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Friday, August 13, 2010

No Holds Barred: Jay Larkin Tribute, Bellator 24 Review 


(Jay Larkin at left, May, 2005, in New York.)


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman offers a tribute to Jay Larkin, who was the head of the Showtime boxing program for over two decades, and the CEO of the now-defunct International Fight League mixed martial arts organization. Jay passed away Monday, August 9, from brain cancer, at the age of 59. We also discuss the use of green tea as one means to prevent and battle cancer.

We next review the Bellator 24 mixed martial arts show, which took place Thursday, August 12, in Hollywood, Florida. Their 115-pound women's tournament kicked off with impressive submission victories by Megumi Fujii over Carla Esparza, and Jessica Aguilar over Lynn Alvarez. We also discuss the first-round TKOs by Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard over Herbert Goodman in a non-title fight, and Neil Grove over Eddie Sanchez in the first bout of the Bellator heavyweight tournament.

And we discuss two important events for mixed martial arts in New York City: the MMA World Expo on November 12-13, and the talk by former UFC executive Campbell McLaren Tuesday, August 17, at New York Jiu-Jitsu about how the UFC got started.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

No Holds Barred: John Perretti on Alexander-Kotelnik and Cloud-Johnson; Arreola-Quezada Preview 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with former world kickboxing champion, former UFC and Extreme Fighting matchmaker, and our current senior correspondent, John Perretti, about the Devon Alexander-Andriy Kotelnik and Tavoris Cloud-Glen Johnson fights, which took place August 7 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) retained his WBC and IBF 140-pound titles with a unanimous decision over Kotelnik (31-4-1, 13 KOs). Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) retained his IBF light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision over Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs).

As is our usual approach, we candidly delved into the lessons learned about the talents of each of these fighters at the current stages of their careers. We analyzed some of their major shortcomings, especially those of the 23-year-old Alexander, whom some have touted as the next big superstar in boxing. We criticized the way the HBO announcers called and scored these fights. We explained why, at this point at least, Alexander is likely to fall short in any title unification fights with WBA champion Amir Khan or the unbeaten WBO champion Timothy Bradley.

Also, this coming Friday, August 13, heavyweights Cristobal Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) and Manuel Quezada (29-5, 18 KOs), who have trained together and have both lost their previous fights, will fight at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, in the main event on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights". We spoke with both Arreola and Quezada on a recent media conference call about their approaches to this important fight.

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/.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

No Holds Barred: Evgeni Kogan, Byron Byrd, Daniel Vizcaya, Kenny Garner, M-1 Global Selection Americas Semifinals Review 


(Photo: Kenny Garner def. Andrei Kapilou. Photo by Zack Lynch c/o M-1 Global.)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the M-1 Selection Americas Semifinals, which were held August 7 at Bally's in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This event has helped establish M-1 Global as yet another major mixed martial arts promotion in America.

We interviewed M-1 Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan, and three of the victorious fighters: light heavyweights Byron Byrd and Daniel Vizcaya, and heavyweight Kenny "Deuce" Garner.

We also have an excerpt from the news conference with Fedor Emelianenko, his manager Vadim Finkelchtein, and Evgeni Kogan. Video of the entire press conference is expected to be posted online shortly.

In our discussion with Evgeni Kogan, he explained how M-1 Global is using this structure of regional tournaments around the world to find "the next big thing", what to expect from rising star and M-1 fighter Magomed Shikhshabekov of Russia, plans for more joint M-1 Global-Strikeforce shows, plans for the next fights for Fedor Emelianenko, why it is "more than likely" that the M-1 Global-Strikeforce relationship will continue "long into the future", why Fedor will be fighting and appearing in the U.S. much more in the near future, and more.

Our interviews with the victorious fighters had them review their wins, discuss their histories and techniques, and introduce themselves to those who have not yet seen them fight.

These semifinal fights were eliminators for the M-1 Selection Americas Finals, which will be held Saturday, September 18, 2010, also at Bally's in Atlantic City. The winners will become the M-1 Selection 2010 Champions in their respective weight classes.

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/.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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