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Sunday, April 29, 2007

NO HOLDS BARRED: Kid Peligro 



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  • On this special edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, the second so far this week, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Kid Peligro, senior editor of the ADCC News and the worldwide advisor to the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC).

    This coming weekend, May 5 and 6, the 2007 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships will take place at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. We discuss with Kid Peligro many aspects of this event, including its background and history, who are some of the top competitors this year, the rules, the Superfight between Roger Gracie and John Olav Einemo, the significance of this event, its role in both combat sports in general and submission wrestling in particular, and more.

    The 2007 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships will also be shown on an Internet pay-per-view on ProElite.com.

    You can also order tickets online for the event through the ADCC News page at http://www2.adcombat.com.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here or here and just press the play button on the player. (Please note that if one of these sites has a technical problem, please use another one.) You can also listen to it through this and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player. (And if the player does not display the latest episode, please go directly 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:

    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, "IFL Battleground", every Monday on MyNetworkTV from 8-10 PM. 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.

    FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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    SecondsOut Radio: De La Hoya-Mayweather Preview, Diaz-Freitas Recap 

  • SecondsOut Radio with Eddie Goldman


  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman starts by discussing the significance of the victory this past Saturday, April 28, of the now-unified WBA and WBO lightweight champion Juan Diaz over Acelino Freitas. After Diaz wore down Freitas for eight rounds, Freitas did not answer the bell for the ninth. Diaz thus emerges as yet another bona fide star in the sport of boxing, and should be recognized as such.

    We next preview what will undoubtedly be the biggest fight of the year, the May 5 showdown in Las Vegas between the WBC 154-pound champion, Oscar De La Hoya, and Floyd Mayweather Jr., widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing today.

    We spoke with Shane Mosley, who holds two victories over De La Hoya, and who has been training with him for his fight with Mayweather. We spoke with Floyd Jr.'s trainer and uncle, Roger Mayweather, about what to expect in this fight. We spoke with Freddie Roach, De La Hoya's trainer, about his views on this fight. Plus, we got comments from the stars themselves, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya. In addition, we offer up a prediction, a rarity on this show.

    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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    NO HOLDS BARRED: Lana Stefanac 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Lana Stefanac. She is a world, Pan American, and U.S. national champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and also is 3-0 in mixed martial arts, winning all her fights by submission.

    Managed by the First Lady of NHB, Phyllis Lee, she will be attempting to add another title to her resume this coming weekend, May 5-6, when she competes in the women's heavyweight division at the 2007 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. This event will also be shown on an Internet pay-per-view on ProElite.com.

    The lengthy discussion with Lana touches on this event, her career, and the general role of women in the combat sports.

    Also on this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, we respond to a comment made on this blog about racism, sexism, and homophobia in the combat sports.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here or here and just press the play button on the player. (Please note that if one of these sites has a technical problem, please use another one.) You can also listen to it through this blog and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player. (And if the player does not display the latest episode, please go directly 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:

    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, "IFL Battleground", every Monday on MyNetworkTV from 8-10 PM. 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.

    FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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    MARCH FOR DECENCY 

    The National Action Network, Rev. Al Sharpton & Councilwoman Darlene Mealy Invite You To Join Us As We MARCH FOR DECENCY.

    The March will begin at Sony Music, Madison Avenue at 55th Street - continue to Universal Music, Broadway between 56th and 57th Streets - and finally to Time Warner, located at Columbus Avenue and 58th Street.

    For information call 212-690-3070. To Register please call 718-841-7264 or Log on to www.nationalactionnetwork.net.

    Join Us As We Protest Sexism, Racism And Homophobia In Music

    http://www.nationalactionnetwork.net/

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    Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: WhiteWatch 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman introduces a new commentary series which will appear from time to time on this show. It is called WhiteWatch, and it examines some of the public utterances of the former boxercise instructor-turned-UFC president, Dana White.

    We examine the tone he has set in the UFC regarding issues of race, class, and nationality; some of his critiques of boxing while emulating W"W"E; his comparison of the overall skills of UFC fighters with top pro boxers; and his writing off pro boxing as a dying if not dead sport.

    We do also expect to post some interviews with athletes on NO HOLDS BARRED later this week.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here or here and just press the play button on the player. (Please note that if one of these sites has a technical problem, please use another one.) You can also listen to it through this blog and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player. (And if the player does not display the latest episode, please go directly 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:

    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, "IFL Battleground", every Monday on MyNetworkTV from 8-10 PM. 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.

    FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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    Sunday, April 22, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Acelino Freitas, Juan Diaz, Don King, Ronnie Shields, Oscar Suarez 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman previews the highly-anticipated title unification fight between WBO lightweight champion Acelino Freitas (38-1, 32 KOs), from Salvador, Brazil, and WBA lightweight champion Juan Diaz (31-0, 15 KOs), from Houston, Texas. This fight will take place this coming Saturday, April 28, at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, and will be shown live in the U.S. on HBO.

    We spoke with both Freitas and Diaz at a recent New York news conference at the famed Friars Club. We also spoke with Don King, Diaz's promoter, about the controversy over whether the WBA would sanction this as a title unification bout. In addition, we spoke with the trainers, Ronnie Shields, who trains Diaz, and Oscar Suarez, who trains Freitas, about their approaches to this fight.

    Plus, we discuss how this latest episode of "Sanctioning Bodies Gone Wild" in the lightweight division once more highlights the need for the creation of an independent rankings poll by boxing journalists।

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    Tuesday, April 17, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Carlos Newton, Kevin Jackson, Gerald Harris, Jamal Patterson 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman begins by commenting upon the implications for the combat sports of the firing of radio host Don Imus for his blatantly racist and sexist remarks.

    We next comment upon what potentially could be one of the most important stories in the combat sports this year: the announcement of "a strategic partnership" between the International Fight League (IFL), the world's first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, and USA Wrestling, the National Governing Body for wrestling in the United States.

    We also raise a number of issues about the combat sports and the media, including the weakness of the business model which relies on revenue from pay-per-view television events.

    Next, we review some of the highlights of the IFL event held Friday, April 13, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., which we covered live from ringside.

    We spoke with Carlos Newton, head coach of the Toronto Dragons, whose team evened up its season record at 1-1 by defeating the Tucson Scorpions, coached by Don Frye, four fights to one.

    We spoke with Kevin Jackson, a 1992 Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion in freestyle wrestling, and the head freestyle coach for the U.S. national team, who served as the interim coach for the Portland Wolfpack at this event. The Wolfpack were edged by the New York Pitbulls, 3-2, and now dropped to 1-1 on the season, while the Pitbulls remained undefeated at 2-0. We discussed both what happened at this event as well as the strategic partnership between the IFL and USA Wrestling.

    We also spoke with Jamal Patterson, the light heavyweight fighter for the Pitbulls, who defeated Matt Horwich of the Wolfpack with a guillotine choke in just 37 seconds of the first round.

    And we spoke with former Cleveland State wrestler Gerald Harris, fighting here as a middleweight for the Wolfpack, who, in a thrilling bout, dropped a controversial split decision to Fabio Leopoldo of the Pitbulls, who is a three-time world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

    My main regret at this event: Not being able to talk to even more people, friends both old and new alike.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here or here and just press the play button on the player. (Please note that if one of these sites has a technical problem, please use another one.) You can also listen to it through this blog and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player. (And if the player does not display the latest episode, please go directly 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:

    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, "IFL Battleground", every Monday on MyNetworkTV from 8-10 PM. 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.

    FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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    Monday, April 16, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Jermain Taylor, Cory Spinks, Kelly Pavlik, Edison Miranda, Kevin Cunningham, Don King, Bob Arum, Lou DiBella 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman previews the May 19 fight card, which features a feast of top middleweights.

    On that card, which will be held at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, and shown in the U.S. on HBO, undefeated middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor (26-0-1, 17 KOs) defends his title against the 154-pound champion, Cory Spinks (36-3, 11 KOs). The co-feature has two of the top middleweight contenders in the world, Kelly Pavlik (30-0, 27 KOs) and Edison Miranda (28-1, 24 KOs), facing off against one another.

    We spoke with Jermain Taylor, Cory Spinks, and Spinks's manager and trainer, Kevin Cunningham, on a media teleconference call. We also spoke with both Kelly Pavlik and Edison Miranda on another media teleconference call.

    In addition, we got comments from Taylor's promoter Lou DiBella on scoring controversies and the choice of opponents for Taylor, Pavlik's promoter Bob Arum on whom he would like Pavlik to fight, and Spinks's promoter Don King on open scoring and instant replay in 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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    Thursday, April 12, 2007

    INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE AND USA WRESTLING ENTER INTO STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO GROW AWARENESS OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS AND USA WRESTLING PROGRAMS 

    INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE AND USA WRESTLING ENTER INTO STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO GROW AWARENESS OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS AND USA WRESTLING PROGRAMS -- IFL and USA Wrestling

    Grassroots events programs and clinics, joint promotional opportunities part of initial focus

    NEW YORK and COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 12, 2007 – The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, and USA Wrestling, the National Governing Body for wrestling in the United States, today announced a strategic partnership between the two organizations aimed at increasing the awareness level and creating unique grassroots programs and branding opportunities for both groups.

