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Monday, January 19, 2015
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with wrestler and former Michigan State Spartans' team captain Curran Jacobs.
After a victory by pin over Christopher Crossan of the Snake Pit Wigan on June 7, 2014, in the main event of the Catch Wrestling Alliance International Invitational: The Rebirth, at UCLA in Los Angeles, California, and thus winning the Frank Gotch Award, he is planning to return to action this year.
Towards this end, he is issuing a challenge to Travis Newaza, who was victorious at the West Coast King of Catch Wrestling Tournament held January 11, 2015, in San Diego, California.
We spoke with Curran Jacobs by phone Monday.
"I would like to actually call out that gentleman who won that tournament, Travis Newaza, I believe his name is," he said.
"He is being claimed the King of the West Coast, and I'm on the West Coast." He added that he was unaware of the January 11 event.
He went on to criticize his performance in that event.
"He's a good jiu-jitsu guy, but I saw no catch wrestling happening at all."
We discussed his continuing training at Catch Wrestling Los Angeles, why he considers there to be "fake titles" being handed out in catch wrestling today, why he believes that many of the matches at these tournaments are "not a good display of catch wrestling", why he calls the Catch Wrestling Alliance "the leader of the pack", and much, much more.
We also comment on the passing of an MMA pioneer, Phyllis Lee, who was known as the "First Lady of NHB".
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