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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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Sunday, September 25, 2011

No Holds Barred: Ward-Froch, Hershman on Strikeforce, Mayweather-Ortiz Replay, Dream 17, Kids Cage Fighting, New Olympic Boxing Scandal 



On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman continues commentary on some of the recent controversies in the combat sports. We discuss the postponement of the Andre Ward-Carl Froch World Boxing Classic tournament final because of a training injury to Ward, and compare that to the handling of the injury to Alistair Overeem which caused him to request a postponement of his Strikeforce tournament semifinal. We hear comments from Ken Hershman of Showtime Sports on their relationship with Strikeforce. We analyze the HBO replay of the controversial Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz fight, where the instruction of referee Joe Cortez for both fighters to resume fighting after deducting a point from Ortiz for a head butt was shown on the fight replay, but edited out of the replays thereafter. We discuss the good and bad points of the Dream 17 mixed martial arts card in Japan this past weekend. We expose the U.K. and U.S. media hysteria over a supposed cage fight between young boys, which was really submission grappling with no striking. We discuss the allegations in a BBC report that 2012 Olympic boxing medals were for sale. And we exhort everyone to speak up against corruption in combat sports, lest the bad guys continue to win.

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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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