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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

NO HOLDS BARRED: Matt Lindland 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with one of the best fighters and busiest people in the mixed martial arts, Matt Lindland.

    On Feb. 2, Matt defeated Carlos Newton with a guillotine choke on an International Fight League (IFL) show in Houston, Texas. On Feb. 23, the IFL team he coaches, the Portland Wolfpack, defeated Carlos Newton's Toronto Dragons by a score of 3-2 on another IFL show, this time in Atlanta, Georgia. The next night, he was in Las Vegas to corner longtime MMA and Greco-Roman wrestling teammate Dan Henderson in his successful and historic fight at Pride 33 against Wanderlei Silva. And Matt will be going to Russia to fight the top heavyweight MMA fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko, on a BodogFight show on April 14.

    We spoke with Matt about Pride, IFL, BodogFight, and more, including the sport of wrestling, on this week's show.

    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.

    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:

    IFL, the International Fight League, the world's first professional mixed martial arts league. Make sure to check out their regular TV shows on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S. and to check your local listings for dates and times. You can also catch the IFL's newest show every Monday on MyNetworkTV from 8-10 PM, starting Monday, March 12. An encore presentation will run each Saturday night from 8-10 PM. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events and their TV schedule.

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

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    Sunday, February 25, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Israel Vazquez, Rafael Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Vic Darchinyan, Victor Burgos, David Tua, Peter Quillin, Velasquez Twins 

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  • On this week's packed edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman presents a series of interviews which include a preview of what might just become a fight of the year candidate.

    This coming Saturday, March 3, the boxer considered by most observers to be the best 122-pounder in the world, WBC super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez (41-3, 31 KOs), defends his title against the man considered by most observers to be the best 118-pounder in the world, IBF bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez (36-3, 32 KOs). It is rare for any show to feature two number one fighters, both of whom usually leave it all in the ring, on the same card, let alone in the same fight. But this will be the case in the main event this Saturday night on a card that will be held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and shown live in the U.S. on Showtime.

    The Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez bout clearly could become a fight of the year candidate, a potentiality of which both fighters are well aware.

    The co-feature will also pit one of the most exciting and talented fighters in the world, IBF flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (27-0, 21 KOs), in a title defense against a former champ, the veteran Victor Burgos (39-14-3, 23 KOs). We spoke with Israel Vazquez, Rafael Marquez, Vic Darchinyan, and Victor Burgos on a media teleconference call.

    Also this Saturday night, March 3, another one of the top fighters in the world, the undefeated WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (28-0, 23 KOs), will face mandatory challenger Oktay Urkal (38-3, 12 KOs). This fight will take place in the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 3 and will be telecast in the U.S. on HBO. We spoke with Miguel Cotto on yet another media teleconference call.

    New York's Roseland Ballroom was the host of another edition of the Gotham Boxing series this past week on Thursday, February 22. At this event and right after his fight, we spoke with former heavyweight contender David Tua (47-3-1, 40 KOs), who scored a ten-round unanimous decision over journeyman Robert Hawkins (21-7, 7 KOs). This was Tua's fifth straight win since returning from a two-year layoff due to managerial problems.

    We also spoke with unbeaten rising star, middleweight Pete "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (9-0, 8 KOs), who stopped veteran Steve Walker (20-15, 14 KOs) in just 38 seconds of the first round with a brutal left hook. Plus, we spoke with the highly-touted amateur standouts and twins, Carlos Ivan Velasquez and Juan Carlos Velasquez of Puerto Rico, both of whom were victorious in their professional debuts.

    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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    Wednesday, February 21, 2007

    "The World's Greatest MMA Journalist" 

    My old friend and colleague, journalist Adisa Banjoko, among many other tasks writes a blog called Holla at a Scholar! on SFGate.com, the web site of The San Francisco Chronicle. He recently interviewed me by e-mail, and that has now been posted.

    I didn't give the piece a title, but, somewhat contrary to my less-than-boastful demeanor, he has entitled it "Eddie Goldman: The World's Greatest MMA Journalist". I am certainly flattered by such praise, and, more importantly, if it assists me in continuing to tell the no-holds-barred truth, then let it rip.

    You can read it here.

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    Monday, February 19, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Renzo Gracie, Erik Owings 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Renzo Gracie and fighter Erik Owings of the New York Pitbulls of the International Fight League (IFL).

    We discuss with Renzo his controversial disqualification victory over Frank Shamrock at the debut show of the EliteXC organization February 10; his role as coach of the Pitbulls, who next compete Friday, February 23, against the newly-formed Chicago Red Bears at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, Georgia; and where and when he plans to compete next -- the ADCC 2007 Submission Fighting World Championships, to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 2007, at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. We also speak with Erik Owings about his fight against Peter Kaljevic of the Red Bears at this Friday's IFL show as well as his views on MMA and the combat sports.

    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.

    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:

    IFL, the International Fight League, the world's first professional mixed martial arts league. Make sure to check out their regular TV shows on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S. and to check your local listings for dates and times. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events.

