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Friday, October 04, 2013

No Holds Barred: Bibiano Fernandes On His October 18 ONE FC Fight 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with the ONE FC interim bantamweight champion, a multi-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA champion, and one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Bibiano Fernandes.

His next fight will be Friday, October 18, in the main event of the ONE FC: Total Domination card at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

His opponent will be the current ONE FC bantamweight champion, the 21-year-old Soo Chul Kim of Korea, who is returning from an injury. This fight will thus be a title unification bout.

ONE FC: Total Domination will be televised live in Asia on Star Sports, and streamed live as an online pay-per-view, at http://www.onefc.livesport.tv.

We spoke with Bibiano Fernandes by phone Thursday.

Regarding his younger opponent, the 33-year-old Bibiano Fernandes had only praise.

"The kid is a very good athlete. He's very quick. He has good conditioning. And he's very young," he said. He noted that "he has a good right hand" as well as good wrestling, and is thus "very dangerous."

But, he added, "I've fought with a lot of tough guys already," and "I'm going to be my best the day of the fight. October 18, in Singapore, at ONE FC, I'm going to bring my best."

We also discussed his own storied career; how he transitioned from just being a champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to becoming "a complete athlete" and to win championships in MMA; why he said "I love fighting in Asia"; how long he may continue to fight; and much more.

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

No Holds Barred: Mark Pavelich on MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Mark Pavelich, the owner and president of the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC).

The next card for MFC, the largest MMA company in Canada, is MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines, which will take place this Friday, October 4, at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It will be televised live in the U.S. on AXS TV, with the undercard fights on MFC's Facebook page.

There are three title fights on this card. Anthony Hamilton takes on the unbeaten Smealinho Rama for the MFC heavyweight title, the unbeaten Jason South fights Sam Alvey for the MFC middleweight title, and Tito Jones squares off against Anthony Birchak for the MFC bantamweight title.

With all these title fights, MFC decided to leave it up to the fans to vote on which one would be the main event. They chose the bantamweight bout, between Jones and Birchak. This was largely due to Birchak's last fight, at MFC 37 in May of this year, when he defeated Ryan Benoit by unanimous decision in an exciting, back-and-forth, technique-filled fight of the year candidate.

We spoke with Mark Pavelich by phone and Google Voice Monday.

"I'm telling you now right now, we're going to have a fight of the year, 100 percent, this Friday night, October 4th, at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada," he said. "So people, tune in to AXS TV and you'll see what I'm talking about."

He added, "I'm going to shoot my mouth off, and then it's going to be backed up by these great fighters this Friday night."

We also discussed why he chose to go to fan voting to select this main event, which he said is done "nowhere else"; the importance of MFC running fights in a ring; how MFC is looking for an investor to buy "49 percent" of the company to take things to the next level; how he knows "how to do everything" in MMA; the new TV deal for MFC with the Fight Network in Canada; 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.

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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