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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

No Holds Barred: Julio Cesar Chavez Film, Jake Shields-Paul Daley, Yogi's Bar Closing 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman begins by reviewing the new documentary film "JC Chavez", which focuses on the life and career of the legendary Mexican boxer and icon, Julio Cesar Chavez. After a 25-year professional career which included numerous world championships in the super featherweight, lightweight, and light welterweight divisions, Chavez retired in 2005 with a record of 107-6-2, with 86 KOs. This worthwhile documentary, directed by Diego Luna, provides a telling look at both Chavez the man and Chavez the fighter.

    We next hear from EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields, who defends his title against Paul Daley Saturday, Oct. 4, at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., on the CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights mixed martial arts card. We spoke with both Jake Shields and Paul Daley on a recent media conference call.

    On a cultural note, the quintessential dive bar, Yogi's, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is closing its doors on Saturday, Oct. 4. This bar has become yet another victim of the growing gentrification of New York foisted upon the public by the real estate interests, the banks, and their handmaidens, the politicians.

    We discuss why this bar was so important and loved, both by people in and out of the combat sports. And to put this into perspective, we speak with author Kevin Fitzpatrick, founder and editor of the New York City Bartenders and Patrons web page.

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    The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by musician Ian Carpenter.

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    Sunday, September 28, 2008

    SecondsOut Radio: Samuel Peter, Vitali Klitschko 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman starts a preview of one of the most important fights this year, the October 11 title fight between WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (30-1, 23 KOs) and WBC heavyweight champion "emeritus" Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs). This fight, which could be a major step towards the crowning of a unified or even undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, will take place in Berlin, Germany, and be televised on Showtime in the U.S. and on RTL in Germany.

    We spoke with both Sam Peter and Vitali Klitschko at a recent news conference in New York before they both left for Germany.

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    Tuesday, September 23, 2008

    No Holds Barred: Vulgarization of MMA, Ara Abrahamian News, Mosley-Mayorga, Kimbo-Shamrock 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman takes on the world, and discusses the world of combat sports, around the world.

    Among the many international topics broached in this no holds barred presentation are: the latest news in the case of Swedish Olympic wrestler Ara Abrahamian against those who allegedly denied him the opportunity to wrestle for a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics; the continuing vulgarization of mixed martial arts and particularly the UFC in America; the successful title defense this past Saturday in Argentina by WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez; the junior middleweight fight coming up this Saturday, Sept. 27, between Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga; and the Oct. 4 mixed martial arts fight between Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock. We also hear questions and answers with Mosley and Mayorga, and Kimbo and Shamrock, from recent media conference calls.

    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.

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    Sunday, September 21, 2008

    SecondsOut Radio: Paul Williams, Cristobal Arreola, Andy Kolle, Israel Garcia, Online Boxing 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by explaining how, in America, to watch live televised boxing, when there is no live boxing on television, as was the case this past Saturday night. We also discuss how boxing hurts itself by not making more major fights available online.

    Next, we preview two fights which will be televised live in America this coming week. On Thursday, September 25, WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams (34-1, 25 KOs) tests the waters in the middleweight division by fighting true middleweight Andy Kolle (17-1, 12 KOs). Unbeaten heavyweight Cristobal Arreola (24-0, 21 KOs) hopes to show that he is worthy of a title shot when he faces veteran Israel Garcia (19-1, 11 KOs). Both these fights will take place at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, Calif., and will be shown live in the U.S. on the Versus network.

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    Thursday, September 18, 2008

    No Holds Barred: Evan Tanner Tribute with Steve Nelson 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman is joined by Steve Nelson, founder of the Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation (USWF) of Amarillo, Texas, to talk about the passing of mixed martial arts and wrestling champion Evan Tanner.

    Evan Tanner, a native of Amarillo who was living in Oceanside, Calif., was a USWF heavyweight champion, a two-time Texas high school state wrestling champion, a UFC middleweight champion, and a Pancrase Neo-Blood Tournament champion. The 37-year-old Tanner was found dead Sept. 8 after he had been reported missing while on a camping trip in southern California.

