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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

No Holds Barred: Haulin Cass of Gotham Girls Roller Derby, NHB Mailbag on Dumb MMA 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman continues our discussions about the fastest-growing sport in America, roller derby, and the dumbest sport in America, mixed martial arts, and their interrelationship.

    This past Saturday, October 25, the Gotham Girls Roller Derby held their 2008 season championship bout at Hunter College in New York. In an upset and a surprising rout, the former league champions, the Queens of Pain, toppled the defending champions, the Bronx Gridlock, by a score of 161-113.

    After the game, we spoke with Haulin' Cass, a blocker for Queens, about their victory, and what is coming up in the post-season.

    The Gotham Girls All-Stars are ranked number one in the East by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), and will be competing in the 2008 WFTDA Championship Tournament, November 14-16, in Portland, Oregon.

    Next, we discuss some of the e-mails we received regarding our last show, which was entitled, "Has Mixed Martial Arts Become the Dumbest Sport in America?" We answered in the affirmative, and we got an overwhelmingly positive response from many people who have grown disgusted with the present direction of MMA in general, and UFC in particular.

    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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    Sunday, October 26, 2008

    SecondsOut Radio: Cristian Mijares, Vic Darchinyan, George Kimball on the Four Kings 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman discusses the present and past of boxing, and its present and past champions.

    This coming Saturday, November 1, there will be a title unification bout in one of boxing's most exciting and talented weight classes, the super flyweight division (115 pounds). WBA and WBC champion Cristian Mijares (35-3-2, 13 KOs), of Gomez Palacio, Mexico, will face IBF champion Vic Darchinyan (30-1-1, 24 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. This fight will be telecast live on Showtime in the U.S.

    We spoke with both Cristian Mijares and Vic Darchinyan on a media conference call this past week about what to expect in this fight.

    Boxing is also a sport in which you can live simultaneously in the present and the past, and sanely, too. A new book by veteran boxing writer George Kimball transports us back into the past by tracing the intertwined careers of Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Duran. The book is entitled Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing.

    We spoke with George Kimball about his book and the past, present, and future of boxing, right before the Oct. 18 Bernard Hopkins-Kelly Pavlik fight in Atlantic City, and after he had participated in a forum on the book with trainer Emanuel Steward, promoter Bob Arum, and announcer Larry Merchant.

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    Saturday, October 25, 2008

    No Holds Barred: Has Mixed Martial Arts Become the Dumbest Sport in America? 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the devolution of mixed martial arts into becoming one of the dumbest, if not the dumbest, sports in America.

    Among the issues raised in this no holds barred commentary are how this sport was once a brilliant laboratory and school where discussion of technique was the order of the day, the imitation of the vulgar fake pro "wrestling" by UFC, the hatred of grappling by EliteXC which eventually led to the self-destruction of that company, the preposterous idea by Affliction of a creating a "reality" show to find an opponent for top heavyweight and pound-for-pound MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko, the continued reliance on the technologically obsolete pay-per-view television model, 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.

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    Tuesday, October 21, 2008

    Listen to Roller Derby Girls on Joey Reynolds! 

    It was a night of fun, facts, and firsts, as four members of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby made their first guest appearances on the nationally-syndicated "Joey Reynolds Show" late Monday night/early Tuesday morning, October 20/21. Joining this animated discussion were Eddie Goldman of No Holds Barred, who is also the boxing correspondent for the "Joey Reynolds Show", and attorney Albert Wunsch.

    Representing the Gotham Girls Roller Derby were Dainty Inferno and Lemony Kickit of the Bronx Gridlock, and Dinah Party and Haulin' Cass of the Queens of Pain. Their two teams will meet for the 2008 season championship this Saturday, October 25, at the Hunter College Sportsplex on Lexington Avenue and 68th Street in Manhattan.

    Joey led this lively, open-ended discussion, which included the girls explaining how and why they got involved with roller derby, the history of the sport, its culture, the basic rules and league structure, how it is a do-it-yourself, skater-owned and -operated venture, and more. We also found some time to discuss a little boxing, including the victory this past Saturday night by Bernard Hopkins over Kelly Pavlik, and how most of the people running boxing are also ruining it.

