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Friday, October 08, 2010

No Holds Barred: The Battle to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses what is happening in the ongoing battle to legalize mixed martial arts in the State of New York, where the sport has been illegal since 1997.

We review what we have found out about the positions on this issue of all seven candidates for New York governor who are on the ballot for this year's election on November 2. We explain the history of how mixed martial arts had originally been legalized in New York, and when and why it was banned. We discuss why this sport has had such a hard time becoming re-legalized in New York, 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, 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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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

No Holds Barred: Nevada State Athletic Commission Hearing on Drug Testing and Brain Health Study 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman plays the audio from the main part of the meeting on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, of the Nevada State Athletic Commission in Las Vegas, regarding changes in their drug-testing procedures, and a proposal for a free brain health study for fighters.

Following a hearing on drug-testing on June 9, 2010, the commission, once a leader in the quest for fighter safety, rebuffed the many people who have advocated that they adopt the internationally-accepted procedures of the World Anti-Doping Agency, including random and unannounced blood and urine testing for banned and dangerous substances. Instead, the commission amended their procedures merely by adding some additional analysis to their existing annual blood tests for licensing, such as measuring hemoglobin and hematocrit levels. This exposed the position of some on the commission who had argued that urine tests alone caught everything. This position has already been discredited in the medical community, since urine tests cannot at present detect cheating by use of human growth hormone and other substances. But the latest change by the commission continues to make it very easy for dope cheats to evade getting caught, since they will know exactly when they will be tested.

The commission also approved a proposal by the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to conduct free brain scans and physicals for boxers and mixed martial artists over a period of several years. The purpose is to measure the effects of these combat sports on these athletes, in particular on their brains and neurological health. Where this leads is unknown, but it definitely is a step in the right direction.

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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Monday, October 04, 2010

No Holds Barred: Matthew Kaplowitz on the Fight Nerd Video Game Open, Brick City MMA, and Bellator Tryouts 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with Matthew Kaplowitz, The Fight Nerd.

We open our lengthy and nerdy interview by discussing two mixed martial arts events Matthew covered on Saturday, October 2: the fighter tryouts for the Bellator Fighting Championships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the debut show of the Brick City Fighting Championship in Newark, New Jersey. We analyzed the fights on the Brick City card, as well as the organization of their first event, and noted how often fighting events are better experienced live than on television or webcast.

Matthew is also organizing the first Fight Nerd Video Game Open event, entitled “Fall Brawl 2010″. This tournament featuring MMA video games will take place Saturday, October 16, starting at 12 noon EDT, at 8 Bit And Up Video Games, 35 St. Marks Place, 2nd Floor (on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 8th Street), New York, NY 10003. Registration is available online at http://www.getreadytogame.com/MMA.cfm.

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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