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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

No Holds Barred: Olympic Wrestling Preview with Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling 




On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Gary Abbott, Director of Communications and Special Projects of USA Wrestling, to preview the wrestling competition at the 2012 London Olympics.

On Sunday, August 5, wrestling will commence at the 2012 London Olympics and continue every day through Sunday, August 12, the last day of these Summer Olympic Games. The competition will be held in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, with seven sets of medals being awarded in Greco, seven in men's freestyle, and four in women's freestyle. This action, the pinnacle for the sport of wrestling, takes place at the ExCeL Centre, the largest competition venue at the London 2012 Games.

We recently spoke with Gary Abbott, before he left for London, to break down who are the top wrestlers in the world in each weight class and what are the medal prospects for the American wrestlers.

"The U.S. team will be exciting," Gary Abbott said during this interview. "I think that we'll be scoring points, and that's what it's going to take to win."

We also discussed the current rules of international wrestling, how USA Wrestling at this time is not involved with styles which include striking such as amateur MMA, and much more.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2012 Olympic Wrestling Gold Medal Predictions 




It is just about here. On Sunday, August 5, wrestling will commence at the 2012 London Olympics and continue every day through Sunday, August 12, the last day of these Summer Olympic Games. The competition will be held in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, with seven sets of medals being awarded in Greco, seven in men's freestyle, and four in women's freestyle.

This action, the pinnacle for the sport of wrestling, takes place at the ExCeL Centre, the largest competition venue at the London 2012 Games.

For many years now, USA Wrestling has organized a poll of international wrestling journalists to predict the gold medal winners, in which I have participated. The main purpose is not to have our own wrestling media Olympics, but to spark interest and discussion about the world's oldest sport. It is in this light that I post my predictions. Although they undoubtedly include many incorrect picks, they are based on studying the records of the wrestlers involved and adding in the effects of the human factors, which make such predictions both fascinating and frustrating.

Here, in all 18 wrestling events, are my gold medal picks:


Greco-Roman

55 kg - Jung-Baek Lee (Korea)

60 kg - Omid Noroozi (Iran)

66 kg - Saeid Mourad Abdvali (Iran)

74 kg - Roman Vlasov (Russia)

84 kg - Alan Khugaev (Russia)

96 kg - Artur Aleksanyan (Armenia)

120 kg - Mijian Lopez (Cuba)


Women's Freestyle

48 kg - Hitomi Obara Sakamoto (Japan)

55 kg - Saori Yoshida (Japan)

63 kg - Kaori Icho (Japan)

72 kg - Stanka Zlateva Hristova (Bulgaria)


Men's Freestyle

55 kg - Dyamal Sultanovich Otarsultanov (Russia)

60 kg - Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico)

66 kg - Mehdi Taghavi Kermani (Iran)

74 kg - Jordan Burroughs (USA)

84 kg - Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan)

96 kg - Abdusalam Gadisov (Russia)

120 kg - Beylal Makhov (Russia)

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

No Holds Barred: Victor Cui Previews ONE FC: Pride of a Nation 






On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman previews the ONE FC: Pride of a Nation mixed martial arts card with Victor Cui, the CEO of ONE FC.

ONE FC: Pride of a Nation will be held Friday, August 31, at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, the Philippines, the site of the 1975 "Thrilla in Manila" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

Among the many fights on this card, which is still being finalized, will be a showdown between Gustavo Falciroli, who holds the CFC (Cage Fighting Championship) bantamweight title, and the internationally-ranked Bibiano Fernandes, who holds the Dream bantamweight title.

"When you go to the Philippines and when you hear the level of excitement that people have for ONE FC coming to town and how fast our ticket sales are moving and how knowledgeable people are of MMA and what we're doing there, it's really, really exciting," Victor Cui said in this interview, which was recorded by Skype Friday (Thursday New York time).

"Our press conference there was supposed to be a half hour press conference, and they ended up doing interviews and talking for almost four hours," he added. "When we sell out Smart Araneta Coliseum, 16,000 people, it's going to be insane in there."

We discussed what fights are confirmed for this card, including the historic participation of three members of the Gracie family: Rolles, Igor, and Gregor Gracie. We discussed the many fighters from the Philippines who will also be featured, including Eric Kelly, Eduard Folayang, and others, and who is confirmed, likely (including Shinya Aoki), and not appearing on this card. We also discussed how ONE FC works with URCC, the major MMA company in the Philippines, as well as the plans for a live webcast of this event, and much more.

In addition, Eddie offers a commentary on the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics, the important role played in it by athletes from the combat sports, and the true spirit of Olympism.

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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