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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.

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