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Thursday, April 11, 2013

No Holds Barred: John Potenza of Snake Pit U.S.A. on Bringing Catch Wrestling Back 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Coach John Potenza of the Snake Pit U.S.A. Catch Wrestling Association.

As part of the rebuilding of the sport of catch wrestling, the Snake Pit U.S.A. will be holding a catch wrestling seminar this Saturday, April 13, from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Modern Martial Arts Fight Club on 36 Main Street in Englishtown, New Jersey 07726. Everyone is welcome regardless of their skill or martial arts background.

We spoke with Coach John Potenza by phone Monday about the importance of seminars like this one and the progress in rebuilding this sport.

"It's finally picking up some speed," he said. "It's been a long, slow road. I've been at this over a decade. Jake Shannon and Scientific Wrestling have been doing a ton of work for it for a very long time. It's been a long road, but now it's finally starting to get to that point where it's great to see other organizations are pushing it and seminars and seeing a lot of videos popping up on the web sites and Facebook and YouTube and everything else, different groups doing catch wrestling. I think it's fantastic. So I think we're definitely headed in the right direction."

He continued, "As of right now, everybody has the same goal, of just bringing catch wrestling back. And there's no animosity anywhere. There's no egos and tension, which is great. It seems like we're all working for the same goal, which I'm really happy about. That's right now the biggest concern, is to make sure that we all stay on the same page, and keep our eye on the prize. The goal is, to bring catch wrestling back."

In addition, right after the seminar, there will be some catch wrestling matches, where victory can only be attained by pin or submission.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

No Holds Barred: John Rallo on Shogun Fights VIII 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with John Rallo, the owner of the Baltimore, Maryland-based MMA promotion Shogun Fights.

Founded in 2009, a year after MMA was legalized in Maryland, Shogun Fights mainly features local up-and-coming fighters.

Their next card is Shogun Fights VIII, which takes place Saturday, April 13, at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Among the main fights on this card are a lightweight fight between Dan Root and Noe Quintanilla, and the first-ever women's MMA fight in Shogun, between Rosanna Garcia and Gabby Holloway.

We spoke with John Rallo by phone Monday about Shogun Fights, its history, this card, and the sporting scene in Baltimore.

Speaking about the growth of MMA and the impressive crowds who attend Shogun Fights, he said, "Anytime that we can pull regional fighters from the area and draw the crowds that we're drawing, I think it's pretty amazing. I've been around for a long time, and we're pulling better crowds than Bellator. I wish I had Viacom money behind us and maybe we could grow ourselves as well."

We also discussed why Shogun Fights currently runs just two special shows per year, their place in sports-crazed Baltimore, wrestling and MMA, and more.

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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, April 07, 2013

No Holds Barred: The Art of ONE FC 




On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses why the ONE FC: Kings and Champions card, held April 5, in Singapore, was perhaps their best card ever, and put the arts back in mixed martial arts.

This is contrasted with the vulgarity, ignorance, and hatred prevalent in North American sports, such as the current Rutgers basketball scandal, and the response by many to transsexual female MMA fighter Fallon Fox, who was just cleared of wrongdoing by the Florida commission.

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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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