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Thursday, June 24, 2010

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal Previews Fedor-Werdum 


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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Strikeforce light heavyweight champion "King" Mo Lawal about the upcoming fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum. This fight will be the main event this coming Saturday, June 26, on a joint Strikeforce-M-1 Global mixed martial arts card in San Jose, California, which will be shown live in the U.S. on Showtime.

"King" Mo, who regularly trains with Werdum, offered his advice for a game plan for both Fedor and Werdum to win. We discussed the technique we expect to see displayed in this fight, including the mix of grappling and striking each fighter needs to use. We also discussed the Andre Ward- Allan Green fight in the Showtime Super Six super middleweight boxing tournament, and how mixed martial arts fighters should incorporate boxing technique into their repertoires. "King" Mo also left us with a prediction for the Fedor-Werdum fight, filled us in on what is known as of now about his next fight on August 21 in Houston, and much more.

We also open with a brief recap of the exciting Bellator 23 mixed martial arts card of June 24, where Joe Warren won a controversial split decision in a great fight with Patricio "Pitbull" Freire in the featherweight tournament finals, Alexander Shlemenko scored a first-round TKO over Bryan Baker in the middleweight tournament finals, and Zoila Frausto shocked the world with a first-round knockout of world-ranked Rosi Sexton.

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No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

No Holds Barred: Nancy Ury On Strikeforce 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with sports journalist Nancy Ury of World MMA Fight Club. She also is currently a host and analyst for TVG Network, an interactive horse racing television network. You can see some of her work here.

Although she has seen mixed martial arts events for many years on television and live, and covered live professional sporting events like horse racing, the June 16 Strikeforce card in Los Angeles was the first time she has ever covered a live mixed martial arts show. We thus discussed how she became interested in mixed martial arts, and her impressions of this event as a journalist and the event itself.

It was, as she explained in this lively discussion, a positive experience overall, and one she hopes to repeat.

We also commented on some of the good and bad aspects of this card, which had four televised fights on Showtime, plus two non-televised fights. In the main event, fighting at a catch weight of 195 pounds, former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Renato "Babalu" Sobral won a close, unanimous three-round decision over former Strikeforce middleweight champion Robbie Lawler.

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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Monday, June 21, 2010

No Holds Barred: On Fedor, Staph, Bellator, Strikeforce, and Arizona 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman addresses a number of issues in the mixed martial arts, including the recent comments of Fedor Emelianenko on a media conference call, MMA fighter Matt Hamill being allowed to fight despite having a very visible staph infection, the tournament finals in the Bellator Fighting Championships, the possibility of a joint Bellator-Strikeforce card, and the controversial plans for Strikeforce to run a show in Arizona, despite an international boycott of that state.

We open with an analysis of the situation involving UFC fighter Matt Hamill, who was cleared to compete on June 19 in a fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, despite having a staph infection on his back. We read a comment on this from Dr. Margaret Goodman, our medical correspondent and the former head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Medical Advisory Board, which says: "I have seen the NSAC and UFC shut down their Ultimate Fighter gym and their personal gym when there was evidence of a staph infection. With that said, I know that if I had still been with the NSAC, I would have had the fighter cleared by a dermatologist and for him to submit a report from his treating physician to the commission. I believe this is the only true way to determine the stage of the lesion and whether or not it was contagious. And, I think it would be helpful to have the fighter and/or the fighter's doctor explain how the abnormality was treated prior to the fight." We also discuss the controversial history of the commission doctor who allowed Hamill to fight, Dr. Vicki Mazzorana.

Next we play an excerpt from the media conference call of June 18 featuring Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum, who meet in a heavyweight fight this coming Saturday, June 26, on a joint Strikeforce-M-1 Global card in San Jose, California, which will be shown live in the U.S. on Showtime. Our focus was on fighting technique.

The second season for the Bellator Fighting Championships is coming to a close, and we discuss the dominating victory in the 170-pound tournament finals by two-time NCAA Div. I wrestling champion and 2008 U.S. freestyle wrestling Olympian Ben Askren over a very tough Dan Hornbuckle. This coming Thursday, June 24, the last two tournament finals in this season take place, as 2006 world Greco-Roman wrestling champion Joe Warren takes on Patricio "Pitbull" Freire in the featherweight finals, and Bryan Baker fights Alexander Shlemenko in the middleweight finals.

There has been talk of Strikeforce and Bellator working together later in the year, possibly on a champion vs. champion fight involving Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez facing Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez. We not only applaud this, but also call for a World MMA Classic, similar to the World Boxing Classic currently under way in the super middleweight division on Showtime.

But we also point out that Strikeforce appears to be considering running an event in Arizona in the coming months. There is an international boycott of Arizona because of the anti-immigrant law SB 1070, which is scheduled to go into effect July 29. Numerous organizations have already pulled events out of Arizona and have condemned this law, so we argue that Strikeforce should not break this international boycott.

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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