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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

No Holds Barred: Marcus Conan Silveira, Kelly Anundson, Richie Guerriero of American Top Team 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman concludes our series of interviews conducted at the 2009 FILA Grappling World Championships by speaking with Marcus "Conan" Silveira, Kelly Anundson, and Richie Guerriero of American Top Team.

Marcus "Conan" Silveira is a pioneer in mixed martial arts, and was the first Extreme Fighting heavyweight champion. He also played a key role in founding American Top Team.

Kelly Anundson, who competes in wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts, won two gold medals at the Grappling World Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He won the men's 120 kg/264.5 lbs. no-gi championship, and then the men's open division in no-gi grappling.

Richie Guerriero is the general manager at American Top Team.

We spoke with all three at the American Top Team headquarters in Coconut Creek, Florida, Monday, December 14.

If you would like to support No Holds Barred financially, you can send a gift through our PayPal account. Just click the "DONATE" button on the No Holds Barred pages at http://nhbnews.blogspot.com or http://nhbnews.podomatic.com. Any size gift, large or small, is greatly appreciated.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred 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 Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

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.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

GRACIEMAG, the most reliable source of information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. GRACIEMAG represents Jiu-Jitsu philosophy and features news, profiles, history, photos, videos, and tips and secrets of the mother of all martial arts. Published since 1996 in Brazil, GRACIEMAG: The Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle, is in both English and Portuguese, and is also online at GRACIEMAG.com.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

No Holds Barred: Dr. Margaret Goodman on Mayweather-Pacquiao Drug-Testing Controversy 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Dr. Margaret Goodman about the heated drug-testing controversy which threatens to derail the proposed fight between top pound-for-pound boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on March 13, 2010, in Las Vegas. Dr. Goodman is a neurologist, the former chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and also the medical correspondent for No Holds Barred.

In a lengthy interview recorded Sunday evening, we discuss why it is "the right thing" for the regulatory bodies of sports like boxing and mixed martial arts to adopt the protocols of the World Anti-Doping Agency and have random prefight blood testing of all fighters for widely-used banned and dangerous substances, including EPO and human growth hormone. Thus far, the Mayweather camp has insisted on such testing, while the Pacquiao camp has vehemently opposed that.

Dr. Goodman explains why the current testing procedures used by the various athletic commissions are "behind the times" and must be changed. We discuss how the controversy around the proposed Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is further killing and discrediting boxing, and why the motivations of the Mayweather camp in bringing this issue to the fore are far less important than the need for such testing to protect the health and safety of the fighters.

This interview provides scientifically-based information and analysis that most of the media either does not or will not dare discuss, but it is all right here for you on No Holds Barred.

If you would like to support No Holds Barred financially, you can send a gift through our PayPal account. Just click the "DONATE" button on the No Holds Barred pages at http://nhbnews.blogspot.com or http://nhbnews.podomatic.com. Any size gift, large or small, is greatly appreciated.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred 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 Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

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.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

GRACIEMAG, the most reliable source of information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. GRACIEMAG represents Jiu-Jitsu philosophy and features news, profiles, history, photos, videos, and tips and secrets of the mother of all martial arts. Published since 1996 in Brazil, GRACIEMAG: The Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle, is in both English and Portuguese, and is also online at GRACIEMAG.com.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

No Holds Barred: Ricardo Liborio 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with the legendary Ricardo Liborio of American Top Team.

As head coach of USA Grappling, he also led the U.S. team to victories at the 2009 FILA Grappling World Championships, held December 12-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

We spoke with the master himself Wednesday to get his summation of this event. Our lengthy interview included discussing the international significance of this event, why he feels that it should focus more on the no-gi rather than the gi competition, the future of grappling, his plans for 2010, and much more.

