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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

No Holds Barred: Gavin O'Connor, Director and Screenwriter of New Film, Warrior 


On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Gavin O'Connor, the director and screenwriter of the new, ground-breaking, mixed martial arts-themed dramatic film, "Warrior".
Gavin O'Connor also was the producer of the celebrated documentary "The Smashing Machine" about MMA fighter and wrestler Mark Kerr.
"Warrior", which will be released on September 9, is a riveting drama focusing on the quest of two estranged brothers to win a Grand Prix MMA tournament. It stars Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte. In its previews, it has deservedly received enthusiastic praise, both from general movie observers and those in the MMA community alike. Many are already predicting that the film and those involved with it will receive numerous awards.
We spoke with Gavin O'Connor on Wednesday by phone about the background to this film. "I really wanted this to be a love letter to the sport because I love the sport," he said. The verdict seems to be that he has succeeded in doing precisely that.
As we said when we saw a preview of the film in April, whether you are a fan of MMA or not, "Warrior" is a must-see film.
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Monday, August 15, 2011

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal on Sept. 10 Fight with Roger Gracie, Agbeko-Mares Controversy, and Combat Sports 


On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with freestyle and college champion wrestler, and the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, "King" Mo Lawal.
After being out of action since August 2010 because of a knee injury, "King" Mo will return on September 10 to face multi-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and ADCC world champion Roger Gracie on a Strikeforce MMA card in Cincinnati, Ohio.
We spoke with "King" Mo Sunday evening by phone about how he is approaching this fight. He also was in attendance at the August 13 boxing match between Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares, and we discussed the controversy over the failure of referee Russell Mora to penalize Mares despite dozens of low blows. As always, since "King" Mo is a connoisseur of all the combat sports, we discussed what is going on in boxing, as well as international wrestling, where three-time Olympic gold medalist Buvaisar Saitiev of Russia may be making yet another Olympic run in 2012. We discussed with "King" Mo his plans for the future, how he has been training with top athletes in several combat sports, and much more.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

No Holds Barred: Keisha Morrisey on the Agbeko-Mares Refereeing Disgrace 


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On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our colleague and correspondent Keisha Morrisey.
In the August 13 bantamweight title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, between Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares, referee Russell Mora let Mares land countless low blows without even deducting a point, much less disqualifying him. In the eleventh round, Mora even counted for a knockdown after Agbeko went down from a clear shot to the groin by Mares. This was one of the worst refereeing jobs in modern boxing history, and made the majority decision victory awarded to Mares virtually meaningless.
Outrage has been virtually unanimous among those who saw the fight (except, of course, from the referee), and many are calling for an immediate rematch, as well as nullifying the decision. The New Jersey commission suspended all three judges after their absurd decision in the Lara-Williams fight earlier this year, so it will be instructive to see what action if any the Nevada commission takes regarding Mora.
We spoke by phone late Saturday night right after the Agbeko-Mares fight with Keisha Morrisey. We discussed the refereeing in this fight, what it says about the continuously declining state of boxing, what should be done next, 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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