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Thursday, August 31, 2006

"IFL TV Deal on FSN Could Be a Winner" on ADCC News 


Much has been written of late about the differences between what are actually two brother combat sports, boxing and mixed martial arts. But they also share something else in common, which is hardly as noble as their legacy as being fighting arts which have existed for thousands of years: Both the HBO boxing pay-per-view on August 12 headlined by Maskaev vs. Rahman and the UFC mixed martial arts pay-per-view on August 26 headlined by Liddell vs. Sobral had rematches as their main events, featured fights which had dubious entertainment value at best as well as poor quality technique, and were also available for free, at least in highlights, on YouTube.com.

Mindful of the dislike by many people of pay-per-views as a medium and their walling off most of the public from sampling the product live, the International Fight League (IFL), the fledgling mixed martial arts company which uses a team concept, has just announced that the non-pay cable network FSN (Fox Sports Net) will air ten hours of new IFL programming in the fall in the U.S.

You can read more about this in my piece on the ADCC News entitled "IFL TV Deal on FSN Could Be a Winner".

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

SecondsOut Radio: James Toney, Samuel Peter, Eric Aiken, Robert Guerrero 

On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman discusses some of the mayhem going on in the heavyweight division, mostly outside the ring involving fights that are planned, not planned, signed, and unsigned.

There was an unusual second media teleconference call last week between top heavyweight contenders James Toney (69-4-2, 43 KOs) of Los Angeles and originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., and Samuel Peter (26-1, 22 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada, and originally from Akwaibom, Nigeria. These two fight Saturday, September 2, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a fight which will be aired in the U.S. on Showtime. As on their previous conference call, the exchanges between these two were heated, which was either entertaining, disgraceful, a marketing ploy, or some combination of the above, depending upon your perspective. We are running an uncensored, unedited excerpt from that call with Toney and Peter, which some people may find offensive.

On that same Sept. 2 card are IBF featherweight champion Eric Aiken of Washington, D.C. (16-4-0, 12 KOs) and his challenger that night, Robert Guerrero of Gilroy, CA (18-1-1, 11 KOs). They were also on this conference call. The tone between these two couldn't have been more different from that between Toney and Peter. While both Aiken and Guerrero are confident that they will prevail Sept. 2, each man spoke humbly about himself and quite respectfully about his opponent. We also got a chance to speak with Aiken and Guerrero on that call.

It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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A NO HOLDS BARRED Soliloquy With Eddie Goldman 


On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman goes it alone to broach a series of topics which are usually too hot for most in the combat sports in general and the mixed martial arts in particular to address.

Among the issues discussed are racism and white supremacy, especially in mixed martial arts; whether or not UFC is a major league of mixed martial arts in terms of the quality of its shows; and the continued silence by many about the allegations in the Japanese media about the ties between Pride and the yakuza, the Japanese mob.

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The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The NO HOLDS BARRED theme song is called "The Heist", by musician Ian Carpenter.

NO HOLDS BARRED is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

Chinchek Sports Wear, your online store for mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing clothing, including shirts, fight shorts, hoodies, hats, and more. Wear what the pros like Frank Shamrock, Chris Lytle, and Ron Waterman wear.

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

King of the Cage, the number one cage fighting promotion on the planet.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

"I Agree With Dana White (Almost)" on ADCC News 


My latest column is up on the ADCC News.

Referencing the always gracious, modest, amiable, and truthful president of the UFC, it is called "I Agree With Dana White (Almost)".

Check it out, learn, comment, and enjoy.

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"The Dinosaurs Come Home to Roost" on BraggingRightsCorner.com 


We are now in an era of the dominance of the so-called Web 2.0 services, meaning those with an emphasis on interactivity like the social networking site MySpace.com.

Most of boxing, however, is still in an era of ink-stained, cigarette-smoking, fedora-wearing drunks banging away on manual typewriters.

