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Friday, June 21, 2013

No Holds Barred: Tyrone Spong, Stephen Quadros, and Kristal Hart on Glory 9 




On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with kickboxer and MMA fighter Tyrone Spong, "The Fight Professor" Stephen Quadros, and TV host Kristal Hart.

These interviews were conducted Thursday at the media workout for the Glory 9 kickboxing card, which takes place this Saturday, June 22, at the Hammerstein Ballroom at 311 West 34th Street in Manhattan.

On that card, Tyrone Spong will be fighting in an eight-man, light heavyweight tournament featuring the best light heavyweights in Glory. Stephen Quadros will be a television commentator for this card, which will be televised on tape delay in the U.S. on the CBS Sports Network, and also televised in other countries, and live as an online pay-per-view on the Glory web site at http://gloryworldseries.com/en/events/live.

Even though he is a favorite to win the tournament, Tyrone Spong is taking nothing for granted.

"No fight is easy. A fight is a fight. Anything can happen," he said in this interview.

"I'm not taking this tournament lightly. This is all the top level strikers in the world. I'm just well-prepared and I'm looking forward to it."

Asked which fighter in the tournament he is focusing upon, he replied, "I think the fighter that I have to pay the most attention to is my first opponent, 'cause that's the guy I'm fighting first, so I'm just focused on him."

We also discussed with them the importance of this card being held in New York, the potential for kickboxing as a spectator sport in the U.S., and much more.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

No Holds Barred: Stephen Quadros on Glory 9 Kickboxing in New York June 22 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with the "Fight Professor", Stephen Quadros.

He will be a television commentator for the Glory 9 kickboxing card, which takes place this Saturday, June 22, at the Hammerstein Ballroom at 311 West 34th Street in Manhattan. The main card will be televised on tape delay in the U.S. on the CBS Sports Network, and also televised in other countries, and live as an online pay-per-view on the Glory web site at http://gloryworldseries.com/en/events/live.

There will be an eight-man, light heavyweight tournament featuring Tyrone Spong of Suriname and the best light heavyweights in Glory, several superfights including Daniel Ghita of Romania facing Brice Guidon of France in a heavyweight fight, and numerous other bouts.

We spoke with Stephen Quadros by phone Tuesday about this card and its significance for kickboxing in the U.S.

Many people are calling this the best kickboxing card ever scheduled to take place in the U.S. The depth of talent is the main reason.

Tyrone Spong is coming off knockout wins over veterans Peter Aerts and Remy Bonjasky at heavyweight, and is ranked number four in the world at heavyweight in Glory, only behind the legendary Semmy Schilt, Gokhan Saki, and Daniel Ghita. But he is actually considered to be a smaller heavyweight, and should easily make the 209-pound/95kg light heavyweight limit for this tournament.

"Tyrone Spong is nothing short of a phenom in the kickboxing world," said Stephen Quadros in this interview. "He's got to be considered one of the favorites in the tournament."

But he is not being given as easy task, as the top five light heavyweights in Glory will also be in this tournament: top-ranked Danyo "Dibuba" Ilunga of the Congo and Germany, Filip Verlinden of Belgium, Mourad Bouzidi of Tunisia and the Netherlands, Michael Duut of the Netherlands, and Steve McKinnon of Australia.

We also discussed more on the tournament and the superfights on this card, the appeal of the one-night tournament structure, why kickboxing is such a popular sport worldwide, how the time may be right for kickboxing to take off as a spectator sport in the U.S., 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, June 17, 2013

No Holds Barred: Billy Robinson and Jake Shannon at East Coast Certified Catch Wrestler Training Camp 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with catch wrestling legend Billy Robinson and Jake Shannon of Scientific Wrestling.

They were the lead instructors at the East Coast Certified Catch Wrestler Training Camp 2013, which was held June 15-16 in Englishtown, New Jersey.

We spoke with both Billy Robinson and Jake Shannon right at the conclusion of this camp on Sunday.

"I'm trying to open the minds of people about how good catch-as-catch-can wrestling is," said Billy Robinson in this interview.

"It's superior to all other forms of grappling arts."

But their methods were not simply to show people the moves and holds of catch wrestling.

"My coach, Billy Riley from Wigan, and myself and Billy Joyce and all the old great timers, they tried to teach you how to learn how to learn. We want to teach people to learn how to learn catch."

We also discussed with both Billy Robinson and Jake Shannon why catch died out, why it is now being revived, what it is doing and must continue to do to become popular again, upcoming catch wrestling events, and much, much more.

Some photos from this camp can be seen on the No Holds Barred blog here.

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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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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Photos from the East Coast Certified Catch Wrestler Training Camp 2013 

The East Coast Certified Catch Wrestler Training Camp 2013 took place June 15-16 in Englishtown, New Jersey, at the headquarters of Modern Martial Arts. I came at the very end of the second day to do some interviews and take a few photos. The interviews with catch legend Billy Robinson and Jake Shannon of Scientific Wrestling will be up shortly on No Holds Barred. Here are some of the better photos I managed to take.


The lovely scenic route on NJ Transit.




Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, New Jersey.




Billy Robinson and Jake Shannon instructing.




Joel Bane starting a throw on John Potenza.


 

Joel Bane finishing the throw on John Potenza. Just a demonstration but nice.




Gillian Silver "submitting" Garry Davis.




Garry Davis "submitting" Gillian Silver.




Participants in East Coast Certified Catch Wrestler Training Camp 2013.




Eddie Goldman, Billy Robinson, and Jake Shannon.




Eddie Goldman and Dan Kanagie of North American Catch Wrestling Association.


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