    “This is a great day for the IFL and for the sports of Mixed Martial Arts and wrestling,” said IFL Commissioner and Co-Founder Kurt Otto. “This partnership will give us the platform to reach a very passionate demo with one of the most respected National Governing Bodies. This cooperative program will help us further our mission to expose these great IFL athletes to a larger audience and show how they can use their wrestling skills as part of MMA.”

    “USA Wrestling is proud to partner with the IFL in this project,” said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director. “Wrestling is a core discipline of MMA and many of the greatest athletes in the sport have a strong wrestling background. This will help us expose wrestling fans and athletes to a much larger audience and grow this Olympic sport by reaching an expanded audience.”

    Currently no less than 30% of IFL coaches and athletes come from a wrestling background, many with international and college success. They include Olympic medalist Matt Lindland (Nebraska), two-time Olympian Dan Henderson, past national champion Don Frye (Arizona State) and current athletes Wayne Cole (Oklahoma), Jay Hieron (Nassau Community College and Hofstra University), Ryan McGivern (Iowa), Mike Whitehead (Missouri), Aaron Stark (Wisconsin), Ryan Schultz (Nebraska), Reese Andy (Wyoming), Shad Lierley (NYU) and others.

    The partnership will include joint USA Wrestling/IFL clinics and information sessions featuring IFL athletes and coaches and USA Wrestling staff in strategic locations, beginning with the Fan Festival held alongside the USA Wrestling World Team Trials in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 9-10.

    This event will determine the U.S. teams for the 2008 World Championships in the Olympic disciplines of men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and men’s Greco-Roman wrestling, as well as the newly recognized discipline of Grappling.

    More details concerning the World Team Trials clinic will be published shortly.

    Also in the planning process is a multimedia awareness campaign developed to promote both organizations as well as a discount program for USA Wrestling members to attend IFL events nationwide.

    Each of the nine regular season IFL events will consist of four teams – each with an athlete in all five weight classes competing – for a minimum of 10 bouts per card. The team that wins the best three of five match setup will be declared the team winner for the match, similar to collegiate and high school wrestling dual meets. The IFL also differs from other MMA organizations in that the bouts are held in an oversized five-rope boxing ring with three, four-minute rounds, designed to create the most compelling in-arena experience for local fans.

    Each of the 12 IFL teams for 2007 will compete in three regular season events; the teams with the top four overall win-loss team records will advance to the semi-finals, which will be held on Thursday, August 2, at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The 2007 IFL Finals will then be held at The Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 15.

    About USA Wrestling

    USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for wrestling in the United States, and is a member organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the international wrestling federation FILA. USA Wrestling conducts events and programs for wrestling at all levels. Its membership includes athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans all across the nation.

    About the IFL

    International Fight League™ (IFL) is the world’s first professional mixed martial arts sports league. IFL has its headquarters in New York, NY and offices in Las Vegas, NV. For more information about IFL, please see: http://www.ifl.tv/.

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    Wednesday, April 11, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Kevin Jackson, Wrestling, and Mixed Martial Arts 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Kevin Jackson, a 1992 Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion in freestyle wrestling. Now based at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., he is the head freestyle coach for the U.S. national team, which competes in Olympic and international competition and is part of USA Wrestling. He also is a Distinguished Member of the U.S. National Wrestling Hall of Fame and an inductee in the International Wrestling Hall of Fame established by FILA, the international wrestling federation.

    Kevin also had success as a mixed martial arts fighter in 1997 and 1998 in the Extreme Fighting, UFC, and Extreme Challenge organizations. He compiled a record of 4-2, including winning the UFC 14 middleweight tournament.

    While remaining in his position as freestyle wrestling coach, he will be returning to the world of mixed martial arts, for this week at least, by serving as the interim coach of the Portland Wolfpack of the International Fight League (IFL). The Wolfpack take on the New York Pitbulls, coached by Renzo Gracie, this coming Friday, April 13, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Matt Lindland, the head coach of the Wolfpack, will be in Russia where he will be fighting heavyweight standout Fedor Emelianenko on the BodogFight pay-per-view show Saturday, April 14, so Kevin is filling in for him.