    You can play or download this show 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 "Joey Reynolds Show" is a national radio broadcast in New York on WOR 710 AM and on 100 other stations via the WOR Network. The show airs live beginning at midnight EDT and runs to 5 AM EDT. For more information on the "Joey Reynolds Show", go to http://wor710.com/pages/46370.php?contentType=4&contentId=157588.

    For more information on show producer Myra Chanin, go to http://motherwonderful.com/.

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    Monday, October 20, 2008

    No Holds Barred: Steve Nelson and Oct. 24 Shark Fight Promotions MMA Card in Amarillo, Texas 

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  • 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.

    Our focus on this show is the debut mixed martial arts card being held Friday, October 24, in Amarillo, of Shark Fight Promotions.

    This card, which will take place at the Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Exposition grounds right near Interstate 40, will also be available on an Internet pay-per-view. Steve will be the lead commentator for this Internet pay-per-view.

    Besides the fight card, there will also be a tribute on this show to Amarillo native, the late Evan Tanner. One dollar of every pay-per-view purchase will be donated to the Evan Tanner Scholarship Fund.

    In a lengthy interview, we discuss the debut of Shark Fight Promotions in Amarillo, this fight card and which fighters to watch most closely, mixed martial arts and wrestling in Amarillo and Texas, and more.

    We also open the show with some comments on the masterful performance of Bernard Hopkins this past Saturday night, Oct. 18, in defeating Kelly Pavlik by a lopsided unanimous decision.

    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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    Dainty Inferno and Dinah Party of Gotham Girls Roller Derby and Eddie Goldman on Joey Reynolds Show Oct. 20/21 


    It's time to discuss roller derby, the fastest-growing sport in America, on the nationally-syndicated "Joey Reynolds Show".

    Scheduled to be guests this Monday night/Tuesday morning, October 20/21, are skaters Dainty Inferno and Dinah Party of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby, and Eddie Goldman of No Holds Barred, who is also the boxing correspondent for the "Joey Reynolds Show".

    Dainty Inferno skates for the defending Gotham Girls Roller Derby champions, the Bronx Gridlock, while Dinah Party skates for the Queens of Pain. Their two teams will meet for the 2008 season championship this Saturday, October 25, at the Hunter College Sportsplex on Lexington Avenue and 68th Street in Manhattan.

    The Gotham Girls Roller Derby team just finished first at the Eastern Regional Tournament of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), held October 10-12, in Madison, Wisconsin. They now will compete at the 2008 WFTDA Championship Tournament for the national title, November 14-16, in Portland, Oregon.

    If you are not familiar with this exciting and edgy contact sport, then listen in to find out the basics. If you are familiar with roller derby, then listen in to learn more about the skaters and the upcoming championship games.

    The "Joey Reynolds Show" is a national radio broadcast in New York on WOR 710 AM and on 100 other stations via the WOR Network. The show airs live beginning at midnight EDT and runs to 5 AM EDT. We are presently scheduled to come on towards the end of the show.

    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://wor710.com/pages/46370.php?contentType=4&contentId=157588.


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    Sunday, October 19, 2008

    SecondsOut Radio: Bernard Hopkins, The Old School Wins 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman discusses the masterful performance by Bernard Hopkins (49-5-1, 32 KOs) in taking a lopsided unanimous decision this past Saturday night against previously-unbeaten Kelly Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

    We hear postfight comments from the master himself, the 43-year-old Hopkins, about what he did to win this fight. We hear from his trainer, Naazim Richardson, about why Hopkins was able to fight so energetically against Pavlik for 12 rounds. And we also discuss some problems in the way in which boxing is run which have prevented Hopkins from becoming as popular a star as his talent warrants.

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    Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    No Holds Barred: Kelly Pavlik, Bernard Hopkins, Bob Arum, Melvina Lathan, Jack Loew, Naazim Richardson 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman presents our final preview of the fight taking place this coming Saturday, October 18, between Kelly Pavlik (34-0, 30 KOs) and Bernard Hopkins (48-5-1, 32 KOs). The undefeated Pavlik, still the middleweight champion, will step up to light heavyweight to face Hopkins, the former middleweight and light heavyweight champion, in a 12-round fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and on HBO Pay-Per-View in the U.S.

