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Thursday, August 26, 2010

No Holds Barred: Kevin Jackson on King Mo, Bobby Lashley, Wrestlers, and MMA 


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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion freestyle wrestler, and former mixed martial arts fighter, Kevin Jackson, who is the head wrestling coach for the legendary Iowa State Cyclones.

Two of the top-level wrestlers he trained while at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, "King" Mo Lawal and Bobby Lashley, both suffered their first professional defeats in mixed martial arts on the August 21 Strikeforce card.

We thus spoke on Thursday afternoon about what went wrong in their fights. Coach Jackson explained the technical errors they made in their fights, what may have been mistakes they made in their training in preparation for these fights, and why a seminar for elite wrestlers who have become mixed martial arts fighters would be helpful. He also argued that the wrestling community should regard these former wrestlers who are now fighters as "heroes", how an opportunity to do so has thus far been lost, and 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.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal 


Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with the champion freestyle and college wrestler, and mixed martial arts fighter and now former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, "King" Mo Lawal.

"King" Mo suffered his first professional defeat on August 21 in the main event of a Strikeforce mixed martial arts card, which took place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, and was telecast live in the U.S. on Showtime. After winning the first two rounds of his bout with Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante, he was stopped in the third round with a series of knees, punches, and elbows. The official time of the TKO stoppage was 1:14 of round three. Thus, "King" Mo, in first title defense, dropped the Strikeforce light heavyweight belt to Feijao.

We spoke with "King" Mo Tuesday afternoon by phone about this fight and what went wrong. He detailed the technical mistakes he made in it, especially his failure to utilize fully his world-class wrestling technique. We discussed his upcoming surgery to repair a torn ACL, which will sideline him for about six to nine months. We also discussed how he needs to improve his striking technique, why he wore an Iowa State wrestling T-shirt on the telecast, his relations with the wrestling community, his plans for a comeback next year, and more.

In addition, we open by commenting on the leading mixed martial arts fight of the year candidate for 2010, the five-round war between Sengoku middleweight champion Jorge Santiago and Kazuo Misaki at SRC 14 on Sunday, August 22, at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. This card was shown live in the U.S. on HDNet and will be repeated Friday, August 27.

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, 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/.

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 22, 2010

No Holds Barred: The Margarito Scandal 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the ongoing saga of disgraced boxer Antonio Margarito, who was denied a boxing license by the California State Athletic Commission on Wednesday, August 18.

Margarito and his then-trainer, Javier Capetillo, originally had their boxing licenses revoked because a plaster-like substance was found in Margarito's hand wraps just prior to his January 2009 fight with Shane Mosley in Los Angeles. Margarito has claimed that he was unaware that his hand wraps were being loaded by his trainer, although few people have believed him. Margarito reapplied for a license in Nevada, which then deferred to California, and at the California commission hearing on Wednesday, they voted 5-1 not to grant him a license.

Now Margarito's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, will try to get him licensed in Texas for a proposed November 13 fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Many people in the combat sports world are outraged that Margarito may be allowed to fight again anywhere. Dr. Margaret Goodman, our medical correspondent and the former head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Medical Advisory Board, wrote us this statement on Thursday, August 19, about the Margarito situation:

"I think it is flat out a disregard for the system in place. If Margarito and his promoter disagree with California's decision, then fight it in court. This is just another reason why safety issues in boxing take a back seat again and again.

"This is a flagrant demonstration of commission jurisdiction-shopping. This should have been a court case from day one. California did their best, and I believe acted fairly in such an egregious situation.

"If Texas grants Margarito a license, this is nothing new, as Texas has done this sort of thing before. But, the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions) should consider dropping Texas for taking advantage of this situation. I also think that if Pacquiao fights a fighter on suspension, then he should be held accountable as well."


Also, after the ABC issued a statement late Thursday, August 19, which essentially gave Texas the green light to license Margarito, Dr. Goodman wrote us again with this statement:

"It is another reason why boxing regulation is in such trouble. There is no standardization. A fighter can be found by one commission to illegally endanger the life of his opponent yet be heralded by another commission. It is why boxing and MMA will not stop being niche sports until there is true federal oversight."

We thus discuss this ongoing scandal, and what it means for the ever-declining sport of boxing.

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, 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/.

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

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