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Thursday, September 28, 2006

NO HOLDS BARRED: IFL's Gareb Shamus, NHB Mailbag, and More 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, the second this week, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing the ongoing 2006 World Championships of Wrestling and answering mail about boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and mixed martial arts.

    Next up is commentary on Thursday's panel discussion in New York hosted by the National Sports Marketing Network entitled "Mixed Martial Arts: Fighting its Way into the Mainstream." Representing the MMA promotions were Michael Sakin, Vice President, Sales & Sponsorship of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Gareb Shamus, co-founder and CEO, International Fight League. In particular, Sakin's presentation, par for the course for the revisionist history being presented by the present owners and suits who run the UFC, is discussed, dissected, and decimated.

    Following this panel discussion, we had a chance to speak with Gareb Shamus, and we have that interview for you right here on NO HOLDS BARRED.

    The 2006 World Championships of Wrestling are taking place Sept. 26 through Oct. 1, 2006, in Guangzhou, China. The web page of USA Wrestling, TheMat.com, has set up a special section to cover the World Championships, which is here. The official event web site for the World Championships is here.

    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.

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    Monday, September 25, 2006

    SecondsOut Radio: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Laila Ali, Carlos Baldomir, Dan Goossen 



    Eddie Goldman interviews Floyd Mayweather Jr., Tavern on the Green, New York, Sept. 6, 2006. Photo by Bernadette Robinson.



    Eddie Goldman interviews Laila Ali, Madison Square Garden, New York, Sept. 19, 2006. Photo by Jerry Glick, SecondsOut.com.

    On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman speaks with some of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world today.

    The unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (35-0, 24 KOs) is regarded by many observers as standing atop boxing's mythical pound-for-pound rankings. His next fight will be against the welterweight champion of the world, Carlos Baldomir (43-9-6, 13 KOs), November 4 in Las Vegas. At a recent news conference at New York's Tavern on the Green, we spoke with both Mayweather and Baldomir, as well as Mayweather’s new promoter, the President of Goossen Tutor Promotions, Dan Goossen.

    The unbeaten Laila Ali (22-0, 19 KOs) is also regarded by many observers as being the best female boxer in the world today. On November 11, she will be having her debut fight at New York's historic Madison Square Garden, where her legendary father, Muhammad Ali, had fought. While at this time her opponent has not yet been signed, we did speak with Laila Ali at a prefight news conference at the Garden last week to announce this event.

    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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    Sunday, September 24, 2006

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Don King 



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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman interviews that unique boxing promoter, Don King, and plays an extended excerpt from his Sept. 18 New York news conference, which was, as usual, one of his patented marathon performances.

    King was in New York to hype the Nov. 4 fight between WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich (23-1, 14 KOs) and former linear heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (47-4-1, 41 KOs). This fight, Liakhovich's first title defense since winning that belt from Lamon Brewster April 1 of this year, will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, at Chase Field, the home of baseball's Diamondbacks, and be shown in the U.S. on Showtime.

    Besides merely informing the media that this fight is on, King went to great lengths to demonstrate that, with four different fighters holding the four major heavyweight belts, in his view, "Sergei Liakhovich is the top world champion in boxing today." At that Sept. 18 news conference at Gallagher's Steak House in Manhattan, King thus made his usual lengthy presentation, complete with video clips highlighting both his version of the history of boxing's heavyweight division since the early 1970's, the fall of the Soviet bloc, and why Liakhovich, the man who beat Brewster who had beaten Wladimir Klitschko, is the top heavyweight today.

    If you have never attended or heard Don King in action at one of what are essentially his one-man shows, now you can right here.

    We first have an interview with King right after the news conference. We then run the most essential part from that news conference. And, as always, we add our own NO HOLDS BARRED commentary.

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

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available
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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.

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    Wednesday, September 20, 2006

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Stephen Quadros, Rory Markham, Kurt Otto, and Richard Pound 


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  • On this packed edition of NO HOLDS BARRED -- the second this week -- host Eddie Goldman conducts a series of interviews to preview the much-anticipated International Fight League (IFL) mixed martial arts card to be held this Saturday, September 23, at The Mark of the Quad Cities in Moline, Ill. We also discuss some of the controversies and scandals raging in the combat sports.

    Our main and lengthiest interview is with "The Fight Professor", Stephen Quadros. Along with Bas Rutten, Stephen will handle the television broadcast duties for the IFL's telecasts on Fox Sports Net, which return starting this Sunday, September 24. He is a longtime martial artist, announcer, actor, and musician. We preview Saturday's IFL card, including both the team competition and the superfight between Pat Miletich and Renzo Gracie. We also discuss the prospects for the IFL as it begins to expand its operations both this year, which is its first, and next. Stephen also has his own web site and page on MySpace.com.

    We speak with IFL fighter Rory Markham of Pat Miletich's team, the Silverbacks, who faces Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Marcelo Dos Santos of Renzo Gracie's Pitbulls in a welterweight fight, which is part of the IFL's World Team Championships competition this Saturday. Markham has scored knockout victories in his first two IFL appearances. And we speak with IFL commissioner and co-founder Kurt Otto about how IFL is dealing with a controversy involving one fighter who had been scheduled to compete in this event in another team competition, Brian Ebersole of the Razorclaws. Both Markham and Otto were on an IFL media teleconference call.

