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Friday, November 02, 2012

No Holds Barred: Andrei Arlovski, Devin Cole, World Series of Fighting Debut 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the context in which the debut card for the World Series of Fighting will be taking place this Saturday, November 3, at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The top fights will be televised live in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network. But to establish a successful promotion, World Series of Fighting still faces major challenges, which we note.

We also spoke with the main event fighters, heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Devin Cole, on a recent media conference call, to get their views on how they expect this fight to go.

The co-main event on this card 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.

We open with comments on the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, particularly in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, where many people are still without power, food, housing, and other necessities. (It was announced late Friday afternoon after this show was recorded that the New York Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, November 4, has been cancelled.) However, conditions have been slowly improving in the region. Two combat sports events scheduled for next weekend are still slated to go on as planned: the Billy Robinson catch wrestling seminar at Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, New Jersey, on November 10, and the New York Athletic Club International tournament in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan in New York City, November 9-10.

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

No Holds Barred: Coyte Cooper Previews 2012 NWCA All-Star Classic 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman again speaks with former NCAA Div. I All-American wrestler at Indiana, and current Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Coyte Cooper.

Our focus is on a preview of the NWCA All-Star Classic.

This event, featuring many of the best college wrestlers in America and helping to kick off the 2012-13 college wrestling season, will take place Saturday, November 3, at the Bender Arena on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C. It will be telecast on tape-delay in the U.S. on Fox College Sports and live on a pay webcast on Flowrestling.

This All-Star event is highlighted by matches in the ten college wrestling weight classes, headlined by a showdown at 165 pounds between three-time NCAA Div. I national champion Kyle Dake of Cornell against the defending NCAA Div. I national champion at 165, David Taylor of Penn State. Over the previous three seasons, Dake has won titles at 141, 149, and 157 pounds respectively, making him the first wrestler to win three NCAA Div. I national championships in three different weight classes. Taylor was last season's winner of the coveted Hodge Trophy for the best college wrestler in America. Dake will thus move up in weight once again for this match to face Taylor.

"It's such a unique matchup. What you have here with this matchup is two of the best wrestlers in the United States at any weight when it comes to college wrestling," said Coyte Cooper in this interview, which was recorded by phone Wednesday afternoon. He added that both wrestlers are known for having exciting styles. "Most coaches will tell you, 'I don't remember the last time when there was this much hype for a matchup.'"

We also discussed the other matches at this event, including other national champions and All-Americans who are competing, the likelihood that many of the Olympians of the future will be featured here, 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.

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 29, 2012

No Holds Barred: Coach Kevin Jackson Previews 2012-13 Iowa State Wrestling 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Kevin Jackson, the Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion freestyle wrestler, who is starting his fourth season as head wrestling coach for the legendary Iowa State Cyclones.

Injuries and a series of other factors led to disappointing results for the Cyclones last season, including none of their wrestlers winning a national championship or All-American status. Coach Jackson, however, is convinced that his young team, many now with a taste of top-level NCAA Division I wrestling, will perform much better in the coming 2012-13 season.

"We can expect everyone to perform at a higher level," said Coach Jackson in this interview, which was recorded by phone Monday afternoon. "The group of young men that we threw out there last year had a great opportunity to gain some valuable experience, to wrestle the best teams in the country, and to wrestle the hardest schedule in the country, and recognize that they are capable, that they should be in the hunt, that they should win." He added that they are still a relatively young team which is dominated by sophomores. "All those sophomore have seen the best competition, and there will be no surprises for them going into this year."

We discussed who are the likely starters for the Cyclones this season, which officially opens for them Saturday, November 10, at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open at the historic Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. We also discussed the realignment of college conferences and the possibility of wrestling teams being grouped in regional conferences, the proposed change to the format of crowning a national team champion in NCAA Division I wrestling through a new national duals tournament, the importance for wrestling of the use of social media, and more.

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 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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