    In our lengthy discussion, Kevin explains and elaborates upon why he is returning, if even briefly and as a coach, to mixed martial arts; his views on the IFL and its team concept; the inclusion of sombo and grappling, two styles of wrestling which include the use of submissions, in the programs of USA Wrestling and FILA; the relation between the wrestling and MMA communities; some highlights and controversies of the U.S. National Wrestling Championships, which were held this past weekend in Las Vegas; who are some of the top wrestling hopefuls for the 2007 World Championships and 2008 Olympics; the prospects of mixed martial arts ever becoming an Olympic sport; how he sees the Wolfpack-Pitbulls matchup going; and some interesting news about the Real Pro Wrestling organization.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here and just press the play button on the player. (Please note that if one of these sites has a technical problem, please use another one.) You can also listen to it through this blog and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player. (And if the player does not display the latest episode, please go directly 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, "IFL Battleground", every Monday on MyNetworkTV from 8-10 PM. 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.

    FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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    Monday, April 09, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Manny Pacquiao, Plus Lessons of Calzaghe-Manfredo and Clottey-Corrales Fights 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by offering some lessons, both positive and negative, highlighted by this past Saturday's fights between Joe Calzaghe and Peter Manfredo Jr., and Joshua Clottey and Diego Corrales. Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KOs), the top super middleweight fighter in the world, scored a one-sided, third-round TKO victory over Manfredo (26-4, 12 KOs) in front of a crowd reported at over 35,000 fans in Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, and shown in the U.S. on HBO. Clottey (31-2, 1 NC, 20 KOs) won a brutal ten-round welterweight battle by unanimous decision over Corrales (40-5, 33 KOs) in a fight from the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri, and shown in the U.S. on Showtime.

    We also preview the April 14 fight between 2006 Fighter of the Year Manny Pacquiao (43-3-2, 33 KOs) and Jorge Solis (32-0-2, 23 KOs), which takes place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and will be shown in the U.S. on pay-per-view television. We spoke with Manny Pacquiao on a media teleconference call about this fight and his plans.

    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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    Tuesday, April 03, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Diego Corrales, Joshua Clottey, Mayweather-De La Hoya Update 

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  • On this week's edition of
    SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by comparing the two major fights which will be shown on American television this coming Saturday, April 7: Diego Corrales vs. Joshua Clottey on Showtime, and Joe Calzaghe vs. Peter Manfredo Jr. on HBO.

    We spoke with both Diego Corrales (40-4, 33 KOs) and Joshua Clottey (30-2, 1 NC, 20 KOs) on a media teleconference call about their ten-round welterweight fight from the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri, this Saturday. This will be the first fight for Corrales, recently a lightweight champion, at welterweight.

    The May 5 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Oscar De La Hoya fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and on HBO Pay-Per-View is already getting a lot of hype. Both fighters were on another media teleconference call this past week. We have some key excerpts from that call on which both men hurled barbs at the other.

    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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    Monday, April 02, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Ben Rothwell, John Gunderson, Brad Blackburn, Showtime's Ken Hershman, Floyd Mayweather Jr. on MMA, NHB Mailbag 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman begins by answering some e-mails and commenting more on alleged mob connections in mixed martial arts.

    We preview the IFL card on Saturday, April 7, at the MARK of the Quad Cities in Moline, Ill., by speaking with three fighters who will fight that night: Ben Rothwell, the heavyweight for the Quad Cities Silverbacks; John Gunderson, the lightweight for the Reno Lions; and Brad Blackburn, the welterweight for the Seattle Tiger Sharks.

    We hear some negative comments about UFC and MMA from Floyd Mayweather Jr., regarded by most observers as the top pound-for-pound boxer in the world today.

    We also have a lengthy discussion with Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sports & Event Programming, of Showtime Networks. He is the person in charge of both boxing and MMA at Showtime, and he offers his views on both these combat sports, as well as the "Dynamite!! USA" MMA pay-per-view on Showtime, to be held June 2 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. That event will feature the MMA debut of former NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion (and W"W"E performer) Brock Lesnar, who will face the 7-foot-2 South Korean fighter Hong Man Choi. That card will also feature the MMA debut of Johnnie Morton, a former star wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. MMA legend Royce Gracie will also be on the pay-per-view. Right before that pay-per-view, EliteXC fighters Jake Shields, Antonio Silva, and Gina Carano will fight on the regular Showtime network.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here and just press the play button on the player. (Please note that if one of these sites has a technical problem, please use another one.) You can also listen to it through my blog and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player. (And if the player does not display the latest episode, please go directly 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, "IFL Battleground", every Monday on MyNetworkTV from 8-10 PM. 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.

    FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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