    At the final news conference held in New York Tuesday, October 14, we got the comments of both Kelly Pavlik and Bernard Hopkins about the historical importance of this fight and what to expect in it. We also have the comments of their trainers, Jack Loew, who trains Pavlik, and Naazim Richardson, who trains Hopkins.

    In addition, we have comments about how the current economic crisis is affecting boxing and mixed martial arts from Melvina Lathan, chairperson of the New York State Athletic Commission, and promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, which promotes Pavlik.

    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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    Sunday, October 12, 2008

    SecondsOut Radio: Kelly Pavlik-Bernard Hopkins Preview, Klitschko-Peter and Dawson-Tarver Reviews 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by reviewing the TKO victory by Vitali Klitschko (36-2, 35 KOs) over Samuel Peter (30-2, 23 KOs) to capture the WBC heavyweight championship, and the unanimous decision victory by Chad Dawson (27-0, 17 KOs) over Antonio Tarver (27-5, 19 KOs) to capture the IBF light heavyweight championship. Both fights took place this past Saturday, October 11.

    This coming Saturday, October 18, the undefeated Kelly Pavlik (34-0, 30 KOs), still the middleweight champion, steps up to light heavyweight to face the former middleweight and light heavyweight champion, Bernard Hopkins (48-5-1, 32 KOs), in a 12-round fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This fight will be shown in the U.S. on HBO Pay-Per-View.

    When both Kelly Pavlik and Bernard Hopkins were in New York for the kickoff news conference for this fight, they spoke with the boxing media about what to expect in their showdown. We have these discussions for you as a preview to this fight.

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    Saturday, October 11, 2008

    No Holds Barred: John Perretti on EliteXC Kimbo-Petruzelli Controversy, Striking and Grappling in MMA, and More 

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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.

    In another lengthy interview, we discuss one of the biggest scandals in U.S. mixed martial arts history, the controversy revolving around the Oct. 4 Kimbo Slice-Seth Petruzelli EliteXC fight, and the degree to which the promoters may or may not have tried to protect Kimbo by having Petruzelli avoid taking down Kimbo. We discuss the roles of striking and grappling in the mixed martial arts and their evolution since the early days of the sport. Plus, we discuss John's plans for developing his new combat sport, and much 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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    Tuesday, October 07, 2008

    No Holds Barred: Todd Hester Interviews Eddie Goldman 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our colleague and correspondent, Todd Hester, who is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Gladiator Magazine.

    The tables are turned, however, as Todd conducts an in-depth interview with Eddie about Eddie's background, how he got into covering the combat sports, what they represent to him philosophically and historically, what his plans are now, 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.

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    Sunday, October 05, 2008

    SecondsOut Radio: Peter-Klitschko, Tarver-Dawson, Pavlik-Hopkins 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman continues our preview of 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).

    On a media conference call, we hear comments from Stacy McKinley, who trains Samuel Peter, about how his fighter has improved over the years, as well as comments from Vitali Klitschko, Sam Peter, and Bernd Boente, the KMG Managing Director who represents both Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. This fight will take place in Berlin, Germany, and be televised on Showtime in the U.S. and on RTL in Germany.

    Also on October 11, the long-awaited light heavyweight showdown between IBF champion Antonio Tarver (27-4, 19 KOs) and undefeated Chad Dawson (26-0, 17 KOs) will take place in Las Vegas. This will be shown live in the U.S. on Showtime.

    On what became a very heated media conference call this past week, we hear comments from both Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson.

    We also begin our preview of the October 18 fight between Kelly Pavlik and Bernard Hopkins. We spoke with Jack Loew, who trains Pavlik, and Naazim Richardson, who trains Hopkins, at a recent New York new conference about this fight.

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    Thursday, October 02, 2008

    No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal 



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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with three-time U.S. national freestyle wrestling champion and now mixed martial arts fighter, King Mo Lawal. Mo made his successful fighting debut this past Sunday, September 28, defeating veteran Travis Wiuff in the first round by TKO with a ground-and-pound attack, at the Sengoku 5 show in Tokyo, Japan.

    That fight can be seen above.

    In a lengthy discussion, we talk about Mo's entry into the world of mixed martial arts, his victorious first fight, his plans for the future, his criticisms of USA Wrestling and whether or not he will continue wrestling, his views on a number of upcoming major boxing fights, 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.

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