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    Saturday, May 22, 2010

    No Holds Barred: Strikeforce Challengers and Moosin Review 

    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman reviews the two mixed martial arts cards which were televised in the U.S. on Friday, May 21, the Strikeforce Challengers card from Portland, Oregon, and the Moosin God of Martial Arts card from Worcester, Massachusetts.

    The Strikeforce card was characterized by competitive fights with more questionable officiating and announcing. For example, Matt Lindland won by third-round TKO over Kevin Casey in a fight which should have been stopped much earlier than it was. The many references to actors from the drug-infested fake pro "wrestling" also polluted the show.

    The most intriguing televised fight of the night took place on the Moosin card, a 130-pound catch weight fight between top women fighters Roxanne Modafferi and Tara LaRosa. This was a close, action-filled fight, won by Modafferi by a three-round split decision. The complete respect each fighter showed the other before and after this battle was remarkable, and should serve as a model for all fighters.

    We discuss this and more, including commentary on the debate on the role of wrestlers and wrestling in mixed martial arts, on this edition of 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/.

    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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    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    No Holds Barred: Israel Vazquez, Rafael Marquez, Ben Askren, Bubba Jenkins 

    (Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime)

    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman combines commentary on mixed martial arts, boxing, and wrestling, with interviews with boxers Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez, wrestler and mixed martial artist Ben Askren, and wrestler Bubba Jenkins.

    We open with commentary on the issue of the lack of a union or association of fighters in both boxing and mixed martial arts, and why organization is so critical in establishing one. We move on to the related issue of the promotion of negative stereotypes in combat sports. We also discuss the relatively low numbers who watched the Strikeforce mixed martial arts card this past Saturday, May 15, on Showtime, headlined by the fight between Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and Brett Rogers, and why that was. We again address the lack of state-of-the-art anti-doping procedures in mixed martial arts and boxing. And we comment once again on the flawed pay-per-view model.

    In boxing, what was a legendary trilogy will now be extended to a fourth fight, as Israel Vazquez (44-4, 33 KOs) faces Rafael Marquez (38-5, 34 KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Their previous fights were the most dramatic and greatest of 2007 and 2008, and this one, at featherweight, will also be shown live in the U.S. on Showtime. We spoke with both Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez on a recent media conference call to hear how they are preparing for what could be another memorable battle.

    Last Thursday, May 13, the Beat the Streets organization, which has been developing numerous wrestling programs for youth in the New York area, especially in the public high schools and middle schools, held a fundraiser on the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York. Several wrestling matches in various styles were featured.

    After them, we spoke with 2008 Olympic freestyle wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter Ben Askren, who defeated Moza Fay in two periods in a freestyle match at this event, about his actively competing in wrestling and mixed martial arts at the same time. Ben Askren will be fighting May 20 in Grand Prairie, Texas, for the Bellator Fighting Championships in the semifinals of their welterweight tournament. His opponent will be Ryan Thomas, whom he defeated in the quarterfinals by a controversial technical submission. Thomas was a substitute when an opening developed later in the quarters and won that fight, so this will be a rematch.

    We also spoke with wrestler Bubba Jenkins, a 2007 junior world freestyle champion, a 2008 NCAA runner-up for Penn State, and a 2010 University Nationals freestyle champion. He was in the main event of the Beat the Streets card, facing the wrestler who defeated him in those 2008 finals, two-time NCAA champion Brent Metcalf, who finished his college career at the University of Iowa and is now focusing on freestyle wrestling. Metcalf was once again victorious, this time under freestyle rules. We discussed this match Bubba Jenkins, his transfer to Arizona State where he will wrestle his senior year, his plans in wrestling, and why he wants to become a mixed martial arts fighter in the future.

    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.

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    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    No Holds Barred: Matt Lindland 


    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the mixed martial arts veteran and star, and an Olympic and world silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, Matt Lindland. Matt is also one of the founders of one of the most successful teams in mixed martial arts, the Team Quest Fight Club.

    Matt will be headlining a Strikeforce Challengers card this Friday, May 21, at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon. His opponent will be Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Kevin Casey. This card will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime.

    We spoke by phone on Monday, May 17, which was also the day Matt turned 40 years of age. As usual, Matt was very outspoken and candid about his views. We discussed this fight with Kevin Casey and what to expect. We examined some of his recent fights, the lessons he has drawn from them, his continuing development as a fighter, and how he is still learning. We analyzed some of the many problems in mixed martial arts, including incompetent judging of fights, the failure and closure of many promotional companies, the need for some type of union or association for fighters, and the dim prospects of that happening anytime soon. We also discussed the poor or nonexistent marketing of the sport of wrestling, what is happening in the Super Six super middleweight boxing tournament on Showtime, 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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    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    No Holds Barred: Keisha Morrisey and Bob Carson Critique Strikeforce and HBO Boxing, and Analyze Shine Fights Cancellation 

    (Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman had a late night discussion with two of our correspondents, Keisha Morrisey and Bob Carson, about the fight festivities from Saturday night, May 15. Right after these shows concluded, we spoke about the Strikeforce card from St. Louis shown on Showtime, the HBO boxing card from New York headlined by the Amir Khan-Paulie Malignaggi fight, and the cancellation of the Shine Fights mixed martial arts card which was supposed to feature former champion boxer Ricardo Mayorga against mixed martial arts veteran Din Thomas.

    Who is chiefly to blame for the cancellation of the Shine Fights card following an injunction granted to Don King against this card because of a claim that his company has exclusive rights to promote the fights of Mayorga? Which card was better between the Strikeforce-Showtime card and the HBO boxing card? Will Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, who stopped Brett Rogers in the first round of their fight Saturday, ever fight top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko? Should fighters in mixed martial arts and boxing insist on drug testing based on the protocols of the World Anti-Doping Agency? What do we think of the various athletic commissions, which use different tests if any at all? Are fighters with steroid-laden bodies effective or even sexy? What is next for Strikeforce? How impressive was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu great Roger Gracie, who submitted Kevin Randleman in the second round of their fight with a rear naked choke, in his Strikeforce and American debut? Why is the promotion of boxing to the public so awful?

    These and other key questions are answered in our discussion, which is almost like hanging out after the fights and chatting with our trio of combat sports aficionados.

    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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