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.

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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.

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