coming Saturday. And we close with a denunciation of the return to the ring this past weekend in Mexico of our modern-day Luis Resto, Antonio Margarito, who lost his boxing license after being caught loading his gloves last year before a fight with Shane Mosley.

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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