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Friday, June 29, 2012

No Holds Barred: Steve Mocco 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Steve Mocco.

A two-time NCAA Div. I heavyweight wrestling champion and a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team, Steve is one of the latest of the many elite wrestlers who are making the transition to mixed martial arts. He is now training full-time with American Top Team and hopes to make his MMA debut in the near future.

We spoke with Steve Mocco by phone Friday about this transition from wrestling to MMA and his training at American Top Team, which he said is "a real good fit for me and a natural move."

We discussed his training in submission and standup fighting, his background in judo, why he decided to go into MMA now, his plans to start fighting professionally, what those running wrestling can do to retain some of the elite athletes who are becoming MMA fighters, 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.

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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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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

No Holds Barred: Evgeni Kogan on Fedor Retiring and the Future of M-1 Global 





(Photos by Keisha Morrisey)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Evgeni Kogan, the director of operations of M-1 Global.

On June 21, M-1 Global held a major card in St. Petersburg, Russia, headlined by the first-round knockout by the legend Fedor Emelianenko over Pedro Rizzo. Right after that fight, Fedor announced his retirement as an active fighter.

We spoke with Evgeni Kogan by Skype Tuesday about this card and Fedor's retirement. We discussed Fedor's legacy as a fighter, whether or not he can be considered the best MMA fighter of all time, and if anyone else could ever match his ten-year unbeaten streak against top opposition. We also discussed the other fights on this card, including the third-round TKO win by Kenny Garner over Guram Gugenishvili to capture the M-1 heavyweight title, and the first-round heel hook victory by Musa Khamanaev over Daniel Weichel to win the M-1 lightweight title. And we discussed Jeff Monson's submission win over Denis Komkin and Monson's epic ring entrance as the Soviet national anthem played in the arena.

In addition, we discussed what Fedor might do in retirement, his involvement with amateur MMA in Russia, the officiating and governance in M-1, the plans for international expansion, the possibility of a return to American television, the next M-1 cards, 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.

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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Sunday, June 24, 2012

No Holds Barred: Rose Gracie and Gracie Worlds; ONE FC Review 




On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Rose Gracie about the submission-only grappling event, the Gracie Worlds. And we review the historic ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors card, which took place June 23 at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Gracie Worlds will take place at TheFitExpo on Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The gi tournament, including superfights, is on July 14, while the no-gi tournament, also including superfights, is on July 15. In both these tournaments, the only way to win is by submission, as there are no judges or points scored. If there is no submission, neither competitor advances. The adult division matches have 15-minute time limits, while in the finals there is no time limit.

We spoke with Rose Gracie by phone Wednesday about this event and why these rules, which she says come from her late grandfather, Helio Gracie, are needed to revitalize jiu-jitsu. In her event, she said in this interview. "100 percent of the outcome of the matches [is] in the hands of the competitor."

In addition, we discussed the need for drug-testing in jiu-jitsu and grappling, the growing media coverage of her tournaments, the real relation between jiu-jitsu and MMA, and more.

We open this edition of the show with a review of the fights on the ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors card, and comment on some of the lessons from this impressive event. The next ONE FC card will take place August 31 in the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, the Philippines, in which the 1975 "Thrilla in Manila" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier took place.

Also, we offer a few more comments on the June 21 M-1 Global card in St. Petersburg, Russia, and what might be the best post ever about combat sports posted on Facebook.

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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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/.

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