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Sunday, November 08, 2009

No Holds Barred: John Perretti Deconstructs Strikeforce and Fedor-Rogers 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, the second of two back-to-back shows, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our senior correspondent John Perretti about the November 7 Strikeforce mixed martial arts show, headlined by the second-round TKO by Fedor Emelianenko over Brett Rogers at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL, near Chicago.

This discussion is one of the most impassioned ever to take place on No Holds Barred. In it, John Perretti argued that the commentating on the CBS broadcast of this show was "an injustice to mixed martial arts." He said that the announcers generally failed to explain what was really going on during these fights, including the lack of proper technique and conditioning of many fighters on that card. This show "upset me," he said, as he offered numerous examples of how this presented "a caricature of mixed martial arts."

The mediocrity in and out of the cage represents a "demise of mixed martial arts," he continued, one which he lamented since he had played such a key role in developing the current structure of this sport when he was matchmaker for Extreme Fighting and UFC in the 1990s.

We also discussed the place of Fedor Emelianenko in mixed martial arts history, how sloppy his technique was, how he has obvious conditioning problems, how a top heavyweight boxer like Cris Arreola could defeat Fedor in mixed martial arts if he learned how to defend the takedown, and much more.

This is a highly controversial interview, even for No Holds Barred, and you do not want to miss this provocative but timely and essential discussion on mixed martial arts.

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