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Thursday, July 21, 2011

No Holds Barred: Victor Conte on Doping, Boxing, and MMA 


On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Victor Conte.
Formerly at the center of the BALCO doping scandal, and after having served four months in prison in 2005 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering, he now says that he has returned to helping train athletes the right and legal way. He presently runs SNAC, Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning.
In addition, he has been involved in the training of a number of top boxers and mixed martial arts fighters. Among those is IBF 140-pound champion Zab Judah, who fights WBA champion Amir Khan in Las Vegas this Saturday night, July 23.
We spoke by phone with Victor Conte Wednesday night about his training of Zab Judah and why he believes that the 33-year-old Judah, a former junior welterweight and welterweight champion who has returned to his original weight class, will defeat the 24-year-old Khan. We of course discussed the issue of doping, and he criticized the present anti-doping procedures carried out by North American athletic commissions for boxing and MMA as "worthless". We discussed the Mayweather-Pacquiao controversy over what drug-testing such a proposed fight should have. He also described doping in MMA as "rampant". He called for much more scrutiny on the issue of testosterone replacement therapy, which many people believe has been abused by athletes in an attempt to conceal the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
In addition, he revealed that he is working with Dr. Margaret Goodman, the neurologist and former ringside physician and head of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, on a new anti-doping project. Dr. Goodman is leading the effort to establish an organization called VADA, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency. This would have elite boxers and MMA fighters voluntarily submit to random, unannounced blood and urine testing using the protocols of WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency. The goal would then be for their opponents to agree to such testing as well, and to help those many fighters who are against doping to combat the cheating in their sports.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

No Holds Barred: Rob Constance on Ultimate Absolute Grappling in New York on July 30 


On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and instructor Rob Constance AKA Black Rob.
Besides operating the Renzo Gracie Academy Hoboken, he is one of the main organizers of a new grappling event, the Ultimate Absolute.
The Ultimate Absolute is a one-day, 16-man, single-elimination, no-gi grappling tournament featuring numerous world champions and grappling stars. Its debut show is scheduled to be held Saturday, July 30, at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, directly across the street from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.
We spoke with Rob at the Renzo Gracie Academy in Manhattan about this important event and its significance in developing grappling as a spectator sport. We discussed who is slated to compete, the rules, and much more.
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M-1 Global. Founded in 1998, M-1 Global has staged over 100 mixed martial arts events worldwide including the M-1 Selection tournaments and M-1 Challenge events, in Eastern and Western Europe, North America, and Asia. While discovering and developing the world's next generation of superstar fighters, M-1 Global's greatest asset is the number one heavyweight in mixed martial arts history, Fedor Emelianenko. Make sure to catch their shows from around the world, including on Showtime in the U.S., and visit their web site, M-1Global.com, and the M-1 Facebook page for news, videos, and live streaming events.
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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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