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Friday, September 07, 2012

No Holds Barred: Lenne Hardt 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the legendary world champion of MMA ring announcers, Lenne Hardt.

Once again she was cageside at the ONE FC: Pride of a Nation card on August 31 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines, livening up an already lively show with her unique style of announcing the ring entrances.

We spoke with Lenne Hardt, who lives in Tokyo, by Skype Thursday to get her take on the atmosphere of this card and her impressions of the growth of MMA in Asia and the Philippines.

"I LOVE the people of Manila," she said in this interview. "They were enthusiastic, friendly, everyone smiles. At the drop of the hat, they'll smile."

We also discussed her love of MMA, how she is still involved with performing for her jazz band, comparisons between contemporary Tokyo and New York, and much more.

In addition, while MMA in Asia is growing, noted on this edition of No Holds Barred are some important developments in the combat sports in the northeastern part of the U.S., including the 2012 MMA World Expo on December 1-2 in New York; the inaugural World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts on September 15 at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut; and the recent formation of the Snake Pit U.S.A. Catch Wrestling Association based in Englishtown, New Jersey.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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.

MMA World Expo. The mixed martial arts community comes to New York City December 1 and 2 for the fourth annual MMA World Expo, featuring an amateur MMA tournament, the Renzo Gracie BJJ Open 2012 tournament, the Big Apple No-Gi tournament, MMA fighters, seminars with world-class trainers, vendors, panel discussions, and much more. The 2012 MMA World Expo takes place Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

No Holds Barred: Edward Catucci of World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Edward Catucci, the executive director of the World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts (WCMMA).

The first show for the WCMMA will take place Saturday, September 15, at the MGM Grand Theater at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The WCMMA will feature both nation vs. nation team competition as well as individual title fights.

On this card, Team USA, coached by Ricardo Liborio, will face Team Portugal, coached by Kleber Repolho. A heavyweight title fight will pit Alexey Oleinik against Mike Stewart (replacing the injured Kelly Anundson).

Three fghters from China will also be competing for WCMMA titles on this card against three American fighters. Wang Sai will fight Brett Oteri for the WCMMA middleweight title, Yao Honggang will fight Dave LaChapelle for the WCMMA featherweight title, and Yang Jianping will fight Bill Jones for the WCMMA lightweight title.

The WCMMA has an ambitious plan of running events in many countries including later this year, establishing franchises in these countries, and building up to an actual World Cup team event in 2017 in Rome, Italy.

We spoke with Edward Catucci Wednesday night by phone about the WCMMA. The values promoted by WCMMA and its positioning stand in contrast to those of many MMA organizations.

The philosophy and mantra of WCMMA, he said in this interview, is "Respect, honor, and discipline." He emphasized, "What we wanted to do is really, truly pay respect to the discipline and art form of mixed martial arts." He views this project as a "public service" which is family-oriented and can influence young people to make "a real positive change, if guided in the right direction."

We thus discussed a lot about the concepts behind the WCMMA, the plans for running WCMMA events for the next several years, plans for television and for an Internet pay-per-view for the September 15 event, and much more.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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, September 03, 2012

No Holds Barred: ONE FC Pride of a Nation Review, MMA in New York, Junior Wrestling Worlds, Andre Ward-Chad Dawson 













On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman comments on some of the most recent and upcoming important events in the combat sports.

ONE FC: Pride of a Nation took place August 31 at the packed Smart Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines before an enthusiastic crowd. There are many lessons from these fights, as well as from the ONE FC rules and the announcement that their next card, on October 6 in Singapore, will feature for the first time three ONE FC title fights. ONE FC: Pride of a Nation thus represented a step forward in the maturation process of Asia's largest MMA event.

In wrestling, the 2012 Junior World Championships will be held September 4 to 9 in Pattaya, Thailand. This event is a showcase of many future world and Olympic champions, with two of last year's junior world champions winning Olympic gold medals this year.

In boxing, the top fight pits two champions against each other, as light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson goes down to super middleweight to face super middleweight champion Andre Ward. This fight will take place Saturday, September 8, in Oakland, California, and be shown live in the U.S. on HBO. We have comments from both fighters as well as Ward's trainer Virgil Hunter from the recent media conference call to preview this fight.

The 2012 MMA World Expo will take place December 1-2 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York and, for the first time, will feature an amateur MMA tournament, which is legal in New York. More details are forthcoming, but this is an important development for MMA in New York as well as for this event, now in its fourth year.

In addition, we mention the RUFF 5 MMA card which will take place this Saturday, September 8, in Hohhot, China, and will be shown live on TV in China and online internationally, and more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

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", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

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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