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Thursday, October 14, 2010

No Holds Barred: Declan Hill on Proposal for International Anti-Corruption Agency for Sports 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with investigative journalist, documentary maker, and academic Declan Hill.

He is the author of the best-selling book "The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime". He also spoke at the recent meeting of the European ministers of sport in Baku, Azerbaijan, about the need for an international agency to fight corruption in sport, similar to what the World Anti-Doping Agency does regarding doping. The European ministers of sport unanimously passed a resolution asking the Council of Europe to help set up such an international agency, and now plans are in the works to carry this out.

In a ground-breaking discussion, we spoke Thursday afternoon with Declan Hill about corruption in sports and what to do about it. He explained how this corruption in sports is largely the result of the influence of illegal gambling operations, and how legalized and regulated sports gambling would help greatly reduce it, along with ending the exploitation of underpaid athletes. We discussed how such an agency could affect the poorly regulated or even unregulated combat sports, which usually have no central leagues like most other sports do. He also explained that while establishing such an agency will be a lengthy process, it is imperative that it be done, even for sports where illegal gambling is not yet considered to have had a major corrupting influence.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

No Holds Barred: George Hero, Midwood Wrestling Exhibition 2010, MMA, and Pindar the Poet of Ancient Greece 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with the legendary coach and founder of the Midwood High School wrestling team in Brooklyn, New York, George Hero.

Coach Hero will be one of the many current and former Midwood wrestlers, alumni, and coaches who will be competing at the Midwood Wrestling Exhibition 2010, this Saturday, October 16, beginning at noon, at the Midwood High School Gymnasium at 2839 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. This event will feature folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling. Coach Hero will be facing heavyweight Yuriy Petriv in the main event in a match held under NCAA rules, and with special guest referee Bob Backlund, a 1971 NCAA Div. II national champion at North Dakota State University before going into the WWWF.

There is a Facebook page with more information on this event here.

We had an enlightening and wide-ranging discussion Tuesday night with Coach Hero about the importance of this event, wrestling, and the combat sports in general. We discussed how these combat sports greatly benefit both the mind and body, and build positive values, which is especially important now in a culture which emphasizes so much negativity. We refuted many of the claims of the critics of mixed martial arts in New York, where the politicians are still keeping this sport illegal. We noted the many ways wrestling and mixed martial arts are very closely linked. And he discussed how Midwood Wrestling and the Beat The Streets organization, are bringing many youths into wrestling programs for the first time.

Coach Hero also stated, "We have to go back to the ancient Greek ideals about athletics." He recommends to his athletes that they study the writings of Pindar, the great lyric poet of ancient Greece, whose writings include commentary on the Olympics and other athletic events of his era. So we read an excerpt from Pindar, and encouraged others to learn from this classic poet as well.

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, October 10, 2010

No Holds Barred: Tyron Woodley 


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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with unbeaten Strikeforce mixed martial arts fighter Tyron Woodley.

He registered his first knockout win in his eight victories by stopping former world and Pan American jiu-jitsu champion Andre Galvao in just 1:48 of the first round of their Strikeforce fight on Saturday, October 9, 2010, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, and shown in the U.S. on Showtime.

We spoke with Tyron Woodley, a two-time Division I All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri and a Big 12 champion, by phone Sunday morning. We discussed, of course, his dominating and quick victory. He explained how he has become a well-rounded fighter after having won six of his first seven wins by submission, and how close he believes he is to a title shot in the welterweight (170-pound) division in Strikeforce. He also emphasized that he would like to fight next on the December 4 Strikeforce card in St. Louis in his home state of Missouri.

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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