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Saturday, November 05, 2011

No Holds Barred: Coach Kevin Jackson Previews 2011-12 Iowa State Wrestling; Snake Pit Expands 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Kevin Jackson, the Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion freestyle wrestler, who is starting his third season as head wrestling coach for the legendary Iowa State Cyclones.

While Iowa State did have an NCAA champion last season in senior Jon Reader at 174 pounds, the team finished a disappointing twentieth at the NCAA Championships, one of the lowest finishes since the team started competing in 1928. While some starters are returning this season, the 2011-12 Cyclones are a relatively young team which will feature several new wrestlers in their lineup, including freshmen, such as the highly-touted Kyven Gadson.

We spoke with Coach Jackson Friday afternoon by phone about his young team. We discussed who are the likely starters, the new recruits for the Cyclones, how competing in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling is helpful for college wrestlers, possible changes in the Big 12 Conference, and much more.

In addition, we open by noting the continued revival of catch wrestling. This week saw the launch of the new web site of the world-famous Snake Pit. Much more is to come for this home of catch wrestling in Wigan, England, and around the world.

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

No Holds Barred: Jeff Monson on Fighting Fedor, Occupy Wall Street, and More 



On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with American Top Team mixed martial arts fighter and two-time ADCC world champion Jeff Monson.

On Sunday, November 20, Jeff Monson will be fighting Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of an M-1 Global mixed martial arts card at the Olympic Hall in Moscow, Russia. While Fedor had a ten-year winning streak and is regarded as the best heavyweight MMA fighter of all time, he has lost his last three fights. The stage is thus set for this showdown between these two veteran fighters on Fedor's home turf.

We spoke with Jeff Monson Wednesday night by phone about his approach to taking on this legend. We discussed the relative strengths of each fighter, who has the edge in grappling and striking, and what his basic game plan may be.

Jeff is also keeping a very busy schedule, as this will be his sixth MMA fight this year in addition to his competing in numerous grappling events. He also is traveling around the world conducting seminars. We discussed this, as well as his attitude to the recent revival of catch wrestling.

But Jeff is also a self-described anarchist and remains politically active. He was recently arrested at a protest in Olympia, Washington, although all the charges were soon dropped. We thus discussed the growing Occupy Wall Street movement, his views on the many problems in the world, how he has been viewed as a combat sports fighter participating in an avowedly non-violent movement, and much 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:

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City, featuring the Renzo Gracie Gi Open 2011 tournament, a signing of his new book by MMA legend Randy Couture, grappling and muay Thai action, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The third annual MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, December 17, and Sunday, December 18, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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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, October 31, 2011

No Holds Barred: Kirkland-Angulo and Quillin-McEwan Previews, MMA vs. Boxing 


On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman previews the James Kirkland-Alfredo Angulo and Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin-Craig McEwan fights of November 5, and issues a challenge to MMA fans about the MMA vs. boxing debate.

On Saturday, November 5, there will be three televised boxing cards in the U.S., and none of them on pay-per-view. Besides the Showtime card headlined by unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute facing Glen Johnson, and the WealthTV card promoted by Don King headlined by WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones fighting Mike Marrone, HBO will have a doubleheader coming from Cancun, Mexico.

Two sluggers who very much need a big victory will face each other in the main event of the HBO card, as James Kirkland (29-1, 26 KOs) faces Alfredo Angulo (20-1, 17 KOs) in a 12-round, 154-pound WBC title eliminator. The first-round knockout loss earlier this year of Kirkland by little-known Nobuhiro Ishida, and the 2009 decision loss of Angulo to Kermit Cintron, halted the title quests of both these highly-touted fighters, so an impressive victory is essential for both Kirkland and Angulo. Most observers expect this one to be a memorable shootout, and it is not to be missed.

Also on that televised card, the unbeaten Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (25-0, 19 KOs) makes his HBO debut against Craig McEwan (19-1, 10 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight fight. McEwan is coming off the first loss of his career, a tenth-round TKO by Andy Lee in March.

On a media conference call Monday, Kirkland explained how he has become a different fighter since his loss to Ishida. We also spoke with both Peter Quillin and Craig McEwan to get their takes on their fight.

In addition, we issue a challenge to those MMA fans who watched the UFC pay-per-view this past Saturday headlined by the Nick Diaz-B.J. Penn fight. Our challenge: watch any or all of these three non-pay-per-view boxing cards this coming Saturday, November 5, and let us know whether or not they were better than the UFC pay-per-view.

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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:

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City, featuring the Renzo Gracie Gi Open 2011 tournament, a signing of his new book by MMA legend Randy Couture, grappling and muay Thai action, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The third annual MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, December 17, and Sunday, December 18, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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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.

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