Guess where the younger fans are going?

There is, however, one major exception. That is the subject of my column "The Dinosaurs Come Home to Roost" which appears on BraggingRightsCorner.com.

Check it out, learn, comment, and enjoy.

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NO HOLDS BARRED Podcast Now on No Holds Barred Blog and MySpace 


A short while ago I received an e-mail from the folks at PodOmatic, which is the main audio host of the NO HOLDS BARRED podcast. It said that they now have made it possible to embed a podcast player on blogs, web pages, and MySpace profiles.

The bottom line is that you can now directly play the NO HOLDS BARRED podcast by clicking on the player at the top of this page on my No Holds Barred blog or by going to my profile on MySpace.com.

So pick your favorite one, subscribe through iTunes, enter your e-mail address in the box on the PodOmatic player, or just click on one of the links listed in my messages about each show.

If this gets any easier, all you will have to do is dream about it and the show will be beamed to you!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

NO HOLDS BARRED: John Nix on Beach Wrestling in Oklahoma, Urban Youth, and the Combat Sports 

On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with former University of Oklahoma wrestler John Nix, who is helping run an event this weekend featuring the newest style of wrestling conducted under the auspices of USA Wrestling and FILA, the international wrestling federation.

That style is beach wrestling, and, to the surprise of some, it is starting to catch on with many veteran and novice wrestlers alike.

This event is the Oklahoma Southern Sand National Beach Wrestling Championship. It will be held this Sat., August 26, from 10 AM to 6 PM CDT, at 71st and Riverside in the Tulsa Riverside Parks at the beach volleyball court on the Arkansas River, all in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Our guest, a longtime educator, also does much other essential work with young people, and especially those from the Black, poor, and working class communities in Tulsa. He is co-owner of the non-profit organization Molding Men, which, as he has written online, "formed in 2004 to promote the sport of wrestling and for the purpose of providing Tulsa, Oklahoma youth, with summer employment and educational experiences that build on their individual strengths and incorporate youth development principles." Molding Men also runs the Pin King Youth Wrestling Club, which is affiliated with USA Wrestling, and which trains over 30 young athletes mainly from the predominantly Black and poor North Side of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

This beach wrestling event as well as the rest of these most admirable activities are well-explained on several web pages.

The Oklahoma Beach Wrestling page is here.

The Oklahoma Beach Wrestling blog is here.

The Oklahoma Beach Wrestling profile on MySpace is here.

Make sure to check out all these pages, bookmark them, and do whatever you can to assist these efforts.

To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, just click here or here or here.

Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The NO HOLDS BARRED theme song is called "The Heist", by musician Ian Carpenter.

NO HOLDS BARRED is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

Chinchek Sports Wear, your online store for mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing clothing, including shirts, fight shorts, hoodies, hats, and more. Wear what the pros like Frank Shamrock, Chris Lytle, and Ron Waterman wear.

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

King of the Cage, the number one cage fighting promotion on the planet.

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Monday, August 21, 2006

SecondsOut Radio: Edgar Santana, Dmitriy Salita, and Lou DiBella on Broadway Boxing 

Edgar Santana, photo by Jerry Glick, SecondsOut.com

On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman speaks with junior welterweight prospects Edgar Santana (18-2, 12 KOs) and Dmitriy Salita (25-0-1, 15 KOs). Santana and Salita headline the Broadway Boxing card to be held Wednesday night, Sept. 20, at the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center in New York in separate, 10-round main event bouts. Santana fights Vladimir Khodokovsky (14-9-2, 3 KOs) of the Ukraine while Salita fights Francisco Campos (20-7-1, 12 KOs) of Costa Rica.

We also speak with promoter Lou DiBella about this series of shows and his views on boxing on American TV. Plus, we also speak with Santana, Salita, and DiBella about their own use of the popular social networking site MySpace.com to attract more fans, especially young people, to boxing.