If you would like to support No Holds Barred financially, you can send a gift through our PayPal account. Just click the "DONATE" button on the No Holds Barred pages at http://nhbnews.blogspot.com or http://nhbnews.podomatic.com. Any size gift, large or small, is greatly appreciated.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred 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 Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

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.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

GRACIEMAG, the most reliable source of information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. GRACIEMAG represents Jiu-Jitsu philosophy and features news, profiles, history, photos, videos, and tips and secrets of the mother of all martial arts. Published since 1996 in Brazil, GRACIEMAG: The Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle, is in both English and Portuguese, and is also online at GRACIEMAG.com.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal 


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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with the mixed martial arts fighter and freestyle and college wrestling champion, "King" Mo Lawal.

Making his debut for the Strikeforce mixed martial arts promotion on their card held this past Saturday night, December 19, "King" Mo scored a knockout over mixed martial arts veteran Mike Whitehead in just 3:08 of the first round. His mixed martial arts record now stands at 6-0, with 5 knockouts.

In a telephone interview recorded Monday, December 21, we had a lengthy discussion about his latest victory. We discussed what happened in this fight, his praiseworthy boxing technique, why he still has haters who do not understand his level of skill and athleticism, how he is being treated by the Strikeforce promotion, his plans for the coming year, fighting in a cage vs. fighting in a ring, contracts in mixed martial arts, the dangers of punching on the ground, how he would like to change the rules of mixed martial arts, his entourage of "queens" who accompanied him to the cage but were not shown on this live telecast, and more.

If you would like to support No Holds Barred financially, you can send a gift through our PayPal account. Just click the "DONATE" button on the No Holds Barred pages at http://nhbnews.blogspot.com or http://nhbnews.podomatic.com. Any size gift, large or small, is greatly appreciated.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred 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 Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

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.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

GRACIEMAG, the most reliable source of information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. GRACIEMAG represents Jiu-Jitsu philosophy and features news, profiles, history, photos, videos, and tips and secrets of the mother of all martial arts. Published since 1996 in Brazil, GRACIEMAG: The Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle, is in both English and Portuguese, and is also online at GRACIEMAG.com.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

No Holds Barred: Tori Adams, Raphael Davis, Sara McMann, Jessica Aguilar, Tom LeCuyer, Zach Makovsky 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman continues our series of interviews with world champion grapplers from the 2009 FILA Grappling World Championships, held December 12-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

We spoke with Tori Adams, who won gold medals in the 67 kg/147 lbs. no-gi women's and open no-gi women's divisions; Raphael Davis, who won a gold medal in the 96 kg/211.5 lbs. no-gi men's division for the second year in a row; Sara McMann, an Olympic and world silver medalist freestyle wrestler who won a gold medal in the 63 kg/138.75 lbs. no-gi women's division; Jessica Aguilar, who won a gold medal in the 59 kg/130 lbs. no-gi women's division; Tom LeCuyer, who won a gold medal in the 66 kg/145.5 lbs. no-gi men's division; and Zach Makovsky, who won a gold medal in the 60 kg/132 lbs. no-gi men's division.

We not only discussed their grappling victories and future plans in grappling and wrestling, but also their attitudes to mixed martial arts.

We also open with a discussion of the latest study linking concussions with brain damage and dementia in American football, and how that might affect mixed martial arts, grappling, and boxing.

If you would like to support No Holds Barred financially, you can send a gift through our PayPal account. Just click the "DONATE" button on the No Holds Barred pages at http://nhbnews.blogspot.com or http://nhbnews.podomatic.com. Any size gift, large or small, is greatly appreciated.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred 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 Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

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.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

GRACIEMAG, the most reliable source of information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. GRACIEMAG represents Jiu-Jitsu philosophy and features news, profiles, history, photos, videos, and tips and secrets of the mother of all martial arts. Published since 1996 in Brazil, GRACIEMAG: The Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle, is in both English and Portuguese, and is also online at GRACIEMAG.com.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

No Holds Barred: Henry Cejudo, Ben Askren, King Mo Lawal, Cung Le, Scott Smith 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman continues our series of interviews from the 2009 FILA Grappling World Championships, and previews the December 19 Strikeforce mixed martial arts card, which will take place in San Jose, California, and will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime.

