Saturday, May 13, 2006

NO HOLDS BARRED: Eddie Goldman Interview with Rico Chiapparelli on Two More Sites 

The latest edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, featuring our interview with Rico Chiapparelli about the debut show of the Professional Submission League (PSL), named L.A. SUB X, on Friday, May 26, in Santa Monica, CA, is now available through two more web sites.

A link has been posted on the PSL’s web site at
http://www.lasubx.com. It is also available to listen to directly at OurMedia.org at http://www.ourmedia.org/node/223121/, or through my page on that site at http://www.ourmedia.org/user/57277/.

The show can still be listened to if you
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:

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.

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Tom Hauser: “Fighters Are Dying: Stop The Nonsense” on SecondsOut.com 

The battle for fighter safety and against corruption in boxing may be heating up again.

Our colleague Tom Hauser has just posted an important article called “Fighters Are Dying: Stop The Nonsense” on SecondsOut.com.

The article takes the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s so-called medical guidelines advisory committee to task for accomplishing exactly nothing since it was set up last September. This committee was created, as the article points out, “in the wake of a four-month period during which four fighters left the ring in Las Vegas with bleeding in their brain. Two of them (Martin Sanchez and Leavander Johnson) died.”

Make sure to check out this article.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

Mayorga’s Latest Disgrace 

HBO Sports announced Thursday that last Saturday's Oscar De La Hoya-Ricardo Mayorga fight in Las Vegas received 875,000 pay-per-view buys, thus amassing $43.8 million in pay-per-view revenue.

The news also came out Thursday that a post-fight doping test on Mayorga came back positive for the diuretic Furosemide, also known as Lasix, which, according to this same report, is “taken to lose weight quickly or to mask steroid use.”

Remember that this was the same guy who insulted one group after another in the pre-fight hype to sell these 875,000 pay-per-view buys and tickets to the over 13,000 fans who saw the fight live at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Fifty bucks for this? If we wanted to see dope cheats competing, we could have always watched baseball – and for free.

And it also is no coincidence that the guys with the loudest and foulest mouths are the same ones who are the biggest cheaters.

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Floyd Patterson, the former two-time heavyweight champion of the world, and one of the most beloved and popular figures in the world of boxing, died Thursday at the age of 71.

Our colleague, boxing writer extraordinaire Charles Farrell, was a business partner of Floyd’s for a couple of years. Floyd also trained fighters whom he then managed. Charles sent us this brief but touching remembrance of his late friend:

“In a business where the best fighters are seldom macho and seldom push their weight around, Floyd was the mildest of them all. He always went out of his way to understand the other person's point of view and took great care to not embarrass anyone. Floyd Patterson was a guy whose public persona matched his inner make-up almost exactly. The only thing that didn't come across in public was his wonderful sense of humor. We made each other laugh. I'm very lucky to have been his friend.”

The New York Times also has an obituary of Floyd Patterson on their web site.

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Thursday, May 11, 2006


The upcoming Strikeforce Fighting Championship mixed martial arts show has a new main event and a new web site to boot.

An injury to Kevin Randleman has forced him to withdraw from his fight with Vitor Belfort. This had been scheduled as the main event for their next show on Friday, June 9, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Now Belfort will be facing Alistair Overeem, a regular in Pride. This fight is actually a rematch, as on April 23 of last year, Overeem defeated Belfort in Pride by a guillotine choke at 9:36 of the first round.

More information is on the Strikeforce press release, which we have also posted on the Combat Sports News.

And you can also check out their new web site, at http://www.strikeforceusa.net/ , which includes information on how to order tickets for this event.


The new World Sumo League (WSL) has updated its 2006 tour schedule for North America. Here are the latest dates for the 13 venues on this leg of the tour:

Friday, May 26, at The Palace at Auburn Hills, MI
Saturday, May 27, at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL
Saturday, June 3, at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, June 6, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada
Friday, June 9, at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ
Sunday, June 11, at the Bank Atlantic Arena in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Monday, June 12, at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL
Friday, June 16, at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA
Saturday, June 17, at Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA
Tuesday, June 20, at Everett Events Center in Everett, WA
Wednesday, June 21, at Rose Garden in Portland, OR
Friday, June 23, at Glendale Arena, Glendale, AZ
Saturday, June 24, at Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV

WSL is also bringing to New York Thursday eight of its wrestlers to tape commercials for a British television series which will air in July and feature this tour. They are Levan Altunashvili of the Republic of Georgia; Stilian Georgiev and Petar Stoyanov of Bulgaria; Kaleo of Japan; Sidney Carty of The Netherlands; Hans Borg and Ronny Allman of Norway; and Wayne Vierra, Jr. of Hawaii.


