Eddie Goldman is the host and producer of the No Holds Barred international podcast and the publisher of the No Holds Barred blog.

Subscribe to No Holds Barred
Browse Archives at groups.google.com

Web No Holds Barred

Friday, August 29, 2008

No Holds Barred: Steve Nelson and the Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 

  • NO HOLDS BARRED on DojoRadio.com

  • NO HOLDS BARRED on PodOmatic

  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Steve Nelson, who fought in and ran the Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation (USWF) in the 1990's in Amarillo, Texas. This organization, which was one of the most successful local promotions of its time, held fights under what were called shootfighting rules, with only open hand strikes allowed, but with all submissions as well as kicks and knees permitted.

    Steve was also a headliner in the company's most famous fight, when he took on Ralph Gracie, who had defeated him in under a minute in 1996 under no holds barred rules in Extreme Fighting 2 in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake near Montreal. The rematch took place August 22, 1998, at a USWF show in Amarillo.

    This fight was my selection as the 1998 Fight of the Year in mixed discipline combat sports.

    A video of most of this fight can be seen here.

    In a lengthy interview, we spoke with Steve about the USWF and its history, his fights with Ralph Gracie, some of the fighters from the USWF who became notable in mixed martial arts, the movement to establish a wrestling team at West Texas A&M University, the accomplishments of the boy's and girl's wrestling teams at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, where Steve is the head coach, and more.

    You can play or download No Holds Barred here or here. You can also download it here. If one link does not work, please try another. 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:

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

    Gladiator Magazine, for in-depth coverage of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, and MMA, as well as lifestyle articles on surfing, cars, movies, and more. Gladiator Magazine is available at any major bookstore and online at BJJMart.com or Jiu Jitsu Pro Gear.

    Gladiator Challenge, shaking up the mixed martial arts world since 1999, and now with 30 shows per year. For more news and info, check out their web site, GladiatorChallenge.com.

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

    Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    Links to this post:

    Comments: Post a Comment


    Post a Comment

    0 comments Tweet

    This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

    The PodOmatic Podcast Player is available for free at:

  • Google Play
  • App Store
  • No Holds Barred Sponsors

  • Catch Wrestling Alliance
  • Skullz Double-End Bags
  • Links
  • Eddie Goldman Presented Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award -- The Conscience of Combat Sports
  • "The Martist" with John Perretti
  • Catch Wrestling Alliance
  • National Writers Union
  • MMA World Expo
  • Play the Game
  • Kristal Hart Show
  • E-Mail Icon Generator
  • Archives
    Subscribe to the NO HOLDS BARRED Blog Here

  • Google
    Web No Holds Barred

    Google Groups Subscribe to No Holds Barred
    Browse Archives at groups.google.com
    © 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Eddie Goldman all rights reserved.