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    Friday, February 25, 2011

    No Holds Barred: Dr. Margaret Goodman on Donaire-Montiel Stoppage, Boxing vs. MMA Safety, Duerson Suicide, CTE 


    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with Dr. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist, the former chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and the medical correspondent for No Holds Barred.
    The world of combat sports is a world of constant controversy, and we discuss some of the latest ones. The February 19 bantamweight title fight between Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel, won by a brutal second-round TKO by Donaire, has many questioning why the referee let the fight proceed after Montiel was knocked down and was quivering on the canvas. Some have also claimed that this proves that mixed martial arts is safer than boxing. We discuss that also, at a time when the safety dangers to fighters in both sports seem to be leveling out. We also discuss the current role of the controversial Victor Conte, infamous as a doping mastermind in the BALCO scandal, as a trainer for Donaire, and whether or not he can now be trusted.
    In addition, we discuss the tragic suicide of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson, who asked that his brain be studied by researchers investigating the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), to see if he had suffered brain damage. Duerson had also been part of an NFL panel considering the disability claims of retired players, including those related to brain damage and dementia.
    We also try to look into the future and determine what all this might mean for the combat sports, how the battle against doping must be stepped up, what must be done to prevent the current budget crises faced by state governments in the U.S. from destroying proper regulation of the combat sports, and more.
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    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:
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    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    No Holds Barred: Jen Boronico, the Voice of MMA in South Florida 


    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the voice of MMA in south Florida, Jen Boronico.
    Jen is currently a color commentator for Fight Zone TV as well as for various MMA shows both in Florida and around the U.S., and has also covered boxing in the past. She has competed in several disciplines herself, winning grappling titles at NAGA events and boxing in the Golden Gloves. Besides training at American Top Team, she owns a chain of tanning clubs as well as running and performing in a rock band called Pandia.
    We spoke with her Tuesday by phone about some of the recent MMA events she has covered, the media and the role of women, and women fighters in MMA. She covered the Fight Time Promotions card on Friday, February 18, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where she said the fight between Caleb Archer and Aaron Cerda, won by Archer by unanimous decision, was the best fight she has seen live this year.
    She also will be covering the 2011 South Florida Fight Expo, which runs Thursday, February 24, through Sunday, February 27, in Miami, Florida, and performing with her band there. Besides numerous exhibits, this event will feature competition in various forms of combat sports, including MMA, boxing, and Muay Thai.
    Then on Saturday, March 5, she heads north to cover the Raging Wolf MMA event at the Seneca Niagara Hotel and Casino Event Center in the Seneca Nation in Niagara Falls, New York.
    Jen Boronico is poised to become a well-known person in MMA, and you can hear just why on this edition of No Holds Barred.
    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.
    Also, No Holds Barred is available through iTunes.
    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:
    Beezid.com - Penny Auctions. Your #1 source for exciting auction shopping and outstanding deals on just about anything! Top rated, most trusted auction site online. Where do you shop? Beezid.com - Penny Auctions.
    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/.
    The American Sambo Association, which is committed to becoming the premier association in the U.S. dedicated to the advancement of Sambo. Sambo is a form of sport, self-defense, and combat established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. For more information, go to ussambo.com.
    BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

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    Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    No Holds Barred: Mark Pavelich of the MFC 


    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with the owner and president of the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC), Mark Pavelich.
    Their next show will be MFC 28: Supremacy on Friday, February 25, at the River Cree Resort and Casino, just outside Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main card will air live throughout North America on HDNet Fights.
    In the main event, MFC veterans Ryan Jimmo and Dwayne Lewis will fight for the MFC light heavyweight title. In a lightweight bout, a rejuvenated Drew Fickett will face Matt Veach, who is replacing the injured Antonio McKee.
    Our discussion with Mark Pavelich started off focusing on this card and branched out to examine the progress of MFC as an organization. MFC will very shortly be announcing their expansion into the province of Ontario, where mixed martial arts has only recently been allowed and sanctioned, and their plans to run numerous shows there. We also discussed that the athletic commission in Ontario is only permitting MMA fights in a cage and not a ring. MFC has thus far used a ring, and we discussed the issues related to that, as well as 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.
    Also, No Holds Barred is available through iTunes.
    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:
    Beezid.com - Penny Auctions. Your #1 source for exciting auction shopping and outstanding deals on just about anything! Top rated, most trusted auction site online. Where do you shop? Beezid.com - Penny Auctions.
    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/.
    The American Sambo Association, which is committed to becoming the premier association in the U.S. dedicated to the advancement of Sambo. Sambo is a form of sport, self-defense, and combat established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. For more information, go to ussambo.com.
    BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

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