Thanks also go to Armando Cabrera of Let's Talk Boxing.

His site posted the release about the NO HOLDS BARRED podcast as well as SecondsOut Radio.

It’s good to see the combat sports media, and especially those with the good sense to be online, supporting each other.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

NO HOLDS BARRED: Eddie Goldman Speaks with Rico Chiapparelli about the Professional Submission League 

There have been many prior attempts at establishing some form of legitimate professional wrestling league in the U.S., both using submission wrestling and Olympic-style rules. One of the most promising of these ventures is called the Professional Submission League (PSL) which will have its debut show, named L.A. SUB X, on Friday, May 26, in Santa Monica, CA.

The driving force behind this new event is someone who has a wealth of experience in the combat sports: Rico Chiapparelli. He was an NCAA Div. I wrestling champion while at the University of Iowa under the legendary coach Dan Gable. He later founded the RAW Team, the most successful group of wrestlers in the mixed martial arts. Now Rico is trying his hand as a promoter of sorts, attempting to establish this pro league featuring top athletes from the grappling arts including wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and judo, all competing under one set of submission wrestling rules.

Their first event will be held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Friday, May 26, beginning at 7:30 PM PDT. For those unable to attend, a live, free Internet radio webcast will be available on MMA Live (http://mmalive.com/) beginning at 7:30 PM PDT. An Internet pay-per-view is also planned after the event.

More information, including on how to order tickets, is being posted on the new PSL web site at http://www.lasubx.com/.

On this week’s edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, we discuss all this and more with Rico Chiapparelli.

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

Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is now 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:

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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“The Hate Business” on TheSweetScience.com 

Well, dear and perceptive readers, my latest column is up on TheSweetScience.com.

It is called “The Hate Business” and is for lovers of boxing.

Check it out and leave some comments.

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Monday, May 08, 2006

SecondsOut Radio: Eddie Goldman speaks with Ricky Hatton and Luis Collazo 

On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Ricky Hatton and WBA welterweight champ Luis Collazo, who fight Sat., May 13, in Boston, Mass.

Based primarily on his stoppages last year over both Kostya Tszyu and Carlos Maussa, Hatton was selected as “Fighter of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring magazine. This year he plans to take the next steps to becoming recognized as a boxing superstar throughout the world.

Hatton, who has regularly sold out the M.E.N. Arena in his hometown of Manchester, England, for years, is having his first fight in the U.S. since 2000, and his first major title fight abroad. This will also be his first fight at welterweight, after having amassed an unblemished record of 40-0 with 30 KOs in the 140-pound division.

But his first foe at this new weight will be no pushover. Though far less known, last year Luis Collazo (26-1, 12 KOs) went into the hometown of Worcester, Mass., of then-WBA welterweight champ Jose Rivera and took a split decision from him. This past weekend, Rivera knocked WBA 154-pound champ Alejandro “Terra” Garcia down five times en route to a lopsided decision over him to capture that belt, so Rivera is not exactly a slouch and Collazo’s win over him now looks that much more impressive.

We got a chance to speak with both Ricky Hatton and Luis Collazo this past week, and you can now hear our discussions.

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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Still Alone 

A just-released report from 2000 by the UK’s Ministry of Defence concluded that there is no evidence that any UFOs, or as they call them in Britain, UAPs – Unidentified Aerial Phenomena – are actually spacecraft carrying visitors from other planets. The study stated that these “sightings are the result of rare atmospheric conditions.”

The entire report is supposed to be posted on the Ministry of Defence’s web site later this week.

So how likely is it that there does exist some intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? Scientist Frank Drake developed an equation in 1961 to try to answer this question.

The Drake Equation involves calculating the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy; finding the fraction of them with planets; the fraction of those planets where life actually evolves; the fraction that evolves intelligent life; the fraction that communicates; the fraction of the planet’s life during which the communicating civilizations survive; and the number of communicating civilizations in the galaxy.

He also is the Director for the Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and was key in setting up the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute in 1984, where he now serves as its Board’s Chairman Emeritus. There is even now a SETI@home project where the public can join in this search.

So what have they found so far? No little green or gray men yet, or much else. But there are over one hundred billion stars in the Milky Way and these folks have been at it for only a little over two decades, with technology still advancing at breakneck speed.