First up is 2008 Olympic gold medalist freestyle wrestler, Henry Cejudo. His autobiography, American Victory, will be released January 5, 2010. At the Grappling World Championships, which he was observing, we spoke about his life and this new book. We also discussed the forthcoming chapters in his life, as he will now be training under the legendary Ricardo Liborio at American Top Team. There he will be learning submissions, jiu-jitsu, and grappling, as he prepares potentially to become a mixed martial arts fighter. We also discuss his plans to return to wrestling for the 2012 Olympics, how he has been a lifelong student of boxing, and more.

Next is another member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team, Ben Askren. He won a gold medal at the 2009 Grappling World Championships this past weekend at 84 kg/185 lbs. in men's no-gi grappling. We spoke with him candidly about what this victory does and does not mean, why he wants changes to these grappling rules to attract more jiu-jitsu athletes to this event, how he will continue to wrestle as well as improve his jiu-jitsu skills, his signing by the Bellator Fighting Championships to begin fighting in their mixed martial arts events in April 2010, training to compete in wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and mixed martial arts all at once, and more.

We next speak with a regular guest on No Holds Barred, the undefeated mixed martial arts fighter and freestyle and college wrestling champion, "King" Mo Lawal. He will be making his debut in Strikeforce when he faces mixed martial arts veteran Mike Whitehead in a heavyweight bout on the December 19 show. We spoke with "King" Mo about how he plans to fight his opponent, fighting at heavyweight, his first fight in a cage, how he has been treated in Strikeforce, whether he prefers competing in mixed martial arts or wrestling, his expected entourage of "queens" who will accompany him to the cage, and much more.

The main event of this December 19 Strikeforce card features the unbeaten former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Cung Le, who vacated his title to concentrate on an acting career, returning to competition to face veteran Scott Smith. On a recent media conference call, we spoke with both Cung Le and Scott Smith about whether or not Cung Le will also have to fight ring rust, what to expect in this fight regarding the mix of striking and grappling, and more.

This is another edition of No Holds Barred loaded with discussions with some of the top combat sports athletes in the world, so make sure to check it out.

If you would like to support No Holds Barred financially, you can send a gift through our PayPal account. Just click the "DONATE" button on the No Holds Barred pages at http://nhbnews.blogspot.com or http://nhbnews.podomatic.com. Any size gift, large or small, is greatly appreciated.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred 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 Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

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.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

GRACIEMAG, the most reliable source of information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. GRACIEMAG represents Jiu-Jitsu philosophy and features news, profiles, history, photos, videos, and tips and secrets of the mother of all martial arts. Published since 1996 in Brazil, GRACIEMAG: The Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle, is in both English and Portuguese, and is also online at GRACIEMAG.com.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

No Holds Barred: Felicia Oh, Grappling Star 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with grappling star Felicia Oh.

At the 2009 Grappling World Championships, held December 12-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she won two world championships, winning both the no-gi and gi tournaments in the women's 50 kg/110 lbs. division. She adds these to her long list of grappling and jiu-jitsu credentials, which include a silver medal at the 2007 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships in the women's 55 kg division.

Besides competing in all these events, Felicia Oh is employed as a grappling and fitness instructor at the Big John McCarthy Ultimate Training Academy in Valencia, California.

In a lengthy and heartfelt interview held just after she won that second world championship, she explains how and why she went from being a self-described computer geek to a world champion, and how grappling and jiu-jitsu have become key components of her life. She discusses combat sports and the need to have a healthy lifestyle. She explains how grappling helps her appreciate life. She frankly discusses why she made the life choices she did. And she gives you a glimpse of why so many people who know her respect her so much.

Felicia Oh is thus a star both on and off the mat, and you can hear her on this edition of No Holds Barred.

