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Friday, November 19, 2010

No Holds Barred: Renzo Gracie, Felicia Oh, Valerie Worthington 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman focuses primarily on grappling, as we once again speak with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts legend Renzo Gracie, and with grapplers and grappling trainers Felicia Oh and Valerie Worthington.

We spoke with Renzo Gracie at the MMA World Expo in New York as the Renzo Gracie Open No-Gi 2010 tournament was going on. We discussed this tournament, the potential for grappling to grow as a sport, and the key role of grappling in mixed martial arts. We also discussed the 2010 ADCC North American Championships, which take place Saturday, November 20, at Belleville High School in Belleville, New Jersey.

Felicia Oh and Valerie Worthington have just completed a whirlwind coast-to-coast trip where they conducted two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling seminars in two straight days. The first was on Saturday, November 13, in Woodland Hills, California, and the second was with Emily Kwok on Sunday, November 14, in Princeton, New Jersey. Both seminars helped raise funds for local charities.

We spoke with Felicia Oh and Valerie Worthington about these seminars, the role of the Women's Grappling Camp, the growing participation of women in grappling, their work with charities, how grappling tournaments can better accommodate women grapplers, and more. You can find out more about all of these topics, including how to help these charities, at the Women's Grappling Camp blog.

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.

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

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/.

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

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

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

No Holds Barred: Ricardo Liborio, JZ Cavalcante, Kenny Garner, Byron Byrd, Ben Saunders 


(Photo of Ricardo Liborio, Paula Romero, and Eddie Goldman by Eddie Cardone)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling legend Ricardo Liborio, who is the co-owner and head instructor for American Top Team, and American Top Team mixed martial arts fighters Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante, Kenny "Deuce" Garner, Byron Byrd, and Ben Saunders.

We spoke with them in a series of interviews on November 12 and 13 at the MMA World Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.

Our interviews included analyzing the most recent fights and discussing the future plans of JZ Cavalcante, who fights for Strikeforce, and Kenny "Deuce" Garner and Byron Byrd, who fight for M-1 Global, and Ben Saunders, who most recently fought for WEF. Our first interview is with JZ Cavalcante, followed by a joint interview with Ricardo Liborio, Byron Byrd, and Ben Saunders, and then an interview with Kenny "Deuce" Garner.

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.

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

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/.

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

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

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Monday, November 15, 2010

No Holds Barred: Fabricio Werdum, Evgeni Kogan 


(Photo of Fabricio Werdum, Eddie Goldman, and Marcelo Garcia, New York, Nov. 12, 2010, by Ricardo Liborio)


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with mixed martial arts fighter and champion grappler Fabricio Werdum, and Evgeni Kogan, the director of operations of M-1 Global. Both these interviews were conducted Saturday, November 13, at the MMA World Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.

We spoke with Fabricio Werdum about his historic victory over Fedor Emelianenko on a Strikeforce-M-1 Global card in June, the first uncontested loss by Fedor in his ten-year mixed martial arts career. We discussed the technique he used to win that fight, using a triangle choke to submit Fedor in just 1:09 of the first round. He explained that he plans to fight three times in 2011 in Strikeforce, starting in March against either Fedor or Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, and also compete at the 2011 ADCC World Submission Fighting Championships, in which he is a two-time defending champion in the +99 kg weight class.

The future of Fedor, who has one fight left on his contract with Strikeforce, was also a main focus of our discussion with Evgeni Kogan. While in New York, he met with Showtime, which televises Strikeforce cards in the U.S., about signing a new deal extending his contract. On this subject, Evgeni Kogan stated, "I think we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel" in those negotiations, although no new deal has yet been completed. We thus discussed the future of Fedor and co-promoting with Strikeforce, as well as the plans of M-1 Global to expand their own series of shows and tournaments in the U.S. and Europe.

We also begin by calling for a heavyweight tournament by Strikeforce in 2011, since they currently have the best four heavyweight fighters in mixed martial arts: Fabricio Werdum, Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, and Josh Barnett.

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.

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

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/.

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

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

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

No Holds Barred: Panel Discussion on Past, Present, and Future of Mixed Martial Arts 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman presents the audio from the panel discussion at the 2010 MMA World Expo on the "Past, Present and Future of Mixed Martial Arts". This panel discussion took place Friday, November 12, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.

The panel was moderated by Eddie Goldman, who also spoke on it, along with Justin Klein, Attorney, Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, The Fight Lawyer; Edward Anthony, president and CEO of New York Jiu-Jitsu; and Dorian Price, a muay Thai and mixed martial arts fighter and trainer at New York Jiu-Jitsu.

This panel featured wide-ranging discussion and explanations about the real history of the development of the rules and regulation of mixed martial arts in North America, why mixed martial arts pioneers like Mike Thomas are being honored, the negative image of mixed martial arts, why a grassroots movement to legalize mixed martial arts in New York is needed, the problems facing the future of mixed martial arts, and much, much more.

Towards the end of the panel, we also heard about the New York Mixed Martial Arts Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to making mixed martial arts and self defense programs available to inner city youth.

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.

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

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/.

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

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

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