    In this interview, we discuss how Steve, who knew Evan for about 20 years, watched him progress from being a successful high school wrestler to become a champion in professional shoot wrestling and mixed martial arts. We discuss Evan's life, his legacy, his strengths and weaknesses, his unending search to find meaning for what he did, and, to use Evan's own words, his attempt to influence children positively by opposing "the message of self-glorification and disrespect" and being "the ultimate gentleman, honorable and respectful."

    There will be a public memorial meeting for Evan Tanner Saturday, September 27, beginning at 2 PM CDT, at the Amarillo Civic Center in that building’s auditorium, at 401 S. Buchanan Street, in Amarillo. The memorial meeting is called "Evan Tanner - Celebration of Life - Memorial". Steve Nelson will be a featured speaker at this memorial.

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    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:

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    Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    No Holds Barred: Golden Boy-Affliction Deal, Ginger Snap of Gotham Girls Roller Derby 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing why the new deal for Golden Boy Promotions and Affliction Clothing to run joint boxing-mixed martial arts cards on pay-per-view television is a long shot at best, and what it means for both boxing and mixed martial arts. As usual, this is a no holds barred analysis.

    In the second part of this show, we return to discussing the Gotham Girls Roller Derby league, a skater-owned and operated organization based in New York City. They have just completed their regular season, and are preparing for their postseason competition. The Gotham Girls Roller Derby is currently ranked second in the U.S., and first in the east, by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, the national organization of roller derby leagues.

    Right after their last regular season game this past Friday night, Sept. 12, where the Manhattan Mayhem routed the Brooklyn Bombshells by a score of 146-91, we spoke with Ginger Snap aka Natily Blair, the president of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby. She also skates for the Bronx Gridlock, the defending league champions, who will face the Queens of Pain Sat., Oct. 25, at Hunter College in Manhattan in their 2008 championship game.

    We discussed Friday's game, what to expect in the postseason, the structure of the regional and national postseason events, 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.

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    Sunday, September 14, 2008

    SecondsOut Radio: Marquez Stops Casamayor, Forrest and Bradley Win, Campbell-Guzman Fiasco, Lou Duva on Peter-Klitschko 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by commenting on this past weekend's major title fights. In them, Juan Manuel Marquez (49-4-1, 36 KOs) handed lightweight champion Joel Casamayor (36-4-1, 22 KOs) his first career loss by stoppage, Vernon Forrest (41-3, 29 KOs) regained the WBC super welterweight belt by impressively decisioning Sergio Mora (21-1-1, 5 KOs) in a rematch from their first bout in June, and WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley (23-0, 11 KOs) made the first defense of his belt by decisioning and dominating Edner Cherry (24-6-2, 12 KOs).

    We also discuss the fiasco which led to the fight between WBA, WBO, and IBF lightweight champion Nate Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) and Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) being cancelled after Guzman failed to make weight. And we argue that the next fight for Juan Manuel Marquez and Nate Campbell should be against one another, the best against the best in the lightweight division.

    On October 11, in Berlin, Germany, WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (30-1, 23 KOs) will defend his title against the former WBC champion and current "champion emeritus" Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs), who is making his return to the ring after a four-year absence.

    In the first of a series of interviews about this fight which will be posted over the next weeks, we spoke with the veteran trainer Lou Duva, who is working with the Peter camp. We discussed what to expect in the Peter-Klitschko fight, where he believes Peter stands in the history of heavyweight boxing, and what went wrong with the U.S. Olympic boxing team at the 2008 Olympics.

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    Thursday, September 11, 2008

    No Holds Barred: Jeff Monson and the Future of Grappling 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman begins by noting the untimely passing of mixed martial arts fighter Evan Tanner. We also discuss the rescheduling of the Affliction mixed martial arts card and what this says about their marketing, advertising, and pay-per-view strategies. And we comment upon the possible entry into mixed martial arts of boxing promoter Don King.

    This coming weekend, September 13-14, the USA Grappling World Team Trials will take place at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif. This event is organized by USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport of wrestling. This is a qualifying event for the 2008 Grappling World Championships, which will be held in Lucerne, Switzerland, December 20-21.

    Jeff Monson is an athlete known for his success in both grappling and mixed martial arts. A former ADCC submission wrestling world champion, and Pride and UFC veteran, he was both a world and U.S. champion in grappling in 2007. He will be competing at the Grappling World Team Trials this weekend in hopes of repeating.

