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Friday, August 20, 2010

No Holds Barred: Strikeforce Houston Preview 


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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman previews the Strikeforce mixed martial arts card which takes place Saturday, August 21, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, and will be telecast live in the U.S. on Showtime.

In the main event, Strikeforce light heavyweight champion "King" Mo Lawal (7-0) will defend his belt for the first time, facing Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (9-2). In the co-feature, Tim Kennedy (12-2) will fight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and ADCC champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza (12-2-1) for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight (185 pounds) title. Also on the televised card, heavyweight Bobby Lashley will fight Chad Griggs, and lightweights K.J. Noons (9-2) and Jorge Gurgel (13-6) will face off.

On a series of recent media conference calls, we got comments about what to expect in these fights from all eight fighters on the televised card: "King" Mo Lawal, Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante, Tim Kennedy, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, Bobby Lashley, Chad Griggs, K.J. Noons, and Jorge Gurgel.

We also open with a commentary on some of the recent scandals which have been plaguing the mixed martial arts around the world.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

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

MMA WORLD EXPO. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City, featuring the Renzo Gracie Open No-Gi 2010 tournament, a Muay Thai tournament, MMA fighters from the Bellator Fighting Championships, training seminars, vendors, panel discussions, and more to come. The second annual MMA WORLD EXPO, in association with Madison Square Garden Sports, takes place Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 13, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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/.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

No Holds Barred: Daniel Cormier, MMA Marathon Man 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Daniel Cormier, the 2007 world bronze medalist and two-time U.S. Olympian in freestyle wrestling, who is 4-0 with three knockouts and one submission victory as a heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter.

In a schedule reminiscent of the early days of boxing, he has scored victories in fights on July 31 and August 13, and will fight again this coming Saturday, August 21.

On July 31, Daniel flew to Australia to score a first-round TKO over Lucas Browne, and capture the XMMA heavyweight title. Two weeks later, on August 13, in Mescalero, New Mexico, he defeated Tony Johnson with a first-round rear naked choke submission to win the King of the Cage heavyweight title. And on August 21, he will face Jason Riley (9-3) at the Strikeforce show at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

We spoke with Daniel Cormier Monday about this marathon schedule and all these fights. He is signed to fight for Strikeforce, and we discussed his plans to work his way up to a title shot in their very talented heavyweight division. He explained just how developed he thinks he is as a mixed martial arts fighter, and when he believes he will be ready for a title fight. As a world-class wrestler, and arguably the best wrestler currently fighting in mixed martial arts, he also discussed what techniques he needs to improve to become a world-class mixed martial arts fighter, 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:

MMA WORLD EXPO. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City, featuring the Renzo Gracie Open No-Gi 2010 tournament, a Muay Thai tournament, MMA fighters from the Bellator Fighting Championships, training seminars, vendors, panel discussions, and more to come. The second annual MMA WORLD EXPO is a joint promotion with Madison Square Garden Sports, and takes place Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 13, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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 16, 2010

No Holds Barred: John Perretti Critiques Pascal-Dawson and Arreola-Quezada 


(Photo courtesy of Vic and Jordi Marie Theriault)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with former world kickboxing champion, former UFC and Extreme Fighting matchmaker, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti, about the Jean Pascal-Chad Dawson and Cris Arreola-Manny Quezada fights from this past weekend.

After falling behind on the scorecards, Chad Dawson stepped up his attack against Jean Pascal in the eleventh round of their fight on Saturday, August 14, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dawson landed a solid left uppercut that staggered Pascal, who then tried to retreat. A little later in the round, Dawson, a left-handed fighter, and Pascal, a right-handed fighter, clashed heads, opening a wide and bloody cut over Dawson's right eye. On the advice of the ringside physician, referee Michael Griffin, who had ruled the head butt accidental, stopped the fight, and by rule it went to the scorecards.

Few were surprised that all three judges had it for Pascal, who, with this technical decision, successfully defended his WBC light heavyweight title and improved his record to 26-1 with 16 KOs. This was the first professional loss for Dawson, whose record fell to 29-1 with 17 KOs.

But was this fight-ending head butt accidental, or was it intentional by Pascal, as Dawson and his camp charged after the fight? The latter verdict would have meant that the popular, Montreal-based Pascal would have been disqualified in his hometown and in a fight he was winning through the first ten rounds.

John Perretti argues that not only was the head butt by Pascal "premeditated" to save himself from losing or even being knocked out, but that he "drags it and points his forehead across that eye and cuts him wide open."

We discuss this fight and the controversy surrounding it in-depth, as well as another week of atrocious announcing by the HBO "dinosaur" crew.

Also, on Friday, August 13, heavyweights and training partners Cris Arreola and Manny Quezada fought at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, in the main event on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights". With both fighters coming off losses, this fight seemed designed to showcase Arreola and get him another major fight following losses to WBC champ Vitali Klitschko and former cruiserweight champ Tomasz Adamek.

While Arreola did win a unanimous 12-round decision against the smaller and older Quezada, and up his record to 29-2 with 25 KOs, once again he looked unimpressive and out-of-shape, and even displayed little power.

What does this all mean for the boxing career of Arreola, and the sport of boxing in America? We discuss these issues as well, offering conclusions that are dire about the future of this declining and self-destructing sport.

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:

MMA WORLD EXPO. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City, featuring the Renzo Gracie Open No-Gi 2010 tournament, a Muay Thai tournament, MMA fighters from the Bellator Fighting Championships, training seminars, vendors, panel discussions, and more to come. The second annual MMA WORLD EXPO is a joint promotion with Madison Square Garden Sports, and takes place Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 13, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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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Sunday, August 15, 2010

No Holds Barred: Mark Pavelich of MFC on Ontario Allowing MMA 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Mark Pavelich, the owner and president of the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC), about the news, announced Saturday, August 14, by the Ministry of Consumer Services of Ontario, Canada, that "Ontario is taking steps to allow professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events in the province." The first sanctioned event in Ontario is expected to be held in 2011.

We spoke by phone Saturday afternoon, just hours after this announcement was made public, about the significance of this development for Ontario, the most populous province in Canada, and Canada as a whole. We discussed what political and legal steps must still be taken for mixed martial arts events to become sanctioned and actually take place in Ontario, and the role of the Ontario Athletic Commission and its head, Ken Hayashi, who has been a long-time opponent of mixed martial arts. The always-outspoken Mark Pavelich also explained why, when mixed martial arts is finally sanctioned in Ontario, it will be the Maximum Fighting Championship which will probably run the most events in that province. And we commented upon some of the politics within mixed martial arts, the highly questionable and controversial positions taken by regulators in Quebec and Vancouver towards mixed martial arts, and more.

We also discussed the upcoming MFC 26: Retribution card, which takes place Friday, September 10, in Westman Place at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, and will be televised live on HDNet. On that card, MFC lightweight champ Antonio McKee, who is unbeaten in the last seven years, will face Luciano Azevedo. McKee has vowed to retire if he does not win by submission, knockout, or TKO.

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:

MMA WORLD EXPO. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City, featuring the Renzo Gracie Open No-Gi 2010 tournament, a Muay Thai tournament, MMA fighters from the Bellator Fighting Championships, training seminars, vendors, panel discussions, and more to come. The second annual MMA WORLD EXPO is a joint promotion with Madison Square Garden Sports, and takes place Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 13, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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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