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Saturday, August 18, 2012

No Holds Barred: John Perretti on the Magnificence of Wrestling 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with lifelong martial artist, former UFC and Battlecade Extreme Fighting matchmaker, TV commentator, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti.

Our discussion, recorded Wednesday on Skype, highlighted some of the important lessons of the 2012 Olympics, especially the wrestling competition.

Speaking of the Olympic wrestlers, John Perretti said in this interview, "They're so heroic. They remind me of the statue of Hercules." What they demonstrated on the mat, he added, was "the magnificence of wrestling."

This was a lengthy and wide-ranging discussion about the combat sports, covering topics including the level of athleticism in these various sports; his philosophy of matchmaking which uses a pyramid structure to build contenders; doping; carbohydrates and diabetes; the future of combat sports; the role of grappling; John Perretti's unique contributions to creating the modern framework of mixed martial arts fights; the historic 1997 all-grappling show called "The Contenders"; and much, much more.

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