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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fedor Emelianenko, Fabricio Werdum, Scott Coker Media Conference Call 


We have posted the complete, unedited audio from the media conference call of Friday, June 18, 2010, featuring Fedor Emelianenko, Fabricio Werdum, and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.

Fedor Emelianenko is regarded by knowledgeable observers and analysts as the top heavyweight and pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter in the world. His next opponent is two-time ADCC and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Fabricio Werdum. They will headline a joint Strikeforce-M-1 Global card on Saturday, June 26, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. This card will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime.

You can listen to or download this lengthy conference call, which lasted about 85 minutes, here.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

No Holds Barred: Andre Ward-Allan Green Preview, Al Bernstein 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman previews the Andre Ward-Allan Green super middleweight fight scheduled for this Saturday, June 19, and speaks with one of the best boxing announcers in the world, Al Bernstein.

WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) will both defend his title and continue his quest to win the Super Six World Boxing Classic when he takes on Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs). Ward won his first fight in this tournament with an 11th-round technical decision over Mikkel Kessler, from whom he captured that WBA belt. Green is making his debut in the tournament, replacing Jermain Taylor, who withdrew after being brutally knocked out by Arthur Abraham in the first round of fights.

The Andre Ward-Allan Green fight will take place Saturday, June 19, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. It will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime.

On a recent media conference call, we got comments from both Andre Ward and Allan Green about how they view this fight and what to expect in it.

We also explain why this tournament is one of the best things happening now in the beleaguered and declining sport of boxing.

On Monday, June 14, there was a media roundtable in New York with the veteran boxing broadcaster Al Bernstein to celebrate his 30 years in boxing. At its conclusion, we had a chance to sit down for a lengthy interview with him, which lasted about 30 minutes.

We spoke about how he got into boxing, the role of the broadcaster, the influence of the legendary announcer Don Dunphy, boxing and mixed martial arts, what changes he would like to see in boxing, some of the many absurd conspiracy theories in boxing, the Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight tournament, whose fights he has been calling for Showtime, his latest boxing venture on the Internet, and more. This is a rare chance to hear the thoughts of someone most people just see and hear analyzing fights, commenting on his own career and life, and the sport in which he has become one of the most universally respected broadcasters.

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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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

No Holds Barred: John Perretti on Lawler-Babalu, Chuck Liddell, Shot Fighters, and Brain Injuries 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our senior correspondent John Perretti about the June 16 Robbie Lawler-Renato "Babalu" Sobral mixed martial arts fight in Strikeforce, the rise and fall of Chuck Liddell, and the dangerously disgraceful lack of oversight of the combat sports.

The Robbie Lawler-Renato "Babalu" Sobral fight is the main event on a Strikeforce card on Wednesday, June 16, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. It will be shown live in the U.S. on Showtime. We open with comments on this fight from both Robbie Lawler and Babalu from a media conference call on June 9.

As UFC matchmaker, John Perretti booked both Liddell and Babalu in bouts early in their careers. Our lengthy discussion examined the careers of Liddell and Babalu and analyzed the lessons to be learned from them.

Fighters like Chuck Liddell have suffered repeated knockouts in fights, yet have still been allowed to fight, both by promoters and the regulatory bodies which cater to the promoters. In his last fight, last August in Strikeforce, Babalu was knocked out in one minute of the first round by Gegard Mousasi. We thus focused on the growing trend of head injuries to fighters in the mixed martial arts and how next to nothing is being done to monitor and protect them.

John Perretti called for mandatory retirement for such shot fighters, exposed the grossly incompetent refereeing where fighters who have already been knocked out continue to get hit while referees watch from afar, and called for urgent action to be taken by those with both integrity and knowledge of the combat sports to protect the fighters. He also explained how fighters like Liddell and Babalu, who have suffered from accumulating so many head blows in their careers, may be awaiting tragic fates.

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, June 14, 2010

No Holds Barred: Suszannah Warner, Florina Petcu, Shelley Devine, Cathlin Daley 


(Photo by Cathlin Daley, Daley Photography, http://daleyphotography.net)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the role of women in the combat sports and reviews the Friday Night Fights NYC amateur muay Thai card held in New York June 11.

We first spoke with Shelley Devine of Evolve Fights in New Hampshire and Cathlin Daley of Daley Photography, who were covering this event. We spoke with them before the fights about the combat sports scene in New England, the role of women fighters, and more.

In the main event, Florina Petcu of the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York scored five-round split decision over Jill Guido of Team Tsutsui of Concord, California. We spoke with Florina Petcu right after her fight.

Attending this event also was veteran professional boxer Suszannah Warner, who was watching live muay Thai fights for the first time. We spoke with her after the event to get her thoughts, as well as to find out what is happening in her boxing career.

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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