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Saturday, August 18, 2012

No Holds Barred: John Perretti on the Magnificence of Wrestling 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with lifelong martial artist, former UFC and Battlecade Extreme Fighting matchmaker, TV commentator, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti.

Our discussion, recorded Wednesday on Skype, highlighted some of the important lessons of the 2012 Olympics, especially the wrestling competition.

Speaking of the Olympic wrestlers, John Perretti said in this interview, "They're so heroic. They remind me of the statue of Hercules." What they demonstrated on the mat, he added, was "the magnificence of wrestling."

This was a lengthy and wide-ranging discussion about the combat sports, covering topics including the level of athleticism in these various sports; his philosophy of matchmaking which uses a pyramid structure to build contenders; doping; carbohydrates and diabetes; the future of combat sports; the role of grappling; John Perretti's unique contributions to creating the modern framework of mixed martial arts fights; the historic 1997 all-grappling show called "The Contenders"; and much, 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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Thursday, August 16, 2012

No Holds Barred: Renzo Gracie, Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie, Gregor Gracie 




(Photo by Renzo Gracie)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with four members of the legendary Gracie family: Renzo Gracie, Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie, and Gregor Gracie.

We spoke with them on Thursday afternoon at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York where Renzo was leading an intense training session. Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie, and Gregor Gracie are all scheduled to fight on the ONE FC: Pride of a Nation card Friday, August 31, at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, the Philippines.

On that card, Rolles Gracie will be fighting King of the Cage cruiserweight champion Tony Bonello, Igor Gracie will be fighting Korean welterweight Jung Hwan Cha, and Gregor Gracie will be fighting URCC light heavyweight champion Nicholas Mann.

We discussed their recent fights, what to expect in what should be competitive fights for all of them, and their all looking forward to fighting in front of an enthusiastic sellout crowd in the same arena in the Philippines which housed the legendary "Thrilla in Manila" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975. Fighting with his brothers on the same card will be, according to Rolles, "a dream come true." In addition, Renzo acknowledged that he would take a rematch of his Pride 10 fight with Kazushi Sakuraba under the right conditions.

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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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

No Holds Barred: Bibiano Fernandes 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with multi-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA champion Bibiano Fernandes.

Currently the holder of the Dream bantamweight title, Bibiano Fernandes will be making his debut in ONE FC on August 31 in a fight against another champion, Gustavo Falciroli, who currently holds the CFC (Cage Fighting Championship) bantamweight title.

ONE FC: Pride of a Nation will take place Friday, August 31, at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, the Philippines.

We spoke with Bibiano Fernandes by phone Monday as he was making his preparations for this fight.

Speaking about Gustavo Falciroli, against whom he is favored, he explained in this interview, "I believe today I have no easy fights. Everybody knows something today." And about his opponent, he said, "He's a very good talent. He's good. I respect that."

We also discussed his transition from just competing in BJJ to becoming a world-renowned MMA fighter; his introduction to MMA at a Jungle Fight event in Manaus, Brazil; his facing King of the Cage champion Urijah Faber at a 2006 King of the Cage event in only his second professional MMA fight; his fighting in Japan in Dream where he held the featherweight and later bantamweight titles; the erroneous reports that he had signed with UFC; why he instead chose to sign with ONE FC; the tremendous reception ONE FC received at their recent prefight press conference in the Philippines; his deep devotion to his family, including a new addition expected shortly; 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, August 12, 2012

No Holds Barred: Kevin Jackson on the Spectacular Wrestling at the 2012 Olympics 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with 1992 freestyle wrestling Olympic gold medalist, former MMA fighter, and current head wrestling coach for the Iowa State Cyclones, Kevin Jackson.

We spoke by phone Sunday evening just after the conclusion of the 2012 London Olympics, and the eight days of wrestling at it, and both agreed that this was a great event which showcased spectacular wrestling and unparalleled athleticism.

Speaking about U.S. freestyle wrestler Jordan Burroughs, who won a gold medal at 74 kg, Coach Jackson noted the "electricity that surrounds him and the technical skills and the athletic ability and the energy in which he wrestled with, of scoring points and not going to one clinch." Burroughs wrestling this way on the first day of freestyle competition "set the tone" for other wrestlers in other weight classes, he added.

On the issue of world-class wrestlers, particularly some Americans, leaving international competition to go into MMA, Coach Jackson commented, "Most wrestlers want to wrestle. If they're still in a position, in a situation to be the best in the world, that's what they want to do. But some choose not to. They choose to go into the MMA for the financial gain, as opposed to the fame or the challenge."

We also discussed the success of 96 kg freestyle wrestling gold medalist Jake Varner of the U.S., who was a two-time NCAA champion at Iowa State and wrestled in his senior year under Coach Jackson. We discussed many of the great accomplishments at the 2012 Olympics in wrestling, including three wrestlers winning their third straight Olympic gold medals: Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho of Japan in women's freestyle, and Artur Taimazov of Uzbekistan in men's freestyle. We discussed how the collegiate wrestling programs in the U.S. have helped prepare wrestlers for international competition, what are the prospects for Iowa State in this coming season, 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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