Saturday, March 11, 2006

Shamrock KOs Gracie in 21 Seconds 

In what turned out to be an historic show for many reasons, Frank Shamrock knocked out Cesar Gracie in just 21 seconds of the first round Friday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. This fight was the main event of the first state-sanctioned mixed martial arts card in California.

According to veteran journalist Eugene Robinson, who was covering the fight ringside for Throwdown Magazine, the arena was packed with 18,265 fans, a new attendance record for mixed martial arts in North America. In an interview which will be run in its entirety on the next edition of “No Holds Barred,” he said this event was “exceedingly healthy for the sport” of mixed martial arts.

You can also find out more about Eugene Robinson on his band’s web site at http://theoxbow.com/.

As announced by Frank Shamrock on the first edition of the new “No Holds Barred” show, this fight card will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more information on that.

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Hasim Rahman and James Toney Conference Call Transcripts Posted 

The transcripts of this week’s media conference calls with WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman and James Toney, who fight Sat., March 18, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, have been released.

We posted them on the Boxing section of the Combat Sports News at http://www.keepersofthecage.com/forums/index.php?showforum=19.

Make sure to check these out and be ready for a lot more on this upcoming fight.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Frank Shamrock vs. Cesar Gracie Tonight in San Jose CA 

History will be made tonight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., as the first state-sanctioned mixed martial arts card in California will take place. Headlined by the return of former fighter of the year Frank Shamrock after a lengthy absence from major competition against Cesar Gracie, this fight pits two members of two of the greatest families in mixed martial arts and grappling history, the Shamrocks and Gracies, against one other.

Our interview with Frank Shamrock on the first edition of the new "No Holds Barred" show can still be heard for free.

You can either stream or download the show on my No Holds Barred page on the Internet Archive at http://www.archive.org/details/NoHoldsBarred.

You can also download it via the King of the Cage page at http://www.kingofthecage.com/videos/nhb1.mp3.

It is also still available, and all for free, on NowPublic.com at http://www.nowpublic.com/node/32296 and through PodOmatic.com at http://nhbnews.podomatic.com/entry/2006-03-06T22_41_53-08_00.

This fight will also be shown on tape-delay in the coming weeks on Fox Sports Net, so stay tuned for an official announcement about dates and times.

And for more information about the event tonight, go to the official web site at http://www.shamrockvsgracie.com/.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Real Pro Wrestling Announces Season Two Plans 

Real Pro Wrestling has just announced its plans for a second season, which they say “is expected to take place in the late fall of 2006.” Among the highlights are that there will be eight states in this new league hosting teams which will hold live dual meets.

Here is the press release:

Nashville, Tenn. - Real Pro Wrestling (RPW), a professional sports league for collegiate and Olympic-style wrestlers, has announced its initial plans for a second season of competition, which is expected to take place in the late fall of 2006, along with the eight states that will host franchises, co-founders Toby Willis and Matt Case have announced.

"We've brought a lot of exposure to our sport through these amazing athletes," Willis said. "We consider that one of our biggest successes. In addition to adding value to our tight knit wrestling community, we need to continue to create more awareness for our sport.

"While the actual cities of the eight franchises have yet to be finalized, RPW will select teams to compete in the following eight states: California, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. All eight of those states hosted teams in the first season as well, but this will be the first season that actual competitions will be held in those states.

"We chose these regions for a variety of reasons. They are either top wrestling markets or are showing considerable growing in the sport," Case said. "Texas, for example, isn't a traditional wrestling hotbed, but it's growing fast. It's a region that if successful, could be a foundational area.

"Currently, venues in various cities throughout the eight aforementioned states are being surveyed along with community interest and local sponsors in each region.

"Wrestling could support many teams in many regions because of the wealth of it's grassroots programs. The sport doesn't require huge football-size stadiums because of the close-up action. You don't need a big field of play," Willis added.

RPW will announce the host cities of the franchises along with rosters as they are finalized and become available.

Willis and Case also announced that the league format will change for its second season to dual meet competitions held regionally. In Season One, wrestlers competed in individual tournaments in seven separate weight classes. A team score was kept for eight teams, each of which had one wrestler per weight class.

In Season Two, the eight teams will compete against each other in dual meets in front of live crowds, culminating with a dual meet championship at the end of the season. Each team will have seven weight classes, and rosters are expected to be filled by the end of summer.