If you would like to support No Holds Barred financially, you can send a gift through our PayPal account. Just click the "DONATE" button on the No Holds Barred pages at http://nhbnews.blogspot.com or http://nhbnews.podomatic.com. Any size gift, large or small, is greatly appreciated.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred 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 Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

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.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

GRACIEMAG, the most reliable source of information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. GRACIEMAG represents Jiu-Jitsu philosophy and features news, profiles, history, photos, videos, and tips and secrets of the mother of all martial arts. Published since 1996 in Brazil, GRACIEMAG: The Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle, is in both English and Portuguese, and is also online at GRACIEMAG.com.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

No Holds Barred: Bob Carson on Grappling 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our colleague and correspondent Bob Carson, who is also the host of Carson's Corner.

Our subject is grappling, a sport which is growing phenomenally. But with all the great grappling events around the world, can this sport ever become a mass, spectator sport? That is what we discuss, right here on No Holds Barred.

If you would like to support No Holds Barred financially, you can send a gift through our PayPal account. Just click the "DONATE" button on the No Holds Barred pages at http://nhbnews.blogspot.com or http://nhbnews.podomatic.com. Any size gift, large or small, is greatly appreciated.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred 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 Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

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.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

GRACIEMAG, the most reliable source of information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. GRACIEMAG represents Jiu-Jitsu philosophy and features news, profiles, history, photos, videos, and tips and secrets of the mother of all martial arts. Published since 1996 in Brazil, GRACIEMAG: The Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle, is in both English and Portuguese, and is also online at GRACIEMAG.com.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

No Holds Barred: John Perretti, the Anvil Effect, and Fighter Safety in MMA 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our colleague and senior correspondent, the legendary martial artist and matchmaker John Perretti, about the growing safety concerns in mixed martial arts and boxing, and what must be done to make these sports safer for the athletes immediately.

We begin with John rebuking the notion that mixed martial arts today, with all its rules and regulations, is safer than it was in the 1990s, when he served first as matchmaker for Battlecade/Extreme Fighting and then UFC. We discuss why both incompetent officiating, and the style of fighting and widespread use of techniques such as elbows and punches to the head on the ground, which are so in vogue today in mixed martial arts, have increased the danger to the fighters. As John puts it, these techniques create an "anvil" effect, and thus should no longer be allowed.

We also discuss why so many older fighters are being recycled and still booked in companies like UFC, and the danger that creates.

And we address the latest in a series of scandals emerging from boxing this past weekend. We discuss why one judge in the exciting and closely-contested Paul Williams-Sergio Martinez fight actually scored it 119-110 for Williams, the latest hand-wrap scandal that led to Melissa Hernandez not fighting Holly Holm, the riot in the ring in Minneapolis when the referee did not hear the bell to end the first round of the Joey Abell-Raphael Butler fight and Abell knocked Butler out after that bell, the ending of the padded undefeated records of Tyrone Brunson and Dmitriy Salita, and more.

This is another groundbreaking discussion, raising issues few dare even to admit exist, and it is all right here for you on No Holds Barred.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred 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 Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

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.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

GRACIEMAG, the most reliable source of information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. GRACIEMAG represents Jiu-Jitsu philosophy and features news, profiles, history, photos, videos, and tips and secrets of the mother of all martial arts. Published since 1996 in Brazil, GRACIEMAG: The Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle, is in both English and Portuguese, and is also online at GRACIEMAG.com.

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Friday, December 04, 2009

No Holds Barred: Ricardo Liborio and Gary Abbott on 2009 Grappling World Championships 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling legend Ricardo Liborio and Gary Abbott, the Director of Communications and Special Projects for USA Wrestling, about the 2009 Grappling World Championships.

This event will be held Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

There will also be a free, live webcast of this event on TheMat.com.

