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Saturday, May 19, 2012

No Holds Barred: Victor Cui of ONE FC on the ONE Asia MMA Summit 2012 






On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Victor Cui, the CEO and owner of the ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC).

ONE FC will be hosting a unique and historic event called the ONE Asia MMA Summit 2012. This is not a fight card, but a gathering of 150 leaders "from the biggest MMA promotions, the most prominent MMA gyms, the largest global sponsors, the top media companies, and government partners" to discuss various aspects of the rapidly-growing mixed martial arts scene in Asia, and how to continue to work together via the ONE FC Network.

The invitation-only ONE Asia MMA Summit 2012 will take place June 1-3 in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands resort and casino.

We spoke with Victor Cui about this ground-breaking event by phone Friday Singapore time (Thursday New York time).

"The entire community under the ONE FC Network is coming together," said Victor Cui in this interview. "Everybody that has helped bring MMA to where it is right now in Asia is going to be at this Summit."

We thus discussed the importance and goals of this Summit, some of the topics of the presentations and discussions which will take place, the long-term plans of ONE FC including regional and international television deals, how the various MMA promotions in the ONE FC Network have been working together, the role of the MMA media, and much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

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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:

ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Victor Conte statement about Andre Berto's positive drug test 

I had absolutely nothing to do Andre Berto's positive drug test for nandrolone.

Andre enrolled in the VADA drug testing program in early 2012. While using my nutritional products and protocols Andre's blood and urine were randomly tested twice before his recent bicep injury and all tests were negative. After his positive test was revealed, Andre admitted that he recently took some supplements that were not provided by me and did so without my knowledge. It is possible that one these supplements was contaminated with trace amounts of nandrolone and caused his positive test result. My understanding is that an investigation is being conducted in an attempt to determine the culprit. I was the person who encouraged Andre to enroll in the VADA program and I will continue to encourage athletes to do so. There have been hundreds of nandrolone positive drug tests in the past that I believe were a result of contaminated supplements. Nandrolone is the longest lasting anabolic steroid known to man and therefore it is unlikely that any elite athlete would ever use it in and attempt to cheat. However, the strict liability rule makes an athlete responsible for whatever is in their body regardless of how it got there. I do my best to help athletes to make good choices, but unfortunately they do not always listen to my advice.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

No Holds Barred: Jessica Aguilar 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Bellator Fighting Championships and American Top Team MMA fighter Jessica "Jag:)" Aguilar.

In a major fight between two of the top women fighters in the world, and arguably the top two in the 115-pound weight class, Jessica Aguilar will take on Japanese star Megumi Fujii at Bellator 69 on Friday, May 18. This card will take place at the L'Auberge Du Lac Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and will be televised live in the U.S. on MTV2 and in HD on Epix.

We spoke with Jessica Aguilar by phone this past Thursday to preview this important and high-profile fight.

"The sport is growing for us," she observed in this interview, regarding opportunities for women fighters. She discussed this fight with Megumi Fujii, whom she called "a legend." She also hopes to get in another tournament in Bellator so she can have a crack at a championship. In addition, she said she is continuing her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training both in a gi and without a gi. We also discussed if she would like to compete in the ADCC World Submission Fighting Championships next year, her desire to teach young athletes, and much more.

She also requested that we include this statement which she sent us after the interview:

"I want to give a huge thanks to all my sponsors, teammates, fans, family and all the media like yourself who have helped me on this journey, Eddie. I am blessed and very appreciative to everyone for their continuous support and love. I don't have words to say how much it means to me. Also a huge GRACIAS Bjorn for giving me this opportunity! Smile & Believe."

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

No Holds Barred is also available on mobile phones and iPads through Stitcher.

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:

ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

No Holds Barred: Catherine Ordway on the Integrity and Anti-Doping Movements in World Sport 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Catherine Ordway, a sports integrity consultant and attorney focusing on anti-doping, corruption, and match-fixing issues.

Based in Australia, and dealing with many issues at once, she works as an Advisory Board Member at Asia Pacific World Sport and Women, with the Doping Hearing Tribunal at SportAccord, and as an IAAF Medical and Anti-Doping Delegate. She has written numerous articles and made many presentations on good governance and the battle against doping and corruption in world sport. She also is a consultant on anti-doping issues to the bid group which is seeking to get Istanbul, Turkey, selected as the host of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The issues of doping, match-fixing, and other forms of corruption, along with bad governance, are haunting world sport, and not just the historically scandal-plagued combat sports. What to do about them has caused controversy as well.

We thus discussed these issues with Catherine Ordway in a global context in an interview recorded by Skype on Friday.

"I feel very optimistic," she said in this interview. "I love sport, and everybody that's involved that I know in the anti-doping movement and the integrity movement also love sport. And they're in it because they see what's good about sport, and that they want to keep what we love about it going forward."

We discussed how doping is a symptom of broader forms of cheating in sport, the need for a proactive approach to these problems, how change sometimes only comes following tragedies in sport (such as the suicide of former NFL star Junior Seau), the proposal for the eventual formation of a World Anti-Corruption Agency for sport, the issues of bad governance in combat sports as well as concussions and poor anti-doping control, the need for fans to speak out against the various forms of corruption, and more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

No Holds Barred is also available on mobile phones and iPads through Stitcher.

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:

ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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