"We initially used the tournament format because it allowed us to meet the 'made for TV' requirements and capture all the episodes in a short time," Case stated. "However, our aim has always been team based competition in a live dual meet format in cities. This is why we're making the transition from tournament to duals.

"In 2005, RPW presented a historic first season of wrestling action on PAX and Fox Sports Net. Seven, one-hour episodes were aired, one for each weight class, and a two-hour finale showcased the championship bouts from each of the seven weight classes. Nearly a half million people viewed the two-hour finale.

The episodes also aired in over 90 countries on major networks such as EuroSport and ESPN Star-Asia.

The Iowa Stalkers ran away with the team title. Individual champions were 2000 Olympic silver medalist Sammie Henson of the Pennsylvania Hammer (121 lbs.), Tony DeAnda of the New York Outrage (132), former NCAA champion Doug Schwab of the Iowa Stalkers (145), 2004 Olympian Joe Williams of the Chicago Groove (163), Mo Lawal of the Oklahoma Slam (184), 2004 Olympian Daniel Cormier of the Oklahoma Slam (211) and Pat Cummins of the Pennsylvania Hammer (264).

Overall, eight Olympians, six U.S. World Team members and 23 former NCAA champions competed in Season One. Over $300,000 in cash prizes were awarded to wrestlers.

RPW is a hybrid style of wrestling, combining the Olympic styles of Greco-Roman and Freestyle, along with elements of collegiate and Sumo wrestling.

In RPW, classic meets the future as the matches are conducted in a specially designed coliseum which showcases a raised circular mat to facilitate better camera angles and to afford the live audience a better viewing experience. The circular mat allows for 360 degree camera angles and aids in covering the close quarters that wrestlers frequently find themselves in as they maneuver for position.

Real Pro Wrestling, Inc was founded in 2002 by former Northwestern University wrestling teammates, Toby Willis and Matt Case. The company is based in Nashville, Tenn. with brand offices in Los Angeles and Colorado Springs. RPW is a television production company and a producer of live events.

Complete information about Real Pro Wrestling can be found on its official web site, www.RealProWrestling.com.

-- John Fuller
Real Pro Wrestling
Director of Communications

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“Why Boxing Needs Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton” on TheSweetScience.com 

Who but yours truly would find a way to connect the recent actions of Oscar De La Hoya, Ricardo Mayorga, Golden Boy Promotions’ CEO Richard Schaefer, Don King, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton? It’s all there in my latest column on TheSweetScience.com.

Called “Why Boxing Needs Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton”, this one is for everyone, be you a redneck, hippie, yuppie, geek, thug, homeboy or girl, or whatever. Except for dumbasses, that is.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Two More Sites to Hear New “No Holds Barred” Show 

Since the original post and flurry of messages I sent out about the return of “No Holds Barred”, I have uploaded the debut show to two more sites.

You can either stream or download the show on my No Holds Barred page on the Internet Archive at http://www.archive.org/details/NoHoldsBarred.

You can also download it via the King of the Cage page at http://www.kingofthecage.com/videos/nhb1.mp3.

It is also still available, and all for free, on NowPublic.com at http://www.nowpublic.com/node/32296 and through PodOmatic.com at http://nhbnews.podomatic.com/entry/2006-03-06T22_41_53-08_00.

The NowPublic page even has some JavaScript on it you can copy if you want to put the show on your own web page, although I am not sure that will be done every week.

We did have a staff meeting of the show’s host, producer, director, head writer, sales chief, marketing head, chief engineer, and production technician – all coincidentally named Eddie Goldman – to do a bit of fine-tuning on the tech end. The site which was originally chosen to be the main host for the audio file has had some major technical problems of its own, and could not have it uploaded for what it calls “unknown” technical reasons. So I improvised a bit, and, Oop-bop-sh-bam, the show is now up on these four sites. Stay tuned for what happens next week.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

“No Holds Barred” Returns: Eddie Goldman interviews Frank Shamrock 

It took longer than hoped for, but as promised, “No Holds Barred” is back.

From 1999 to 2001, five days a week, every week, the original “No Holds Barred” daily talk show ran live on the now-defunct eYada.com Internet radio network. We did 400 shows and over 1000 interviews on “No Holds Barred”, and, according to figures provided to us from the eYada.com servers, had about 15,000 listeners a week. I was the host with my able producer Al Gattullo riding shotgun.