On MySpace, Edgar Santana is here, Dmitriy Salita is here, and DiBella Entertainment is here.

It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

"National Geographic Channel's 'Fight Science' Belongs on Sci-Fi Channel" on ADCC News 


If you are planning to watch the documentary entitled "Fight Science", which debuts this Sunday, Aug. 20, on the National Geographic Channel in the U.S., you may want to check out my preview of it on the ADCC News.

It is called "National Geographic Channel's 'Fight Science' Belongs on Sci-Fi Channel".

If you guessed that I didn't like it, you win a free Vulcan mind-meld.

Live long and prosper.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

SecondsOut Radio: James Toney and Samuel Peter 

On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman speaks with top heavyweight contenders James Toney (69-4-2, 43 KOs) and Samuel Peter (26-1, 22 KOs), who fight Saturday, September 2, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a fight which will be aired in the U.S. on Showtime.

Toney and Peter were both on a media teleconference call last week, and the discussion between these two eventually got out of hand with a slew of insults, epithets, and profanities. This is an uncensored, unedited excerpt from that media teleconference call, which some people may find offensive.

It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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Monday, August 14, 2006

NO HOLDS BARRED: Dr. Gregory Bledsoe on Injuries and Fighter Safety in Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing 

There are those in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) who have asserted for some time that MMA is a safer sport than boxing. There are those in the world of boxing and elsewhere who have asserted that MMA is inherently so dangerous that it should be banned. Until now, there has been scant scientific research if any to back up either proposition.

A major start to using science, research, and reason to examine the issue of safety and injuries in the combat sports has been taken with the recent publication of the study "Incidence of Injury in Professional Mixed Martial Arts Competitions". The findings in this study appear in the July 2006 edition of the "Journal of Sports Science and Medicine", which is a special issue devoted entirely to the combat sports.

The study was conducted by Gregory H. Bledsoe, Edbert B. Hsu, Jurek George Grabowski, Justin D. Brill and Guohua Li. The lead author, Dr. Bledsoe, is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He also knows something of the combat sports first-hand, as he has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the past three years.

The study relied on data compiled from all professional MMA matches in the state of Nevada from September 2001 until December 2004, a total of 171 matches in all. Its results may surprise you, no matter what your take on these issues.

The table of contents and links to the abstracts, full text, and PDF versions of all articles in this issue can be seen here.

For the study on injuries in MMA, the abstract is here.

The full text is here.

The full article, including tables, in a PDF file is here.

On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman, speaks with Gregory Bledsoe about this important study and its findings.

Dr. Bledsoe can be contacted by e-mail at gbledso1@mac.com and gbledso1@jhmi.edu.

To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, just click here or here or here.

Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The NO HOLDS BARRED theme song is called "The Heist", by musician Ian Carpenter.

NO HOLDS BARRED is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

Chinchek Sports Wear, your online store for mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing clothing, including shirts, fight shorts, hoodies, hats, and more. Wear what the pros like Frank Shamrock, Chris Lytle, and Ron Waterman wear.

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

King of the Cage, the number one cage fighting promotion on the planet.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

SecondsOut Radio: Hasim Rahman, Oleg Maskaev, Bob Arum, Ike Quartey, Kassim Ouma, Andre Berto, Thell Torrance, Victor Valle Jr. 


On this week's packed edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman speaks with WBC heavyweight champ Hasim Rahman (41-5-2, 33 KOs) and challenger Oleg Maskaev (32-5, 25 KOs) about their title fight and rematch this Saturday, August 12, in Las Vegas. In their first fight, back in 1999, after being behind on all the scorecards, Maskaev won with an eighth-round KO by knocking Rahman clean out of the ring.

We also speak with promoter Bob Arum about the decline of American heavyweights and the rise of fighters from the former Soviet republics. We speak with Rahman's trainer, Thell Torrance, and Maskaev's trainer, Victor Valle Jr.

