Friday, December 12, 2008

No Holds Barred: The Grappling Revival 

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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses an important development in the combat sports: the revival and resurgence of numerous important events in various styles of grappling.

    As has been reported on the ADCC News, not only are plans moving forward for the 2009 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship, which will likely be held in late summer at a site to be determined, but there also has been an announcement that a new International Professional Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IPJJF) will start running events in 2009. The World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup will take place in April 2009, with trials in Brazil, the U.S., Canada, Japan, Europe, and Australia. More information on that will also be announced shortly.

    In college wrestling in the U.S., a new all-time attendance record was set Saturday, December 6, when 15,955 fans jammed into Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City to see the top-ranked University of Iowa Hawkeyes defeat their intrastate rivals, the second-ranked Iowa State Cyclones, by a score of 20-15. That broke the old record of 15,646, set on Feb. 1, 2002, when Minnesota hosted Iowa at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

    In the sport of sumo wrestling, a new professional company called the International Sumo League plans to run a tour of the U.S., starting Sunday, April 5, 2009, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, and culminating with a planned championship tournament in Madison Square Garden Saturday, November 7, 2009. Organized by some of the same people who ran the World Sumo League in 2005 and 2006, they are in talks with CBS Sports about televising their shows.

    Taken together, it is clear that there is a grappling revival going on, and that is what we discuss on this edition of No Holds Barred.

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    Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    Eddie Goldman and Mike Silver on Joey Reynolds Show 

    Eddie Goldman of No Holds Barred and SecondsOut Radio and boxing historian and author Mike Silver were guests on the nationally-syndicated "Joey Reynolds Show" late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, December 9/10. Eddie Goldman is also the boxing correspondent for the "Joey Reynolds Show".

    Mike Silver has a new book out entitled The Arc of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science.

    Our discussion focused on the theme of this book. We talked about the many problems in boxing and how the sport has fallen from being one of the most popular and technical in the world to one in which mediocrity, at best, rules.

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    Sunday, December 07, 2008

    SecondsOut Radio: Pacquiao-De La Hoya and the Decline of American Boxing, Holiday Hits Review 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing how the one-sided beatdown administered by Manny Pacquiao on Oscar De La Hoya this past Saturday, December 6, was symptomatic of the continuing decline of American boxing. With this decisive win by the much smaller Pacquiao over De La Hoya, American boxing now has no real superstars.

    We next discuss a local New York card which resulted in several surprises. Of the 13 fights on Ring Promotions' "Holiday Hits" show held Thursday, December 4, at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, there were four upsets, including in both of the featured bouts.

    Right after the fights concluded, we spoke with our colleague Keisha Morrisey to discuss this show. We also spoke with three of the victorious fighters: light heavyweight Will Rosinsky (3-0, 3 KOs), heavyweight Tor Hamer (2-0, 2 KOs), and veteran heavyweight Marcellus Brown (26-17-1, 22 KOs), who won his main event bout with Nagy Aguilera (10-1, 6 KOs) by disqualification.

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