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Monday, August 27, 2012
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling legend Ricardo Liborio, who is the co-owner and head instructor for American Top Team.
Ricardo Liborio has also been named the coach for Team USA, which will be competing in the first-ever World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts "USA vs. The World" event on September 15 at the MGM Grand Theater at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
While American Top Team has long been known as a home of champion fighters, a number of newer fighters have recently been making names for themselves.
"There's a new, young generation of American Top Team fighters coming in, and we're pleased with that," said Ricardo Liborio, in this interview which was recorded by phone Sunday. It was on these new fighters which we mainly focused our discussion.
Attila Vegh just electrified the MMA world with a 25-second knockout of veteran Travis Wiuff at Bellator 73 on August 24 to win their light heavyweight tournament and earn a title shot. Based in Slovakia and training now as part of American Top Team, the 27-year-old Vegh was a world champion in kempo karate and has mainly fought, until now, in Europe.
Kelly Anundson, who turns 28 on August 29, not only was a Div. II All-American wrestler at Newberry College, but was also a FILA world grappling champion. Now 5-1 in MMA with four submission victories, he will be fighting for a heavyweight title against veteran Alexey Oleinik on that September 15 World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts card.
Bubba Jenkins, 24, was a 2007 junior world champion in freestyle wrestling and a 2011 NCAA Div. I wrestling champion for Arizona State. He is now 3-0 in MMA, and is expected to fight at lightweight at the next Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) event.
Steve Mocco, 30, is a two-time NCAA Div. I heavyweight wrestling champion and a 2008 U.S. Olympian in freestyle wrestling. He is planning to make his long-awaited MMA debut, also likely at that next RFA event. Known as having a tireless work ethic, he is one of the highest level wrestlers who will be competing in MMA.
We discussed what is happening with these American Top Team fighters with Ricardo Liborio. We also commented on the late-career resurgence of MMA veteran and two-time ADCC champion Jeff Monson, and much more.
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