    On a more somber note, the use of steroids and other banned "performance-enhancing" substances has grown to near-epidemic proportions in the world of sports. Among those leading the fight against such dope-cheating is Richard Pound, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Yet in mixed martial arts, boxing, and other professional combat sports, there still is no uniform policy for testing for doping, and no compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code. On an international media teleconference call last week, we speak with Richard Pound about these issues.

    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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    Tuesday, September 19, 2006

    Eddie Goldman and Beau "One Man Army" Taylor on CARSON'S CORNER 

    I was a guest this week, along with mixed martial arts fighter Beau "One Man Army" Taylor, on the latest edition of CARSON'S CORNER. This is a mixed martial arts Internet radio show hosted by Bob Carson.

    You can listen to it for free here.

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    Monday, September 18, 2006

    SecondsOut Radio: John Duddy, Yory Boy Campas, Richard Pound 

    On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman previews a fight which promises to be the toughest test yet for a rising and undefeated fighter who is emerging as one of the most popular in his adopted home of New York. Also discussed are the excellent fights on this past Saturday night's pay-per-view, and the busy week ahead in New York boxing, including the Broadway Boxing card on Wed., Sept. 20, at the Manhattan Center, featuring in separate bouts junior welterweight prospects Edgar Santana (18-2, 12 KOs) and Dmitriy Salita (25-0-1, 15 KOs), who were guests on this show in recent weeks.

    On Friday night, September 29, middleweight John Duddy (17-0, 15 KOs), originally from Derry, Ireland, will take another step up the ladder when he fights the veteran former world champion, Luis "Yory Boy" Campas (88-8, 72 KOs), from Navajoa, Mexico. This will be the main event on a card to be held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Duddy's previous appearance at the Theater, on March 16 of this year, the night before St. Patrick's Day, was before an adoring, packed house.

    We spoke with both John Duddy and Yory Boy Campas at a recent prefight news conference at Jack Demsey's restaurant and bar in New York.

    On a more somber note, the use of steroids and other banned "performance-enhancing" substances has grown to near-epidemic proportions in the world of sports. Among those leading the fight against such dope-cheating is Richard Pound, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Yet in boxing and other professional combat sports, there still is no uniform policy for testing for doping, and no compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

    On an international media teleconference call last week, we spoke with Richard Pound about these issues.

    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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    Sunday, September 17, 2006

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Kevin Jackson on 2006 World Championships of Wrestling 


    On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Kevin Jackson, National Freestyle Coach for USA Wrestling and a former Olympic gold medalist and world champion freestyle wrestler, about the 2006 World Championships of Wrestling. This event takes place Sept. 26 through Oct. 1, 2006, in Guangzhou, China.

    The web page of USA Wrestling, TheMat.com, has set up a special section to cover the World Championships, here.

    The official event web site for the World Championships is
    here.

    We also expect to post another edition of NO HOLDS BARRED later this week.

    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.

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    Wednesday, September 13, 2006

    NO HOLDS BARRED: MMA Disgraces, and Barrera-Juarez 2 Boxing Dream Card Preview 

    On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing a number of disgraceful developments in the world of mixed martial arts.

    The decline of technique and grappling, mediocre and worse fights on pay-per-view, another doping scandal, an allegation of another fixed fight, more fighters being stiffed by a promoter, and more disgraces and scandals are the targets this week. They also demonstrate why the once proud and valorous sport of mixed martial arts, formerly so honorably known as human chess, is devolving into what is now essentially human checkers.

    At the same time, what should be one of the biggest and best boxing shows of the year takes place this coming Saturday, September 16, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and on HBO Pay-Per-View in the U.S. The lead promoter for this card is Golden Boy Promotions.

    In the main event, Mexican legend and WBC super featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera (62-4, 42 KOs) will fight a rematch with Rocky Juarez of Houston, Texas (25-2, 18 KOs). The last time both Barrera and Juarez fought, in May in Los Angeles, Barrera won a controversial split decision victory over Juarez. The outcome had first been announced as a draw, but then was changed to a win for Barrera, as the California commission said they had made a clerical error. Before that fight, Barrera had been expected by most to win handily. Now, hopefully, this will all be settled in the ring by these two warriors.

    The two other major fights on this card and telecast also both promise spirited action, superior technique, and rugged competitiveness.

    Argentina's Jorge Barrios (46-2-1, 33 KOs), the colorful WBO 130-pound champion, will defend his belt against the undefeated Joan Guzman (25-0, 17 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Both men are sluggers, although Guzman, nicknamed "Little Tyson", has been developing into a boxer-puncher as well. But this is only Guzman's second fight at this weight, so we shall see for which fighter size matters most.