    We conducted a lengthy interview this Wednesday with Jeff Monson, discussing grappling, its future, how he compares grappling and fighting, his career, 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.

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    Tuesday, September 09, 2008

    No Holds Barred: Charles Farrell on Boxing This Week, UFC, and More 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman is joined by our correspondent, the award-winning boxing writer Charles Farrell. Eddie and Charles are also the editors of The Boxing Standard.

    In a lengthy, candid, and animated discussion about fights this past weekend and those scheduled for next weekend, we comment on the knockout loss of Chuck Liddell by Rashad Evans at UFC 88 and what it says about mixed martial arts fighters and MMA, the 54-second knockout of British lightweight boxer Amir Khan by little-known Breidis Prescott and what it says about both fighters, the victory of former lightweight champion Juan Diaz over Michael Katsidis, the much-anticipated Joel Casamayor-Juan Manuel Marquez and Nate Campbell-Joan Guzman lightweight title bouts, the prevailing anti-technology culture in boxing, 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:

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    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.

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    Sunday, September 07, 2008

    SecondsOut Radio: Casamayor-Marquez, Campbell-Guzman, Mora-Forrest 2, Bradley-Cherry 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman previews the appealing quartet of major title fights which are coming up this Saturday, September 13, and discusses boxing's talent-rich lightweight division.

    On that date, WBA, WBO, and IBF lightweight champion Nate Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) will defend his belts against Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) in Biloxi, Mississippi. This fight will be shown in the U.S. on Showtime.

    Also on that date, the linear lightweight champion, Joel Casamayor (36-3-1, 22 KOs), will defend his title against Juan Manuel Marquez (48-4-1, 35 KOs) in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight will be shown in the U.S. on HBO pay-per-view.

    The co-feature on the HBO pay-per-view is the rematch between WBC super welterweight champion Sergio Mora (21-0-1, 5 KOs) and Vernon Forrest (40-3, 29 KOs).

    The co-feature on the Showtime telecast is the first defense of his belt by WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley (22-0, 11 KOs), who fights Edner Cherry (24-5-2, 12 KOs).

    This should be an exciting, important, and highly entertaining weekend of fights.

    On a series of media conference calls, we had a chance to ask questions of all these eight fighters and let them speak for themselves: Nate Campbell and Joan Guzman, Joel Casamayor and Juan Manuel Marquez, Sergio Mora and Vernon Forrest, and Timothy Bradley and Edner Cherry.

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    Thursday, September 04, 2008

    No Holds Barred: Henry Cejudo, Randi Miller, Couture-UFC Mess 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman begins the first part of this show by commenting on the return of Randy Couture to the UFC and how this is a major setback for the battle for the rights of fighters in the mixed martial arts. We also discuss the further devolution of the UFC, some of the main reasons for the continuing failures of their rival mixed martial arts promotions, and the need for a grassroots coalition to advance the struggle for fighters' rights.

    In the second part of the show, we turn to the sport of wrestling.

    Two of the more pleasant stories coming out of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were the gold medal victory in men's freestyle wrestling at 55kg by Henry Cejudo, and the bronze medal victory in women's freestyle wrestling at 63kg by Randi Miller. Both were in New York for a series of media appearances this week, and we caught up with them.

    Henry Cejudo discusses his Olympic victory, how he views both freestyle and folkstyle, wrestling in comparison to boxing and mixed martial arts, and his plans.

    Randi Miller discusses her Olympic victory, her style of wrestling, women's wrestling and the importance of girl's high school wrestling programs, and her plans.

    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:

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    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.

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    Monday, September 01, 2008

    No Holds Barred: John Perretti and His New Sport 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the legendary mixed martial arts promoter, matchmaker, and commentator, John Perretti.

    For the past several years, John Perretti has been involved in attempting to launch a new, professional combat sport. It will be based on the ancient sport known as calcio storico (historic football) or calcio fiorentino (Florentine football). This sport is a sort of combination of boxing, wrestling, martial arts, and football (soccer). It has existed in various forms for centuries in Florence, Italy, and now John Perretti wants to introduce it to the world.

    In a lengthy interview, we discuss this new sport, as well the mixed martial arts and other issues.

    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.

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