It does seem likely that there is someone else out there, somewhere. We just won’t learn about them from rumors, fables, legends, fairy tales, and the deceit of the drunk and/or demented. Science, fact, and reason will do, as threatening as those tools are to some people and institutions.

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

STILL GOLDEN - Golden Boy Promotions Press Releases 



LAS VEGAS, May 6 – Ring rust? What ring rust? In his first fight in 20 months, ‘The Golden Boy’, Oscar De La Hoya showed that he was better than ever, impressively stopping Ricardo Mayorga in six dominating rounds to win the WBC junior middleweight championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The end came at 1:25 of the sixth frame as De La Hoya scored his third knockdown of the fight, which was televised on HBO Pay-Per-View.

For De La Hoya, who improves to 38-4 with 30 knockouts, the win earned him an amazing ninth world title, spanning every division from junior lightweight to middleweight, and it was his 19th victory and 12th knockout in 23 championship fights. And even more impressive is that after close to 14 years in the pro boxing game, Oscar is still golden.

Golden Boy Promotions congratulates our president and our champion, Oscar De La Hoya.

For more information on Golden Boy Promotions, please visit our website at http://www.goldenboypromotions.com/ .



LAS VEGAS, May 6 – Saturday night was a big one for the Golden Boy Promotions team at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in addition to the stirring win by President Oscar De La Hoya over Ricardo Mayorga, five other fighters from the GBP team emerged victorious in their bouts.

Junior middleweight star Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma, who is co-promoted by Russell Peltz, survived a first round knockdown to earn a hard fought split decision over Marco Antonio Rubio in a bruising 12 round bout that saw both men give and take some hellacious bombs without giving in.

Two recent signees who are co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Sycuan Ringside Promotions, junior lightweight Joan Guzman and junior welterweight Jorge Paez Jr., made impressive debuts with GBP by outpointing Javier Jauregui and Lowell Brownfield, respectively, in undercard bouts which were also televised by HBO Pay-Per-View.

2004 US Olympian Rock Allen moved to 7-0 with 5 KOs with a six round decision win over Juan Hernandez, and Puerto Rican super bantamweight Jonathan Oquendo improved to 9-0 with 5 KOs by decisioning Torrence Daniels over eight rounds.

And even though GBP fighters Rubio, Jauregui, and Aaron Garcia fell short in their bouts tonight, Golden Boy Promotions congratulates all our warriors, who – win or lose – always gave their best.

For more information on Golden Boy Promotions, please visit our website at http://www.goldenboypromotions.com/

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“Rivera Wins Lopsided Decision and Title in Worcester” on TheSweetScience.com 

George Kimball has a ringside report of Rivera-Garcia and Perez-Kirilov on TheSweetScience.com called “Rivera Wins Lopsided Decision and Title in Worcester”.

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Jose Rivera-Alejandro Garcia and Luis Perez-Dimitri Kirilov Post-Fight Press Release 


From Showtime: "In an exciting, tremendous slugfest that featured six knockdowns and numerous exchanges throughout, Jose Antonio Rivera won a 12-round decision over defending champion Alejandro 'Terra' Garcia to capture the WBA super welterweight title Saturday on SHOWTIME."

We have posted the Showtime press release on Saturday night’s wonderful Jose Rivera-Alejandro Garcia and Luis Perez-Dimitri Kirilov card from Worcester, Mass., on the Combat Sports News.

Rivera may have fought the fight of his life by dropping the rugged Garcia five times

In the co-feature, Russian fighter Dimitri Kirilov was clearly robbed against IBF junior bantamweight champ Luis Perez by a 12-round split decision. After the fight Perez did say he would give Kirilov a rematch.

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Worcester Results: Rivera Tops Garcia 



Supervisor: Renzo Bagnariol, Nicaragua
Referee: Dick Flaherty, Mass.
Judge: Roland Milton, Mass. 116-106 R
Judge: Leo Gerstel, Mass. 116-106 R
Judge: Don O’Neill, Mass. 114-107 R

Supervisor: Al Lucas, New Jersey
Referee: John Zablocki, Mass.
Judge: Paul Barry, Mass. 117-110 K
Judge: Mike Ancona, Ohio 115-113 P
Judge: David Hess, Iowa 114-113 P

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De La Hoya Stops Mayorga in Six 

Phil Woolever has a ringside report of De La Hoya-Mayorga on The SweetScience.com called “De La Hoya-Mayorga: When the Smackeroos are Worth the Smacks”.

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