    The top fighter in the world at 122 pounds, WBC super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez (40-3, 29 KOs), will also defend his title against Jhonny Gonzalez (33-4, 28 KOs), the WBO bantamweight champion who is now moving up in weight. Both of these fighters, who each are from Mexico, have won most of their recent fights by knockout or TKO, so yet another intriguing battle is anticipated here.

    As a preview of this loaded card, we spoke on a series of international media conference calls with Marco Antonio Barrera, Rocky Juarez, Golden Boy Promotions' President Oscar De La Hoya, Jorge Barrios, Joan Guzman, Israel Vazquez, and Jhonny Gonzalez.

    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, September 11, 2006

    SecondsOut Radio: Marco Antonio Barrera, Rocky Juarez, Oscar De La Hoya, Jorge Barrios, Joan Guzman, Israel Vazquez, Jhonny Gonzalez 

    On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman presents a big show about what could be one of the biggest and best boxing shows of the year.

    This coming Saturday, September 16, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mexican legend and WBC super featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera (62-4, 42 KOs) will fight a rematch with Rocky Juarez of Houston, Texas (25-2, 18 KOs). This bout will be the main event on this card and also on the telecast, which will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View in the U.S. The lead promoter for this card is Golden Boy Promotions.

    The last time both Barrera and Juarez fought, in May in Los Angeles, Barrera won a controversial split decision victory over Juarez. The outcome had first been announced as a draw, but then was changed to a win for Barrera, as the California commission said they had made a clerical error. Before that fight, Barrera had been expected by most to win handily. Now, hopefully, this will all be settled in the ring by these two warriors.

    The two other major fights on this card and telecast also both promise spirited action, superior technique, and rugged competitiveness.

    Argentina's Jorge Barrios (46-2-1, 33 KOs), the colorful WBO 130-pound champion, will defend his belt against the undefeated Joan Guzman (25-0, 17 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Both men are sluggers, although Guzman, nicknamed "Little Tyson", has been developing into a boxer-puncher as well. But this is only Guzman's second fight at this weight, so we shall see for which fighter size matters most.

    The top fighter in the world at 122 pounds, WBC super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez (40-3, 29 KOs), will also defend his title against Jhonny Gonzalez (33-4, 28 KOs), the WBO bantamweight champion who is now moving up in weight. Both of these fighters, who each are from Mexico, have won most of their recent fights by knockout or TKO, so yet another intriguing battle is anticipated here.

    As a preview of this loaded card, we spoke on a series of international media conference calls with Marco Antonio Barrera, Rocky Juarez, Golden Boy Promotions' President Oscar De La Hoya, Jorge Barrios, Joan Guzman, Israel Vazquez, and Jhonny Gonzalez.

    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, September 07, 2006

    Video Interview with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on FightBeat.com 

    The video interview I conducted Wednesday with Floyd Mayweather Jr., with Carlos Guzman doing the camera work, is now up on FightBeat.com.

    It is free to view. An audio version will also be posted in the near future.

    The undefeated Mayweather (36-0, 24 KOs), who is ranked atop most boxing journalists' mythical pound-for-pound lists, was in New York for a news conference held at the Tavern on the Green restaurant on Central Park West. The news conference was called to announce Mayweather's next fight, which will be a title fight against the welterweight champion of the world, Carlos Baldomir (43-9-6, 13 KOs). That fight will take place Nov. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, and will be shown live in the U.S. on HBO Pay-Per-View.

    More interviews from that news conference are forthcoming.

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    Tuesday, September 05, 2006

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Eugene Robinson Interviews Eddie Goldman, Parts 1 and 2 

    On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, we turn the tables a little bit.

    When host Eddie Goldman was contacted by Eugene Robinson to be the subject of an interview for his forthcoming book on the combat sports, it was agreed that this interview would be recorded and also used on NO HOLDS BARRED. Eugene is an old colleague from the combat sports media who has also been spreading the word in some mainstream media outlets. Besides that, he has trained in the combat sports, is lead vocalist with the band Oxbow, and was on MySpace even before Eddie.

    This week we bring you, in two parts, this interview.

    Eugene begins by asking Eddie how he became the combat sports journalist that he now is. The discussion then delves into his background, his love of wrestling, the history of combat sports in particular and sports in general, an assessment of the current state of various combat sports, culture, politics, and, of course, philosophy. This is a special show where some very critical questions are addressed in depth, and, as usual, the analysis is NO HOLDS BARRED.

    To listen to parts one and two of NO HOLDS BARRED, just click here.

    Part one is also here and here.

    Part two is also here and 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, September 04, 2006

    SecondsOut Radio: Nikolai Valuev, Don King, Monte Barrett 


    On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman discusses the latest scoring controversies from this past weekend's fights between James Toney and Samuel Peter, and Clinton Woods and Glen Johnson.

    As a prelude to the Oct. 7 title fight at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., between undefeated, seven-foot tall WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev (44-0, 32 KOs) and challenger Monte Barrett (31-4, 17 KOs), a U.S. tour was organized last week both to hype this fight and to introduce Valuev to the American media. At the New York news conference, we spoke with Valuev, Barrett, and promoter Don King about this upcoming fight and how they view the heavyweight division.

    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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