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Friday, October 26, 2012

No Holds Barred: Bas Boon on 'DREAM 18 - Special NYE 2012' Presented by Glory Sports International 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Bas Boon, the vice-president of business development of Glory Sports International.

It was announced at a press conference Thursday in Tokyo that Glory Sports International will be responsible for presenting 'DREAM 18 - Special NYE 2012', a New Year's Eve MMA mega-event at the Saitama Super Arena on December 31. The card will include ten MMA fights and three kickboxing matches. So far, three Japanese fighters have been confirmed for this event: the Dream featherweight champion Hiroyuki Takaya, the 'Crusher' Tatsuya Kawajiri, and the lightweight contender Satoru Kitaoka. Many more fighters on this card, including international fighters, will be announced in the coming weeks.

We spoke with Bas Boon about this historic event by Skype on Friday (Thursday night in New York). Of course, the issue of the problems which have caused the previous management of Dream not to run any more shows, such as fighters not getting paid, were among the first things we discussed.

"We cleaned up the mess," said Bas Boon in this interview. "The Dream brand is revived. The New Year's Eve show basically is going to take place under Dream 18. It is clean. There is a new management. Of course, we are going to use a lot of the old producers because the production of Dream was out of this planet, and that's certainly a thing we want to maintain."

We also discussed several other major kickboxing cards which Glory is putting on, including the Glory 3 Rome 'Final 8' (70 kilogram/154 pound) one-night tournament at the famed PalaLottomatica arena in Rome on November 3, and the Glory 4 Tokyo 'Heavyweight Grand Slam' 16-man one-night tournament at the Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Greater Tokyo, on December 2.

The revival of the popular New Year's Eve show in Japan featuring both MMA and kickboxing is already getting major attention around the world, as is the continuing expansion of Glory Sports International. "It's pretty intense," commented Bas Boon on all this activity, a fact which no doubt will please many fans of the combat sports.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

No Holds Barred: Jessica Aguilar, Number One in the World 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with American Top Team fighter and the number one ranked MMA fighter in the world in the women's 115-pound division, Jessica Aguilar.

After defeating the legendary Megumi Fujii at Bellator 69 by a unanimous decision, Jessica Aguilar will next fight Friday, November 9, at Bellator 80 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, against an opponent to be announced. This card will be televised live in the U.S. on MTV2.

We spoke with Jessica Aguilar by phone Monday night about her next fight and her fighting career.

Speaking of her victory over Megumi Fujii, she said in this interview, "That was my dream fight. That was my goal, to become number one in the world in my weight class, and to go against an idol." And she added, "Megumi's still my idol."

We also discussed her involvement with Sweethearts and Heroes, a non-profit anti-bullying organization which writes that it "believes in educating society to the impact that bullying has on all of our schools, our neighborhoods, and individuals." We discussed her future as a fighter in Bellator, how her mother has accepted that she fights in MMA professionally, and much more.

We also open with the sad news about the passing of Jeff Blatnick at age 55 following complications from heart surgery. Jeff was an Olympic gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1984 for the U.S., after overcoming Hodgkin's Disease, a type of cancer. He also was a television commentator for many years in both wrestling and MMA, and played a key role in developing the rules for UFC in the 1990s, which helped form the basis of the North American unified rules of MMA.

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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 Big Apple BJJ Open, 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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Monday, October 22, 2012

No Holds Barred: Ray Sefo on World Series of Fighting 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with kickboxing and muay Thai legend Ray Sefo, who is now the president, co-owner, and co-founder of the new mixed martial arts promotion, the World Series of Fighting.

The much-anticipated debut card for the World Series of Fighting will take place Saturday, November 3, at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The top fights will be televised live in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network.

The main event will be a heavyweight battle between Andrei Arlovski and Devin Cole. The co-main event will be a light heavyweight fight between Anthony Johnson and D.J. Linderman. Also on the televised card, Miguel Torres will fight Marlon Moraes in a bantamweight bout and Gregor Gracie will take on Tyson Steele in a welterweight bout. The other fights on this card will be webcast, and plans are underway to webcast the entire card to the rest of the world outside the U.S.

We spoke with Ray Sefo by phone Monday afternoon to preview WSOF 1.

Speaking about why he expects the World Series of Fighting to be successful, he said in this interview, "There's so much talent out there, and there's not enough stages that these guys can showcase their talent." He added, "Not every league can have started and come out on NBC Sports Network."

We also discussed how a series of conversations got him involved as president of the World Series of Fighting, the transition of fellow kickboxer and WSOF fighter Tyrone Spong to MMA, the use of a ten-sided cage known as a Decagon for their events, how he expects the World Series of Fighting to advance step by step, why he still wants to continue fighting until he gets 100 fights, and much 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.

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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 Big Apple BJJ Open, 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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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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