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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.

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