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Saturday, April 16, 2011

No Holds Barred: Warrior, Forthcoming MMA Movie, Previewed 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman reports from a screening of the forthcoming movie "Warrior". This major film, scheduled for release in September 2011, is a drama focusing on the quest of two estranged brothers to win a Grand Prix MMA tournament.
While Hollywood is known for its preposterous stories and clichés, especially in fight films, previews of the rough cut of this film have been getting glowing reviews from both general movie observers and many in the MMA community as well. Many are already mentioning the riveting performances of stars Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte as deserving of Oscar nominations.
We went to a media screening of "Warrior" Thursday night in New York, and recorded the comments of several of those in attendance immediately after the film concluded. We spoke with Jim Genia (mmajournalist.blogspot.com), Paula Romero, Kahleem Poole (kahl-one.com), Jeannie Rodriguez, and Al Bevilacqua (NYWrestling.com).
While this film is far from perfect in its portrayal of mixed martial arts, everyone with whom we spoke gave it a thumbs up. Our unanimous conclusion was: Whether you are a fan of MMA or not, "Warrior" is a must-see film.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

No Holds Barred: Bjorn Rebney of Bellator Fighting Championships 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Bjorn Rebney, the CEO of the Bellator Fighting Championships.
Their next show, Bellator 41, will be held Saturday, April 16, at the Cocopah Resort and Casino, in Somerton, Arizona, near Yuma. It will be shown live in the U.S. on MTV2.
On that card, Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren has a non-title fight against Marcos "Louro" Galvao, and Bellator bantamweight champion Zack Makovsky has a non-title fight against Chad Robichaux. There are also the two semi-final fights in their season four featherweight tournament, as Wilson Reis fights Patricio "Pitbull" Freire and Kenny Foster fights Daniel Straus.
We spoke with Bjorn Rebney by phone Wednesday evening about this card and the past, present, and future of Bellator. We discussed their tournament format, which clearly distinguishes Bellator from most mixed martial arts companies where promoters pick and choose who gets title shots and who does not. We discussed their business model, which, according to Bjorn Rebney, has gotten them to a "cash flow break-even" point in this, their third year of running shows. He explained that unlike some other companies, Bellator is not for sale, will not be in the future, and why. We also discussed many other topics including their schedule for the season four tournament finals, their deal with MTV2 and their rising TV ratings, the possibility of co-promotion with other MMA companies, when some of their newer fighters will be making their debuts, the return of women fighters, and much more.
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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.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

No Holds Barred: Rodrigo Comprido Medeiros on Fighting Steroids in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with one of the legends of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros.
In 1999 and 2000, Comprido won the black belt absolute division in the Mundials, the jiu-jitsu world championships, and owns the record of the fastest submission in a black belt final. He now is primarily instructing other athletes at the FLO Mixed Martial Arts academy in Palatine, Illinois, near Chicago.
Comprido recently joined a growing number of people in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who are calling for the institution of drug testing in that sport to combat cheating. He particularly gained much attention addressing this issue squarely in his "Open letter to all practitioners of BJJ".
We spoke with Comprido Monday afternoon by Skype about his open letter and this important issue. He explained how he actually witnessed an athlete die from steroids during the 2000 Mundials. He believes that steroid use in jiu-jitsu is still a major problem, and he wants this martial art and sport cleaned up. We discussed why this is essential for the health of the athletes, for making the sport fair, and for setting an example for the youth. We discussed how the athletes, fans, media, and everyone else must speak up on this issue, and much more.
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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.
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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.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

No Holds Barred: Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz, Kristal Hart, Maidana-Morales Fight of Year Recap 




On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz about their fight coming up on Saturday, April 16, and recaps the surprisingly delightful and brutal battle between Marcos Maidana and Erik Morales on April 9.
Many observers expected a one-sided affair, and even a brutal beatdown, when slugger Marcos Maidana took on the aging but classical Mexican veteran Erik Morales in a junior welterweight fight on April 9 in Las Vegas. But as their battle ensued, it not only proved to be highly competitive, but riveting and dramatic as it advanced from round to round. With his right eye cut in the first round and then swollen shut, Morales managed to fight on and stay in the fight until almost the end. While Maidana, now 30-2 with 27 KOs, won a majority decision over Morales, now 51-7 with 35 KOs, this war was a genuine fight of the year candidate. We analyze the context of this fight, how it looked going in like another example of the kinds of fights which have stripped boxing of any credibility, and how it ended up becoming one of the most compelling if brutal fights of recent memory. And we compare it to the main events on the major mixed martial arts cards this past weekend.
This coming Saturday, April 16, there is yet another fight which could turn out to be a surprise to the skeptics and cynics, who are usually correct in their (and our) assessments of professional boxing. Unbeaten WBC welterweight Andre Berto (27-0. 21 KOs) will fight Victor Ortiz (28-2-2, 22 KOs), who is moving up from the junior welterweight division. This fight will take place at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut, and be shown live in the U.S. on HBO.
While Berto is the favorite, Ortiz, who once was touted by his promoters, Golden Boy Promotions, as the next big thing, is not happy with being viewed as an opponent. His loss to Maidana and draw with Lamont Peterson have removed him from consideration as an elite fighter, and that may serve as motivation for him to attempt to make a statement in what some consider a showcase fight for Berto. But Berto is highly confident as well, which may make for another week of a surprisingly competitive and thrilling main event in the major card in boxing.
We spoke with both Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz at the kickoff news conference for this fight in New York. We also spoke with Kristal Hart, who hosts The Kristal Hart Show in New York on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, about what to expect in this fight.
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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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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.

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