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Saturday, March 27, 2010

No Holds Barred: Mikey Burnett, Fighter 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the legendary mixed martial arts fighter Mikey Burnett.

A veteran of the UFC in the 1990s and a member of the world-renowned Lion's Den, Mikey tried a return to action on "The Ultimate Fighter" television show in 2006, but with very disappointing results. Injuries ended his comeback, which are now the subject of a lawsuit.

Despite these injuries, Mikey continues to stay active, as co-owner and a trainer at the Oklahoma Fight Club in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, near Tulsa.

We spoke with Mikey by telephone Friday afternoon, beginning with a little fun chat about country music, of which we are both fans. But this lengthy discussion mainly focused on his fighting career and his plans, including the controversy around his appearance on "The Ultimate Fighter". He explained the type of pain he has to endure, which is the result of the injuries he suffered while fighting, and how he copes with it. We discussed the culture on that show which led to his antics on it. He stressed that he never wanted to file a lawsuit, but explained why he felt it was necessary. He told us of his current activities, including his training in jiu-jitsu to go with his background in boxing, wrestling, and submission fighting, and much more.

This is the type of story which is among the most important in mixed martial arts, about the real life of a real fighter, and we have it for you right here on No Holds Barred.

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