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Saturday, March 01, 2014

No Holds Barred: TRT, IOC, CTE, NHB 




On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses how much the decision by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to eliminate therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is related to the attempt by Zuffa, the parent company of UFC, to get its amateur organization into SportAccord, the international federation of sports federations. SportAccord, along with the International Olympic Committee, requires federations to follow the protocols of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and all of these very, very rarely hand out TUEs for TRT for all sports, far less frequently than Zuffa and the Nevada commission have for just their own MMA events.

Also discussed is even more new information on the dangers of brain injuries and the risks of dementia and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in sports where there is head trauma, and how this remains the Achilles Heel of these sports. What happened to dueling in the 19th century, and smoking in the 20th century, is compared to what might happen to these combat sports with head strikes in the 21st century.

The month of March also marks several milestones, including the eighth anniversary of No Holds Barred as a podcast. Some of the plans for the show are discussed as well.

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.

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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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

No Holds Barred: Jennifer Thomas, from Pro Wrestling to Catch Wrestling 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with wrestler Jennifer Thomas.

Formerly a noted competitor in bodybuilding and a performer in the staged pro wrestling, she has recently started training in real catch wrestling with Raul Ramirez of the Catch Wrestling Alliance.

Her first catch wrestling match will be on the card of the Catch Wrestling Alliance International Invitational: The Rebirth. This event will take place Saturday, June 7, in Collins Court in the John Wooden Center on the campus of UCLA, at 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095-1612. Her opponent will be named shortly.

This invitational event will be held under catch wrestling rules, where you can only win by pin or submission.

We spoke with Jennifer Thomas by phone Monday.

"Pro wrestling has given me -- even though it's more based on entertainment, it's a work, it's everything, you know -- it's given me a good foundation to start with catch," she said.

"The pro wrestling in my life has been a gift to me, but now it's time to expand it, and go into a different chapter, and I think that catch wrestling is the perfect chapter for me to be in right now."

We discussed her athletic background, how she found out about catch wrestling (hint: thank keywords), how she is making the transition to real catch wrestling, why she believes that catch wrestling can once again become a major popular spectator sport, 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.

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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Sunday, February 23, 2014

No Holds Barred: Combat Sports, Change, and Concussions 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the latest tragedy in boxing involving brain-damaged fighter Magomed Abdusalamov; how the sports world is changing in regards to concussions and head trauma, while MMA is racing down the same dangerous path as boxing, including emphasizing head strikes and de-emphasizing grappling; Saturday's Kemetic Masters of the Martial Arts event in Harlem, New York, and the need for catch wrestling in New York City; the growth of non-combat sports like baseball and arm wrestling; corruption and the uncertain future of the Olympic Games; the continuing education going on about concussions and head trauma in films such as "Head Games", which is showing for free in New York this Thursday, February 27; 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.

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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