Plus, we review this past Saturday's card at New York's Madison Square Garden by speaking with Ike Quartey (37-3-1, 31 KOs), who lost a controversial decision in a junior middleweight fight to Vernon Forrest (38-2, 28 KOs); to former junior middleweight champ Kassim Ouma (25-2, 15 KOs), who won a unanimous decision over Sechew Powell (20-1, 12 KOs) to hand him his first loss; and to undefeated welterweight prospect Andre Berto who upped his record to 14-0 with 12 KOs by scoring a first-round TKO.

It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

NO HOLDS BARRED: Jim Lampley, Thomas Hauser, Jose Torres, Damon Dash - Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts 

Rodney King once famously asked, "Why can't we all get along?" Hank Williams Jr. amended that a bit to inquire, "Why can't we all get a longneck?" Either way, these sentiments are useful to approaching the often-feuding worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman, who lives in both these worlds, discusses boxing and mixed martial arts.

We speak with two critics of mixed martial arts who are primarily from the world of boxing, Jim Lampley of HBO and Thomas Hauser of SecondsOut.com. They state their opinions, which are both discussed and also analyzed for some of their positive and negative points.

We also speak with former light heavyweight boxing champion Jose Torres about what he is doing today.

And we speak with hip-hop entrepreneur Damon Dash about why he has recently entered the world of boxing on the promotional side.

To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, just click here or here or here.

Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The NO HOLDS BARRED theme song is called "The Heist", by musician Ian Carpenter.

NO HOLDS BARRED is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

Chinchek Sports Wear, your online store for mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing clothing, including shirts, fight shorts, hoodies, hats, and more. Wear what the pros like Frank Shamrock, Chris Lytle, and Ron Waterman wear.

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

King of the Cage, the number one cage fighting promotion on the planet.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

NO HOLDS BARRED: Ian Carpenter's "The Heist", and Eddie Goldman Blasts Doping 

On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman reintroduces the show’s theme song, "The Heist", by musician Ian Carpenter. This was the original theme song when NO HOLDS BARRED was featured on the eYada.com Internet talk radio network.

Then Eddie discusses the latest disgraceful round of dope cheats getting caught in the world of sports, and the recent article called "Drugs in sport: Let's treat them like wrestling" by Des Kelly of the Daily Mail in the UK. Eddie also calls for the anti-doping procedures in the combat sports to be governed by the World Anti-Doping Code.

To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, just click here or here.

Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

NO HOLDS BARRED is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

Chinchek Sports Wear, your online store for mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing clothing, including shirts, fight shorts, hoodies, hats, and more. Wear what the pros like Frank Shamrock, Chris Lytle, and Ron Waterman wear.

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

King of the Cage, the number one cage fighting promotion on the planet.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

SecondsOut Radio: Vernon Forrest, Ike Quartey, David Tua, Nick Durandt, Roger Bloodworth, Pete Quillin 


On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman discusses two major fights taking place this coming Saturday, August 5.

We speak with former welterweight champions Vernon Forrest (37-2, 28 KOs) and Ike Quartey (37-2-1, 31 KOs), who face each other at 154 pounds at New York's Madison Square Garden headlining a card which will be shown live in the U.S. on HBO.

We also speak with Nick Durandt, the trainer for Silence Mabuza (19-1, 15 KOs), who will be fighting a rematch with bantamweight champ Rafael Marquez (35-3, 31 KOs) on a card from the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa in Stateline, Nevada, and shown live in the U.S. on Showtime. Marquez defeated Mabuza by a fourth-round TKO last November.

We also speak with veteran heavyweight David Tua (45-3-1, 39 KOs) about his fourth-round knockout victory over Edward Gutierrez this past Wednesday night at New York's Manhattan Center, and Tua's trainer, Roger Bloodworth. And we speak with unbeaten middleweight Pete "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (6-0, 5 KOs) about his first-round knockout win on that same card.

It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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