During the two days of this event there will be both no-gi and gi competition for men and women. Among the many athletes scheduled to compete are jiu-jitsu world champions Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros and Edson Diniz, ADCC world champion Jeff Monson, Olympic silver medalist freestyle wrestler Sara McMann, two-time NCAA wrestling champion and U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestler Ben Askren, and mixed martial arts fighters Mark Bocek, Din Thomas, Tara LaRosa, Shayna Baszler, and Miesha Tate.

Ricardo Liborio, who is the co-owner and head instructor for American Top Team, and also the head coach of the USA Grappling team which will be competing in this event, will also be giving a free grappling clinic between sessions of the Grappling World Championships on Saturday, December 12.

In a lengthy interview, we all discussed the importance of this world championship event, the strong Brazilian team which will compete in it, the many top American combat sports athletes in it who hope to earn the U.S. a second straight world team title, the pros and cons of the rules of this event, the prospects of grappling being added to the program of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the relation between the different styles of grappling and wrestling, and much more.
You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred 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 Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

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.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

GRACIEMAG, the most reliable source of information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. GRACIEMAG represents Jiu-Jitsu philosophy and features news, profiles, history, photos, videos, and tips and secrets of the mother of all martial arts. Published since 1996 in Brazil, GRACIEMAG: The Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle, is in both English and Portuguese, and is also online at GRACIEMAG.com.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

No Holds Barred: Kid Peligro on the Decade in Grappling 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our correspondent and colleague Kid Peligro, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a senior editor of the ADCC News, about the phenomenal growth of grappling in this first decade of this new century.

Besides being the foundation of mixed martial arts, grappling itself is now a sport contested in numerous international, national, regional, and local events. Our discussion reviewed the growth of these events, including the most prestigious of these, the ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship.

We examined where grappling is headed in the next decade, its exponential growth in this decade, how the sport is reaching a critical mass in popularity and participation, and the subsequent increase of prize money for the athletes in these events.

We also discussed the rise of newer organizations, such as FIJJA (Federation International of Jiu-Jitsu Association). With headquarters in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and a head office in Abu Dhabi, FIJJA is setting up an international professional jiu-jitsu circuit. It is organizing the Abu Dhabi Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship and numerous continental and regional qualifiers for that world championship event, which is scheduled to take place April 15-17, 2010, in Abu Dhabi. Their next qualifier, the Abu Dhabi Pro World Trials - Africa, takes place this Saturday, December 5, in Kempton Park, South Africa.

In addition, we discussed the possibility of a grappling event being held during or alongside the 2016 Summer Olympics, which take place in Rio de Janeiro, a great world capital of grappling. And we touched on the lack of an international central body governing all of grappling, the need for the various grappling bodies to work together, and more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred 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 Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

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.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

No Holds Barred: Mark Pavelich on the Maximum Fighting Championship 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the colorful and outspoken Mark Pavelich, the owner and president of the mixed martial arts company, the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC).

The next MFC show takes place this Friday, December 4, at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main event features two of the most talented and technical fights in mixed martial arts, Dean Lister and Thales Leites. This card will be televised live throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico on HDNet Fights.

There are few people in the mixed martial arts who are as passionate about the sport as Mark Pavelich. That became crystal clear from the opening moments of our lengthy phone interview, conducted Tuesday afternoon, December 1.

We of course discussed with Mark Pavelich this card, called MFC 23: Unstoppable, and the main event fighters, Dean Lister and Thales Leites. But we mainly delved into his philosophy and practices as a promoter. We discussed the history of the Maximum Fighting Championship, why his business model has been so successful, his eventual plans to run MFC shows in the U.S., his attitude to other mixed martial arts companies, how MFC is primarily a family business, the critical importance of aesthetics for his product to please the fans, why he "hates" the use of a cage in mixed martial arts and uses a ring for his events, his positive attitude to the media both big and small covering his shows, and much more.

This is a landmark interview with a unique individual, so get ready for some more intelligent and important discussion, right here on No Holds Barred.

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