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

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    SecondsOut Radio: Paulie Malignaggi, Buddy McGirt, Andre Berto, Lou DiBella, Bosfest 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman presents interviews and sound from two very different boxing events which were held this past week in New York.

    We spoke with junior welterweight contender Paulie Malignaggi (22-1, 5 KOs), who was in action Saturday night, February 17, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center in New York, for the first time following his gutsy but unsuccessful fight last year against Miguel Cotto. Paulie triumphantly returned to the ring with a ten-round unanimous decision over the Edner Cherry (21-5-2, 10 KOs). We also spoke with trainer Buddy McGirt, who prepared Paulie for the first time for this fight. We spoke with one of boxing's true rising stars, the 23-year-old undefeated welterweight prospect Andre Berto (17-0, 15 KOs), who blew out veteran Norberto Bravo (23-13-3, 12 KOs) in just 2:28 of the first round Saturday night. And we got the thoughts of promoter Lou DiBella about this show, his fighters, and what it all says about New York boxing.

    This past Thursday, February 15, there was another boxing event in New York where, thankfully and by design, no fists flew. This was Bosfest, the roast and benefit for the colorful and controversial matchmaker Johnny Bos, who has recently faced a number of difficulties, including a triple whammy of congestive heart failure, a growing pile of bills, and a shrinking pile of checks. It was held at Hurley's Saloon in Manhattan and brought together a diverse cross-section of the boxing community who were trying to help Johnny.

    At Bosfest, we got a number of comments from several of the people there, including promoter Lou DiBella, Bobby Goodman of Don King Productions, fighter Maureen Shea, boxing writer George Kimball, Mike Marley of Boxingconfidential.com, and promoter Dino Duva.

    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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    Wednesday, February 14, 2007


    Those in the boxing world are quite familiar with the colorful, controversial, and legendary matchmaker Johnny Bos. Now Johnny has recently been facing a number of difficulties, including a triple whammy of congestive heart failure, a growing pile of bills, and a shrinking pile of checks.

    There will be a roast and benefit for Johnny called Bosfest in New York this Thursday, February 15, to help raise funds for him. It takes place at Hurley's Saloon in Manhattan at 232 West 48th St between 7th and 8th Avenues at 7:00 PM ET. There are still a few tickets left at $250 per seat for what will be an unforgettable night. If you can't make the event but want to contribute, donations of $100 or more will get you a DVD of the event. And if you are unable to contribute this amount, please send whatever you can to Mike Marley, 250 W. 100th St., Suite 1102, New York, NY 10025 USA.

    To discuss Bosfest, Johnny Bos, boxing writer Michael Woods, and I will be guests on the nationally-syndicated "Joey Reynolds Show" Wednesday night/Thursday morning, February 14/February 15.

    The "Joey Reynolds Show" is heard on over 80 radio stations. This talk show airs live beginning at midnight ET and runs to 5 AM ET, on WOR 710 AM in New York. We are presently scheduled to come on at about 1 AM ET.

    You can also listen to the "Joey Reynolds Show" online. For more information on the show's webcast, go to
    http://www.wor710.com/.

    For more information on the "Joey Reynolds Show," go to http://www.wor710.com/pages/46370.php.

    For more information on Myra Chanin, who works with the show, and also about Joey and the show, go to
    http://motherwonderful.com/.

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    Monday, February 12, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Paulie Malignaggi, Sechew Powell, Andre Berto, Johnny Bos 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman previews two very different boxing events coming up this week in New York.

    On Saturday night, February 17, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center near Madison Square Garden, a trio of fights which will be televised in the U.S. on HBO's Boxing After Dark will take place. Junior welterweight contender Paulie Malignaggi (21-1, 5 KOs), in his first fight since his gutsy performance last year against Miguel Cotto, takes on the tough Edner Cherry (21-4-2, 10 KOs). Junior middleweight contender Sechew Powell (20-1, 12 KOs) also faces an experienced and tough opponent in Ishe Smith (18-1, 8 KOs). And the hot undefeated welterweight prospect Andre Berto (16-0, 14 KOs) takes on the veteran Norberto Bravo (23-12-3, 12 KOs).

    We spoke with Paulie Malignaggi, Sechew Powell, and Andre Berto on a recent media conference call.

    Those in the boxing world are quite familiar with the colorful and controversial matchmaker Johnny Bos. He has recently faced a number of difficulties, including a triple whammy of congestive heart failure, a growing pile of bills, and a shrinking pile of checks.

    There will be a roast and benefit for Johnny in New York this Thursday, February 15, to help raise funds for him. It takes place at Hurley's Saloon in Manhattan at 232 West 48th St between 7th and 8th Avenues at 7:00 PM ET. There are still a few tickets left at $250 per seat for what will be an unforgettable night. If you can't make the event but want to contribute, donations of $100 or more will get you a DVD of the event. And if you are unable to contribute this amount, please send whatever you can to Mike Marley, 250 W. 100th St., Suite 1102, New York, NY 10025 USA.