But in July 2001, eYada.com closed its doors. It was partially the victim of being somewhat ahead of its time, but also was slain by those who profited from keeping new forms of media in general and the Internet in particular from succeeding. Tellingly, in the almost five years since its demise, and despite the unchecked advance of all sorts of new technology, eYada.com has neither been revived nor replaced.

For myself as host, this put me on another journey in search of a suitable place and method of bringing the show back. As many know, I have recently started as host of an Internet radio boxing show called SecondsOut Radio.

Now after many months of planning and work, we are able to announce the return of “No Holds Barred”.

This new incarnation of the show will have some important differences with the eYada.com version. That was a live show, webcast from the studios funded with the millions of dollars eYada.com had raised (and burnt through in two years). We have no such money tree, although we do have some great sponsors.

The old show, being live, was able to do up-to-date news. This show will be weekly and prerecorded, and thus will focus more on interviews and a talk format. Besides, there are numerous web sites posting news from the combat sports almost as fast as it happens.

But the new show will be the same in two key departments.

First, it will cover all the combat sports (although most of my boxing audio interviews will be done on SecondsOut Radio).

Second, this damn show will be, so long as I can be a host, NO HOLDS BARRED, telling it like it is, speaking truth to power, and leaving the baloney to those who butcher the truth, logic, facts, science, reason, and history in search of a dirty dollar.

On the first edition of the return of “No Holds Barred,” we speak with former mixed martial arts fighter of the year Frank Shamrock. On Friday, March 10, in San Jose, Calif., after being out of the spotlight for several years, Frank returns to action to fight Cesar Gracie.

For more information on that show, click here.

To listen to “No Holds Barred”, just click here or here or here.

The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download. And the volume level of this show was set loud, so those with good hearing might want to adjust their settings.

“No Holds Barred” is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

Underhook, with Next Level Apparel, the tops in grappling shorts, rashguards, and more.

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

Throwdown Magazine, action lifestyle for extreme sports and the best in combat sports journalism.

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

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Monday, March 06, 2006

SecondsOut Radio: Eddie Goldman interviews John Duddy, Maureen Shea, Pete Quillin, Richard Schaefer, and Don King 

The latest edition of SecondsOut Radio, hosted by yours truly, is now up.

On this week’s edition, we speak with undefeated up-and-coming fighters “Irish” John Duddy (15-0, 13 KOs), Maureen Shea (4-0, 3 KOs), and Pete “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (2-0, 2 KOs), who each are in bouts March 16 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York; Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, about boxing’s image and the new sponsorship deals they have lined up; and have a brief talk with promoter Don King.

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, March 05, 2006

Showtime Calzaghe-Lacy Photo 


From Showtime: In the defining fight of an extraordinary career, the longest reigning world champion in boxing, undefeated WBO champion Joe Calzaghe (41-0), produced a masterful, magnificent performance while winning a lopsided, dominant 12-round decision over previously unbeaten IBF kingpin Jeff Lacy (21-1) in a highly anticipated super middleweight world title unification bout Saturday on SHOWTIME from Manchester, England.

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Calzaghe Shuts Out Lacy 


Joe Calzaghe put on a brilliant performance for 12 rounds Saturday night (actually early Sunday morning in the UK) to outbox, outland, outclass, and outwork a thoroughly baffled Jeff Lacy. Calzaghe won every round on every judge’s scorecard, only losing a point for holding in the 11th round. He decked Lacy in the 12th to knock him down for the first time in his career en route to handing Lacy his first pro defeat. Official scores were 119-107 twice and 119-105.

Held at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England, this fight also resulted in Calzaghe, the reigning WBO super middleweight champion, capturing the IBF belt from Lacy as well as winning The Ring’s championship belt.

More importantly, it established Calzaghe, now 41-0 with 31 KOs, as one of the truly elite fighters of our time. Calzaghe said afterwards that he might go up to light heavyweight next, but was not sure if he would. Lacy, now 21-1 with 17 KOs, is still only 28, and has time to regroup if this fight did not damage him either physically or mentally that much.

The fight was televised live in the UK on ITV and in the USA by Showtime.

Lead stories about this memorable fight appear on TheSweetScience.com and SecondsOut.com. The Showtime post-fight press release can be seen here.

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