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    Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    No Holds Barred: Marcus Holt and Steven Nightingale of Reps MMA on Truth about U.K. Kids Cage Fighting Story 

    On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Marcus Holt and Steven Nightingale of Reps MMA.

    Based in Preston, Lancashire, in the U.K., they were involved in organizing a mixed martial arts show, called Reps Retribution, on September 10 at the Greenlands Labour Club. Before the show, there was an exhibition grappling match in the event's cage between two young boys, both of whose parents were in attendance. There was no striking of any kind permitted in this exhibition, and no score was even kept in it.

    After a video of their grappling match appeared online, some major mainstream media outlets in the U.K., including the BBC and Sky News, circulated hysterical reports that eight-year-old boys had been involved in "cage fighting", making it seem that they had a full-blown mixed martial arts fight. Much of the American mainstream media, including CBS News, MSNBC, the New York Daily News, and many others copied this story, inaccuracies and all.

    While the mainstream media on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean were wringing their hands and condemning this as "barbaric", they were entirely incapable of understanding and reporting the truth about this grappling exhibition. This, of course, is not the first time and certainly not the last time that they have tried to spread lies, smears, and distortions about the combat sports.

    Thus, to get at the truth, we spoke with Marcus Holt and Steven Nightingale of Reps MMA about what really happened at this event, their plans for running more MMA and grappling events, the state of British wrestling, and much more.

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