    We spoke by phone with the legendary Johnny Bos about his situation and to get a sample of his always enlightening and entertaining views on the world of boxing.

    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, February 11, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: EliteXC and Gracie-Shamrock Review 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman reviews the premiere show of the new EliteXC organization, which was held Saturday, February 10, at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss., and shown in the U.S. on Showtime. This was the first time that this network has televised a mixed martial arts event. Among the many topics discussed is the controversial disqualification of Frank Shamrock in his fight with Renzo Gracie. As usual, this commentary is no holds barred.

    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.

    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:

    IFL, the International Fight League, the world's first professional mixed martial arts league. Make sure to check out their regular TV shows on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S. and to check your local listings for dates and times. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events.

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

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    Wednesday, February 07, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Shane Mosley, Luis Collazo, Mo Lawal 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, the second this week, host Eddie Goldman focuses on the worlds of boxing and wrestling.

    This Saturday, February 10, one of boxing's top stars, Shane Mosley (43-4, 1 NC, 37 KOs), will have a tough test when he fights Luis Collazo (27-2, 13 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight bout in Las Vegas. Collazo is the underrated southpaw who gave 2005 Fighter of the Year Ricky Hatton all he could handle last year. This fight between Mosley and Collazo will be shown live in the U.S. on HBO.

    We got prefight comments from both Shane Mosley and Luis Collazo on a media teleconference call Tuesday, Feb. 6.

    Freestyle wrestler Mo Lawal (Colorado Springs, Colo./Gator WC, 96 kg/211.5 lbs.) was the lone American to win his match Tuesday night, Feb. 6, in a dual meet between U.S. and Russian freestyle teams at the Chicago Cup held at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He also was the only American to win a gold medal at the prestigious Takhti Cup of freestyle wrestling held on January 18 in Bandar Abbas, Iran. And he is emerging as one of the most colorful, controversial, and popular wrestlers active today in America.

    We spoke with Mo Lawal by phone shortly after his victory at the Chicago Cup about these international wins, his plans, and his views on a variety of topics, including what he will watch on TV this coming Saturday night: the Mosley-Collazo fight, the Elite XC mixed martial arts card on Showtime, or both.

    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.

    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:

    IFL, the International Fight League, the world's first professional mixed martial arts league. Make sure to check out their regular TV shows on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S. and to check your local listings for dates and times. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events.

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

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    Tuesday, February 06, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Lindsey Durlacher, Mary Kelly, Chicago Cup Wrestling, TV Wrapup 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman discusses the Chicago Cup, a dual meet between the men's freestyle teams from the USA and Russia. The Chicago Cup will be held Tuesday, February 6, at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. The event will also feature two women's freestyle and two Greco-Roman matches. It is being sponsored by USA Wrestling and World Sport Chicago.

    We speak with two wrestlers in this event: Greco-Roman wrestler Lindsey Durlacher, a two-time U.S. World Team member and a bronze medalist at the 2006 World Championships at 55 kg/121 lbs., and women's freestyle wrestler Mary Kelly, a member of the U.S. World Team in 2006 at 48 kg/105.5 lbs.

    LiveSportsVideo.com will show a free, recorded webcast of the Chicago Cup on Tuesday, Feb. 6, beginning at approximately 10 pm CST.

    We also discuss why, with all the combat and contact sports on American television this past weekend, the most exciting development was the emergence of a new international star in boxing, Chad Dawson (23-0, 1 NC, 15 KOs). He captured the WBC light heavyweight belt by dominating the now-former champ, Tomasz Adamek (31-1, 21 KOs), over 12 rounds Saturday night in Kissimmee, Fla., in a fight shown in the U.S. on Showtime.

    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.

    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:

    IFL, the International Fight League, the world's first professional mixed martial arts league. Make sure to check out their regular TV shows on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S. and to check your local listings for dates and times. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events.

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

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    Monday, February 05, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Shannon Briggs, Sultan Ibragimov, Weekend Wrapup 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing the emergence of the new WBC light heavyweight champ, Chad Dawson (23-0, 1 NC, 15 KOs), as an international star. He captured that title by dominating the now-former champ, Tomasz Adamek (31-1, 21 KOs), over 12 rounds Saturday night in Kissimmee, Fla.

    We also discuss the increasingly absurd situation involving top heavyweight contender Samuel Peter. He has now won two straight fights, both billed as WBC heavyweight title elimination bouts, for the opportunity to face WBC heavyweight champ Oleg Maskaev in his next fight. But former champ Vitali Klitschko has announced his return to the ring after two years of retirement, and the WBC may bump him ahead of Peter.

    We next preview the March 10 title fight at Madison Square Garden's Theater in New York between WBO heavyweight champ Shannon Briggs (48-4-1, 42 KOs) and the unbeaten Sultan Ibragimov (19-0-1, 16 KOs), a 2000 Olympic silver medalist for Russia. We spoke with both Shannon Briggs and Sultan Ibragimov at a recent news conference in New York.

    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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