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Saturday, May 26, 2012

No Holds Barred: Tami Carswell on G3 Summit and Women's Fighter Conference, and Women in Combat Sports 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with boxing and MMA coach Tami Carswell.

She is involved in organizing the G3 Summit and Women's Fighter Conference.

This event will be held July 28 through August 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The G3 Summit and Women's Fighter Conference, according to its web site, "brings the best coaches, instructors, and personalities from the women's boxing, grappling, wrestling, and MMA all in one place." The event "will consist of seminars, fighter clinics, and competitions - including kickboxing, grappling, and MMA."

We spoke with Tami Carswell by phone Friday afternoon about the G3 Summit and Women's Fighter Conference. We also had a lengthy, informative, and pointed discussion about the position of women in combat sports, the continued obstacles and double standards they face, and the role of sexism and stigmas against women fighters and athletes in limiting or denying them opportunities to compete.

In this epic interview, Tami Carswell destroyed many of the myths about women in combat sports. While the talent pool may not now be as deep for women fighters as it is for men, she countered, "Why wouldn't you want to develop that? That's where the cop-out is." And she emphasized, "The world should be able to see the best of the male fighters and the best of the female fighters in the UFC or anything on that level."

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

No Holds Barred: On the Chael Sonnen and Nick Diaz Rulings by the Nevada State Athletic Commission 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman comments on the May 21 hearing and rulings by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding UFC fighters Chael Sonnen and Nick Diaz.

Sonnen had been suspended in 2010 by the California State Athletic Commission for an elevated testosterone/epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 16.9:1. The CSAC only allowed for a maximum ratio for athletes of 4:1. Sonnen claimed that he needed testosterone replacement therapy, and on Monday applied for, and was granted, a therapeutic use exemption by the Nevada commission.

We read a statement by Victor Conte, the former BALCO mastermind who is now an anti-doping consultant and activist, calling this ruling "outrageous". We explain why this exemption in essence, whatever the intent, puts the Nevada commission in the role of being an enabler of doping rather than a preventer and blocker of doping, and thus support calls for this commission to be investigated and its members fired.

In addition, we discuss the one-year suspension and fine handed down to Nick Diaz for a positive test for marijuana metabolites, and contrast this to the kid glove treatment afforded Sonnen. Diaz has a medical marijuana card in his home state of California. But we also argue that Diaz, who had been suspended by this same commission back in 2007 for marijuana use, should not have been allowed to get off without any punishment. We also question the views of those who simply want to remove marijuana from the list of banned substances in the World Anti-Doping Code, 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:

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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