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Thursday, January 28, 2010

No Holds Barred: Bob Carson Previews Strikeforce Miami 

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. We preview the Strikeforce: Miami mixed martial arts card, which takes place this Saturday, January 30, at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, near Miami. It will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime.

In our lengthy discussion, we break down the strengths and weaknesses of the main fighters on this card, which features two title fights.

The main event has Cesar Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Nick Diaz facing the Dream welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis for the Strikeforce welterweight title. The Strikeforce women's 145-pound champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos of the legendary Chute Boxe team from Curitiba, Brazil, defends her belt against the versatile Marloes Coenen of Deventer, Holland.

Also on the televised card, Robbie Lawler returns to Strikeforce against Melvin Manhoef (24-6-1) in a middleweight fight which is expected to be a slugfest. Former NAIA college wrestling champion Bobby Lashley makes his Strikeforce debut against veteran Wes Sims. And in a controversial bout, 47-year-old former football star Herschel Walker makes his MMA debut against Greg Nagy of Phoenix, Arizona.

Also on the card, former IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron takes on veteran Joe Riggs. That fight will be streamed live and for free on the EA Sports MMA web site at http://www.easportsmma.com.

As usual, we hold nothing back in analyzing what to expect on this overall worthwhile card, which we do recommend people view. We highlight the expected good and the bad of this card, including the potential perils of the fighting debut of the 47-year-old Walker. We also discuss the pros and cons of the build-up for this card, including a weak use of the Internet and social networking by Strikeforce and Showtime. And we also comment upon the business state of mixed martial arts, as well as the preposterous and largely unchallenged claim by UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar that he was recently cured of an illness by a "miracle".

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